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they were the top seed in their group (cameroon, saudi arabia and ireland). i recall a merciless slaughter of saudi arabia. they beat the us in the quarters and s. korea in the semis--don't recall who their second round opponent was.

 

i don't think they're going to do as well this time. what's the mood like in the country now? confident? nervous?

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The words "German" and "optimist" rarely share a sentence unless there is a "not" somewhere in there. :( Everyone here was convinced Germany would be eliminated in the first round in the last world cup, BTW. Personally having watched the test matches this year I don't have high hopes, but on home turf maybe they'll get their act together...

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The words "German" and "optimist" rarely share a sentence unless there is a "not" somewhere in there. :( Everyone here was convinced Germany would be eliminated in the first round in the last world cup, BTW. Personally having watched the test matches this year I don't have high hopes, but on home turf maybe they'll get their act together...

Really?

 

(Sent me by German ex-postdoc. The bastard.)

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Actually, it is a little sad. So far I have seen a grand total of two (!) german flags displayed from private balconies/windows by fans in this city, even though they play tomorrow. I've seen way more italian flags around town. Germans are always very hesitant to show any nationalism, even for something that is as big a deal as this.

 

Wish me luck, I am hoping they will allow us to bring a small camera into the stadium tomorrow! And I've been told Herbert Gruenemayer will be performing a song. :(

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