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July 3, 2010

"Pride goes before destruction"

Filed under Life in Europe

The quote from the book of Proverbs in the Bible comes to mind after Germany’s 4-0 World Cup victory over Argentina today.

Four years ago at the World Cup football tournament held in Germany, Argentina met Germany at the same stage of the tournament 2010 World Cup and the game ended in a tie – including the 30 minute overtime. Germany won the match via the penalty shoot-out. A shoving match followed with a key German defender being suspended for one game, which happened to be the semifinal game that Germany lost to Italy in overtime. Prior to today’s game Argentine players vowed revenge for their defeat four years ago. At a press conference prior to the game, their coach Diego Maradona put on an imitation German accent to make fun of German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. Perhaps the Argentine coach should have been more circumspect with his pre-game comments. Schweinsteiger was the man of the match with brilliant mid-field play, helping to drive the German attack, which included an easy tap-in goal by star striker Miroslav Klose (in the picture). After 90 minutes, Germany had soundly beaten Argentina 4-0 in an exciting offensive match described as a humiliating defeat by the Argentine press. Argentine coach Maradona was not heard to attempt a German accent after the game.

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