tger greenhaddock: World Cup Winners 2007

Monday, October 01, 2007

World Cup Winners 2007

On Sunday the German Women's football team beat Brazil 2-0 in the World Cup final to become the first team to successfully defend the title. It was an exciting game with the Brazilians dominating possession for large parts of the game. The German defence managed to absorb the intense pressure from the opposition and then scored goals from Birgit Prinz and Simone Laudehr when they had the chance. In the second half Brazil were awarded a penalty which the German keeper Nadine Angerer (photo credit to FIFA) saved superbly. In fact she made several fine saves, which meant that Germany conceded not a single goal in the whole tournament (a record feat).

Personally I was not taken with the samba magic of the Brazilian team. Sure they can play beautiful football, but they dived too easily, fouled too often and seemed to lack a sense of fair play. In the semi final they celebrated when a USA player was sent off, and that is not sporting.

It was a good football weekend for the Haddock household as Werder Bremen also won. They beat Arminia Bielefeld 8-1 on Saturday setting a new Bundesliga record for the highest win.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I heard of the win... Yeah to Germany... Only got to see some highlights..

October 01, 2007 3:47 AM  
Anonymous deepblue said...

It was a great game! As it was such a sunny day, we went out for a walk in the wineyards and whatched the game on video in the evening. We didnt't know the results, and as we didn't saw any flags and heard nobody celebrating, I thought, they lost the game. We put the flag on the car and the big one out on the balcony!

October 01, 2007 11:00 AM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I read about that and thought of you and your family immediately. Maybe you're one of he few who actually writes about the ladies football team?

October 01, 2007 5:56 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

The good football scores were also welcomed here! It turns out that one of the younger Bremen players who made his first appearance last week is a student at my husband's school.

October 03, 2007 6:57 PM  
Blogger In Actual Fact said...

But what about tonight, eh? "Piraeus will get stuffed by Bremen" I inform the Greek barman.
"Ha!" he replies "You give me 10 pounds for every goal piraeus score and I give you 10 for every goal for bremen."

If only it was Saturday and the barman was from Bielefeld...:-(

October 04, 2007 1:21 AM  
Blogger Lx said...

nice!

October 05, 2007 8:26 PM  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

Congratulations of the win, footie ladies from Germany!

October 06, 2007 10:58 PM  
Blogger swenglishexpat said...

The German team must be excellent inspiration for the Juniorette. Maybe she'll end up playing for the national team, who knows.

October 08, 2007 5:15 PM  

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