media glories in historic rout of Brazil
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[July 09, 2014]
By Madeline Chambers
BERLIN (Reuters) - German media savored
the national soccer team's unprecedented 7-1 semi-final victory over
World Cup hosts Brazil on Wednesday, describing the rout as a sensation
and a miracle and - even though the final is yet to come - its players
Top-selling Bild devoted six of its eight main pages to the match
under the banner headline "Speechless!", summing up the sense of
disbelief at the scale of the win.
A picture of jubilant two-goal midfielder Toni Kroos adorned the
front page. "Boys, you are immortal!" read the gleeful column in
Bild, which thanked all the team by name and coach Joachim Loew.
"Germany will never forget this July 8, 2014... Thanks for this
moment of glory. Thanks that we could experience it!"
The paper dedicated a full page to each of the five German
goalscorers in their red and black strip.
Daily Die Welt's website - the victory was too late to make many
papers' print editions - called the match "The Seventh Wonder of
It ran a picture of striker Miroslav Klose, 36, who netted once to
become the tournament's all-time leading scorer with 16 goals.
In a country where, largely for historical reasons, outbursts of
national pride are rare, Germans did not hesitate to treasure the
Despite heavy storms, fireworks rang out across Berlin after each
goal on Tuesday night and after the final whistle cars raced through
the city with honking horns and German flags hanging from the
Commentary filled the airwaves, with former players lining up to
speculate on whether the squad is as good as the revered West German
World Cup winning teams of 1954 and 1974. The Germans also won in
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Germany hopes to go on to win its fourth World Cup in Sunday's
final, which Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is regularly welcomed
into the squad's dressing room, is expected to attend.
Looking ahead to that match, the online edition of the Sueddeutsche
Zeitung wrote "Off to Rio on a High".
But some commentators tempered the celebrations with workmanlike
reminders that the event that will define the team's legacy is still
"If you win 7:1 you have done everything right," former national
player Olaf Thon told Deutschlandfunk radio, adding the game would
be remembered as a "game of the century". However, he cautioned not
to take anything for granted: "But in the end what will count is who
wins the final."
Germany will face either Argentina or the Netherlands, who play each
other in the second semi-final on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Stephen Brown and John
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