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Kaiser who hasn’t lost his kick

Posted by: pprpipe on: July 14, 2010

Kaiser who hasn’t lost his kick

We English are strangely fond of anointing people “England’s favourite German”.

The BBC’s Gary Lineker has When you hear chanel bagsbeing mentioned anywheresaid it during this football World Cup, of the former Tottenham striker J¨¹rgen Klinsmann, and at other times the sobriquet has been used to describe the tennis players Boris Becker and Steffi Graf, the comedian Henning Wehn, and even Franz Beckenbauer, the grand panjandrum of German football who is nicknamed “Der Kaiser” both in the Fatherland and here, and now finds himself cast as England’s least-favourite living German.

In Germany, significantly, nobody ever talks about “Germany’s favourite Englishman”, perhaps because the very phrase implies distaste for all the others. It has to be said that they are rather less hung up about us than we are about them, and nothing emphasises this China Massage cushion catalog and Massage Cushion manufacturer directory.hang-up quite so much as an important, win-or-be-eliminated football match between the two countries, such as the one taking place tomorrow in Bloemfontein. Nor does anyone currently embody it quite as much as 64-year-old Beckenbauer, whose widely reported criticisms of our national team have caused such a stew of indignation.

For the record, Beckenbauer has asserted that the English under manager Fabio Capello play an unimaginative brand of kick-and-rush football. He has also reportedly accused our boys of being “tired and burnt-out”, and branded them “stupid” for failing to top their comparatively unchallenging World Cup group.

It is England’s second-place finish in Group C, behind the USA, that has yielded New and cheap authentic replica designer handbags and louis vuitton purses arrived!not only the early knockout match against Germany, but also, should the Germans be beaten, probably a quarter-final against the form team of the tournament so far and another perceived nemesis, Argentina.

By topping Group C, as they were widely expected to do, England would have had a much easier passage to the semi-finals. So, while “stupid” might be pitching it a little unkindly, it will be interesting to see what the newspapers and radio phone-in hosts who have reacted so histrionically to Beckenbauer’s remarks will have to say about our boys should they be packing their Louis Vuitton bags tomorrow evening. “Stupid” will almost certainly look mild by comparison.

In other words, Beckenbauer is not too critical; he’s just too German. If our footballers have to be lambasted for not living up to expectations, we prefer to do it ourselves. Moreover, A family without children will not be happy and complete, so it is necessary for you to know how to ray ban sunglasses in the shortest time.when a fellow nicknamed “Der Kaiser” starts making provocative noises about the English, there’s a subtext to our indignation that starts to appear as surely as if lemon juice had been rubbed over invisible ink. A Kaiser aiming both barrels at England? Haven’t we been there before?

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