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Soccer and character

Total war, total soccer. The World Cup is on, Germany beating Costa Rica as I scribble. Watching the Germans for the first fifteen minutes reminded me of this brief essay from 1986 by Henry Kissinger on soccer and character. Read it all, but here are a few sentences on the way the Germans play. (A note to young people: once upon a time there was a West Germany and an East Germany, now there is just one.)

"West Germany, a finalist today, is, with Italy and Brazil, the most successful team of the modern era. West German soccer entered the postwar era with no particular legacy. Postwar Germany’s newly professional soccer being as novel as the frontiers of the state it represents, it could adopt total soccer with a vengeance. The German national team plays the way its general staff prepared for the war; games are meticulously planned, each player skilled in both attack and defense. Intricate pass patterns evolve, starting right in front of the German goal. Anything achievable by human foresight, careful preparation and hard work is accounted for."

The USA plays the Czech Republic on Monday at Noon.
I make no prediction other than to say that given our talent as a team, combined with the American character, we should advance.

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The team that comes in second in our group, will most likely face Brazil, which can be expected to win their group.

Thus if we are to make a serious run in this World Cup, we have to win our group, we need to avoid a powerhouse like Brazil.

But then again, maybe the time is ripe for the United States to bounce a squad like Brazil.

We’ll see.

I’ll be impressed though if we get beyond group play. We’re in a tough group, and we should anticipate that Italy and the Czechs will be looking to avoid a run in with Brazil, so they too will be looking to win the group, and not simply advance beyond it.

As I said, we shall surely see.

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