Germans happy to party like it's 1990
FACING criticism at home for failing to find the beautiful game, Germans are drawing parallels with their 1990 World Cup campaign, when they won the last of their three titles.
Under coach Franz Beckenbauer in Italy, Germany got off to a rocket start, only to begin fading as the tournament grew long. But the Germans plodded through and beat Argentina 1-0 in the final in Rome to lift the title.
In this World Cup, Germany crushed Portugal 4-0 to open the tournament but are under fire from fans and media for a perceived lack of flair, especially after needing extra time to beat Algeria 2-1 and earn a ninth straight spot in the quarter-finals, where they face France tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro.
Assistant coach Andreas Koepke recalled how the team labored to win the 1990 title.
"Of course, we discussed this match (against Algeria) later among us and we were not beating around the bush," Koepke sai. "But you are going to have such matches in a tournament. Look at 1990 and how it ended."
Germany kicked off their 1990 campaign with a 4-1 victory over Yugoslavia. They followed that with a 5-1 demolition of the United Ararb Emirates but settled for a 1-1 draw with Colombia in the final group match.
Germany then beat the Netherlands 2-1 in an ill-tempered match, and edged the Czech Republic 1-0 before needing penalties to defeat England in the semi-finals following a 1-1 draw.
Here in Brazil, Germany had to come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Ghana in their second match, before edging the United States 1-0 and struggling mightily in the extra-time win over Algeria that exposed their wobbly defence, which produced a series of errors in a shaky display.
Germany had goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to thank for that win.
"We are not happy either with our performances, but at the end we've always come out as deserved winners. It's the winning that matters," Neuer said.
Germany coach Joachim Loew added: "You don't have to play fantastic every match, you have to win."