Monday, June 30, 2008
Of course I wanted Spain to win. Except for the Germans, everybody wanted Spain to win. The TV commentators didn't even pretend to be neutral. The official reasons were that they were the better team and they played beautiful football. Their victory, therefore, was a matter of simple justice. But, it occurs to me, if Germany had been better and more beautiful, we would still have wanted Spain to win. Germany, as a nation, inspires little affection or enthusiasm. Is this still the hangover of the war and the still potent imagery of Nazism? Or is it merely the fact that, in Europe, they always feel like the overdog?
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 4:52 am