Der Kaiser has his say; Franz Beckenbauer on German ouster
Everyone has had their say about Germany’s oddly meek entrance into Thursday’s semfinal, the 2-1 loss to Italy.
A few of these “says” don’t give Italy quite enough credit. No, Germany wasn’t tip-top – but the Azzurri tactics and ability to locate sufficient energy under tough circumstances had much to do with it, right? So did some fine goalkeeping, and the simple-dimple fact that Italy’s finishing was better. Sometimes, it’s not chess – it’s just checkers like that.
Either way, some “says” are worth more than others. For instance, I certainly am interested in what World Cup winner (as a player and a coach) Franz Beckenbauer had to say. Here’s a snippet from Der Kaiser in today’s Bild (courtesy of England’s Guardian … because I don’t so much “sprechen sie Deutsch”):
(Photo: German fullback Philipp Lahm and other team members boarding a jet upon arrival Friday at Frankfurt Airport.)