I must admit, I started writing this over 3 weeks and haven’t had the heart to post it. I figured that the longer I waited to post this, the longer I had to continue celebrating Germany’s win!
My Dad asked me, “What was it like when Germany won?” and to be honest, I didn’t (and still don’t) have adequate words to describe it. Even though I’m only German by heritage, I felt this immense sense of pride for this amazing country. Standing alongside my German friends, I felt like a really proud German. I still see a few German flags flying and every time I see one I think, “We won the World Cup!” Still such a surreal moment for me.
The whole month-long World Cup was one of those cultural moments I’ll never forget. How lucky I was to be living in Germany!!! Admittedly, I rooted for Germany every game…except when they played the USA! Even though the USA lost, both Germans and Americans were cheering after the game ended because we were both advancing to the knockout stage
Germany won the World Cup with an impressive record: 6 wins, 1 draw, and 0 losses. Plus, who could forget the semi-final match between Germany and Brazil…in which Germany annihilated Brazil! I was watching the game with my friend, Maren, and at one point, we thought they were showing replays! That’s how quickly Germany was scoring goals (something like 4 goals in 6 minutes. What?!?!)
There are so many memorable moments from this World Cup. Watching Germany vs. Portugal at the student mensa (mensa = student cafeteria but also sort of like a student union in Heidelberg) with hundreds of Germans! Friendly bantering and a pre-game before the Germany vs. USA game. Celebrating the 4th of July as Germany played France (so many countries!). Germany destroying Brazil in one of the worst defeats ever. Goetze scoring the winning goal in extra time with 7 minutes left. I really can’t pick a favorite moment because the whole experience, the whole atmosphere, is truly something I’ll never forget. AUF GEHT’S DEUTSCHLAND!!!
Germany vs. Portugal:
Germany vs. USA:
Germany vs. France:
Germany vs. Brazil:
Germany vs. Argentina:
Please excuse the camera awkwardness/me not knowing how to work it. My iPhone camera doesn’t work and I was using my actual camera (gasp!) and couldn’t figure out how to take videos! haha
Keep an eye out for a second post on the World Cup in which I share my favorite media moments from this year’s World Cup!