Wednesday, July 7, 2010
‘Super Deutschland Olé Olé!’
Despite spirited cheering from the Argentinians at the Cape Town stadium last weekend (they even jumped up and down when they were singing their national anthem), the Germans quickly made mash of them on the pitch.
Good defense tactics kept Argentina out of play while a clever game plan combined with a generous dose of German discipline led Super Deutschland to send another South American team home on 3 July 2010. The tension in the stadium was tangible. Masses of vibrant Argentina fans became eerily quiet while the usually subdued Germans couldn’t keep their joy inside.
A 4-0 win for Germany had fans singing German football songs in the stadium long after the final whistle had blown. I cheered along with the Germans who invited me for the game. It’s always nice to learn something new, this time it was a football song: “Super Deutschland, Super Deutschland, Ole, Ole!”
Afterwards, at the Cape Quarter, the vibe was incredible. We were lucky to still get a table at Tank restaurant. The square was full and the German supporters proudly boasted with their soccer jerseys, face paint and flags. Some sushi went down well with a bottle (or three) of celebratory Haute Cabriére Chardonnay Pinot Noir while watching Spain confirm their place in the semi-final against Germany on Wednesday 7 July in Durban.
My new friends from Frankfurt quickly managed to sort out a little trip to the tropical South African city of Durban to support their team. I’ll have to sing my new found song loud enough for them to hear it all the way from Cape Town tonight.