I have to say Twitter is magic!!! I made so many friends from all over the world!!! And I want to tell you more about all these great pals I found there!!! I was very amazed and impressed by all your kind and positive reactions on my blog about my very special kitty friend Sir Fudge Esq!!! Thank you all sooooo much, I really appreciate your interest in my blog!!! BIG HUGS ( to you too, Sir Miesepeter)!!!
But our two countries both share a big rivalry. And this rivalry is not just about football. It also has something to do with this terrible war started by the little evil, moustache wearing man in the late 1930's. This war made English and German people fight and kill each other. The Germans destroyed many beautiful English cities, like London, where Kolo's pawsons come from. And my hometown Cologne was destroyed by English bombs. The nasty little man, who started this all off, decided to leave the world cowardly in 1945, but the world he left had changed and people here in Germany, as well as in England, were deeply shocked by what they had gone through. For a long time, people in both our countries weren't able to forgive each other and so they found another battlefield - the football pitch...
Football is favourite for both, the English and Germans and both are fanatical about it!!! As I told you before, England is where it all started. The English national team, called the "Three Lions", played their first match in 1872. They became World Champions in 1966, when the World Cup took place in their home country. The final was contested by England and Germany. English player Geoff Hurst shot a controversial goal in extra time. The ball hit the underside of the cross bar, bounced down and was cleared. The referee was unsure, if it was on, or over the line, so he consulted his linesman. They had a non-verbal communication, cause they had no common language. Afterwards, the referee awarded the goal to England. Germany felt cheated and fobbed off! But let's see, what happened earlier... The German national team had their first official match in 1908. They played unofficial matches against England in 1899 and 1901 and those games ended with embarrassing high losses for Germany!!! And in 1909 Germany's highest loss ever happened to occur against English amateurs - it was a 9:0 loss, for those of you, who are interested... Oh yes, it was a pity for Germany in the beginning, but they improved their football skills and became World Champions in 1954, 1974 and 1990!!!
There is definitely enough space for a football rivalry between England and Germany!!! The English claim to be the number one football nation, as they gave birth to our beloved game. But the Germans say "we are three time World Champions, so whose number one in football, huh?" Or "the goal in final 1966 was no goal and you did not deserve to become World Champions that year, it should have been our title instead!" There might be a rivalry between Kolo's and my country, but there ain't a rivalry between us!!!