As I said a few times in this topic already, I truly love English football. I watch Premier League, I play videogames with Arsenal or Chelsea, and I love guys like Terry (the soccer player, not the individual).
Victories against England are made so much sweeter by the English media. The day before matches seem like it's back in 1943. Our medias report everyday about the new headlines from the Sun or the Mirror, and people like me who watch soccer and dicuss just shake their head. Every English player is called to be ten times better than the German player on the same position. Every match is entitled to be the Match of the century. And Emperor Wilhelm II is dead for like 80 years - we are no Huns anymore. He used the term once, and he was a very strange person - and England keeps on and on bringing it up.
Also, this time personally, it was so strange how Rooney talked about Germany even though the World Cup had just begun. That's the same Rooney who hasn't scored a single goal at a World Cup. Miroslav Klose has scored 12 goals at World Cups so far - a lot of them against lesser teams, but also against Argentinia, and, well, now England.
Also, a lot of kids here are total England fans, naturally, by watching the Premier League. My cousin is 16 years old, soccer fanatic, and he even likes the English team more than the German. Why? Because he loves Rooney, Lampard, Terry, Gerrard.
For a guy like me, who grew up with names like Matthäus, Völler, Klinsmann, Brehme, Sammer - it hurts.
So when Germany beats those heroes, these guys who are made such overwhelming great players - it's sweet. It tastes sweet, and yes, there is Schadensfreude. Always.
But don't get me wrong. England doesn't have a problem with players. It has a problem with system and the mentality. Are players like Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney, Ashley Cole or Terry really worse than the German players? No.
But in Germany, the team is the star. And in England? I often have the idea that either a certain player is the star - Gazza in the 90s - or the head coach - Capello now. England seems to be more preoccupied with creating a cult about certain persons than creating a working system or team. Why does England play such old-style soccer? Why can't it be a 4-2-3-1 like other teams? James, Cole, Terry, Ferdinand (or now Callagher), Johnson, Barry, Lampard, Gerrard, Walcott (how can you not let him play?), Millner, Rooney. Normally, this should be such a strong team.
But honestly - regardless of the 2-2 which should have been given - England didn't "play" well in this World Cup. Did anybody see such a Combination of England like the Germans did before the second goal? Or, like we've seen from Argentinia, or even teams like Urugay or South Korea? I didn't.
The cult about guys like Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard seems to be creating the idea of "It must work, because we have..."
But it's not going to. Hell, England - Müller, who scored two goals today, is 20 years old!!! 1 year ago he played in the third German division! He's got the experience of one year of professsional soccer playing. One year. Normally, Terry eats such guys alive.
England has to change the mentality, and create a working team and system. And the media should calm down, but certainly this won't happen.