Beckenbauer’s Right – It’s Stupid England Now Meeting Germany

It’s a little amusing to see the English gossip press slamming former German great Franz Beckenbauer.

Franz Beckenbauer – unfortunately he’s right

The German legend has said it’s stupid that an England – Germany game should be a last 16 game,  and that the two top countries should have met much later in the tournament – and he has blamed England for that – by not winning their group.

This is what Franz actually said:

“A game like this should be a semi-final, not a last-16 game.” “Stupidly, the English have slipped up a little by finishing second in their group.

“The English look a little tired. There is a good reason for that — the Premier League players have to play far more games than their Bundesliga colleagues, including two national cup competitions.”

“Therefore, when it comes to a World Cup or a European Championships, they are burnt out.” “Our players, on the other hand, seem to be in a physically better condition.”

“Of course we respect them, but we certainly don’t fear them.”

Notice that he doesn’t call England stupid – but says it’s stupid that the game should be this early – and he’s right. He also even offers an excuse for the England players by saying the PL is very tough along with the two Cup competitions – the Carling Cup and FA Cup.

Not only that,  but it’s England’s fault for now winning their group – and now we face Germany and then probably Argentina.

It would have been so much easier if we had won the group and be playing against Ghana and then possibly Uruguay – but it could well be the the USA  now makes the semi-finals – what a shock that would be.

So we think Franz is right -0 and indeed it’s stupid that England didn’t win their group and it could cost us big time.

But Beckenbauer does admit that England’s display against Slovenia was a vast improvement on the pathetic draws with the USA and Algeria in our first couple of games:

Franz continued:

“England’s first two appearances at the World Cup were paltry, but they improved against Slovenia.”

“What makes them dangerous is that their key players — Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and John Terry — sense that this could be the last chance in their career to win a World Cup.”

“And after all, England have been waiting since 1966 for a title.” “Capello appears to have brought discipline to the troops. After they failed to qualify for Euro 2008, England hit rock bottom.”

“But Capello has brought in a new structure.”

While Italy were too old – and proved it by playing without any spirit or verve at all yesterday against Slovakia – apart from the last unbelievable 10 minutes of that game – Germany is young and fairly inexperienced.

That’s will be especially true if  Bayern Munich’s 25 year-old  midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is not playing, because of the serious thigh injury he picked up in the last game.

We think the Germans fear Fabio Capello more than anything else,  because we think he could have England very ready for this game – just like he did in the qualifying rounds.

And it’s got to now be an advantage to the England players they they dodged a bullet by nor being knocked out after two very pathetic performances in their first two games.

It’s a case now that England have almost nothing to lose.

But Franz is right, let’s face it, that it’s stupid England didn’t win their group and we could now have been dreaming about who we would be meeting in the semi-finals of this World Cup.

Oh well – upward and onward.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • coxonfamily

    Jun 25, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #1

    This world cup has been like WW2, the french surrended early, the amercians arrived late and we are left to fight the germans!

    On a serious note just think if by some miracle we went on to win the World Cup this year, we could say we beat Germany (Massive Rivals), then beat Argentina (What a better time to get back at Maradona) and then beat world class opposition such as Brazil/Spain! It would make those first 2 games worth while!

  • boater

    Jun 25, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #2

    coxon family – and imagine if newcastle won the premiership? we could say we beat man u, chelsea, arsenal… ahhhh and the birds are singing in the trees, and disney make a movie of it and then…. bang you wake up.

    Also – sorry, I have to laugh at you singling out spain and Brazil as ‘world class’. Errmm this is the world cup – so y’know it’s all world class isn’t it? You might want to look up oxymoron in the dictionary mate.

    ‘World class’ is one of those dial-a-cliches that pundits and thick footballers trot out all the time – it’s lost it’s meaning. The fact you say some teams in the world cup are ‘world class’ is the final insult. It’s a bit like people who say ’emotional roller coaster’ all the time.. SHUT UUUUUP!!!

    sorry – rant over.

  • Markaccus

    Jun 25, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree with you coxon, it would be great.
    Boater….Italy world class?? France world class?? Not all the teams that make the world cup finals are world class, or if they have been they don’t produce world class performance, i think coxon means that spain and brazil are world class AND showing it.

    On the article itself…..SHUT IT! the words “england stupidly didn’t win thier group” is the same as saying england are stupid for not winning thier group. Beckenwa**er is playing mind games. Just ignore the pickled cabbage eating sausage sniffer.

  • boater

    Jun 25, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Markaccus – what are yeee on about? If ‘world class’ can’t be used to describe ALL the teams that have made it to the finals of a world cup then ‘world class’ has lost it’s meaning.

    I know YOU think ‘world class’ just means excellent – but that’s you missing the point sir. What a bunch of bleeedin daftees.

    And errrm spain are ‘showing it’ were they world class when they lost to switzerland? did they temporarily lose world class status? did switzerland become world class overnight? I’m confused.

    Let me help you – this is a world cup therefore by its definition it is the very definition of world class. Within that there are excellent teams, and not so. If spain don’t do so well – they are no longer excellent, a la italy and france.

  • Mags

    Jun 25, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #5

    I think he has done Capello’s team talk for him.

  • Markaccus

    Jun 25, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Boater, World class does no mean just excellent, i never suggested that at all. Don’t put words into my mouth (or text in this case). Spain did show thier class on the ball in both thier games so far, and as far as i’m concerned the swiss thumped, kicked and cheated thier way to a win. You are apparently suggesting that qualification to the world cup makes you world class. The term “world class” in football has always meant a team very capable of winning major international tournaments, to say that any international team is world class just because they are in the world is pedantic! I’m a resident of the world…therefore i am world class.


    Jun 25, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #7

    hope we lace the erics on sunday

  • JSYproject

    Jun 25, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #8

    stupidly, the english slipped up

    definitely suggestive that the english are stupid. I.e. If we werent stupid we wouldnt have slipped up, and would have been playin ghana

  • coxonfamily

    Jun 25, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #9

    lol you can’t say much on here without the school kids jumping onto you these days.

    Boater did you completly miss the world “miracle” i used aswell?

  • boater

    Jun 25, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #10

    Ah Markaccus – I have tried to explain it twice now.

    ‘World class’ means nothing anymore because of its continued over use within lazy punditry. You hear commentators say ‘world class save’ world class free kick ‘ whatever – doesn’t mean they’re gonna win the bleeding champion’s league.

    I think yours has to be the daftest definition I have heard. Again – look up oxymoron.

  • MrT76

    Jun 25, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Nice to see some people on here resorting to tabloid ethics in denouncing one of the greatest and most respected footballing personalities the world has ever seen. I think it would be safe to say that Beckenbauer wasn’t having a dig at the English, because he, of all people, would be well aware of the consequences of such a remark. I.e. Firing the England squad up for the game.
    I think it’s time to start getting over the past and view the Germans as great sporting rivals rather than hated enemies. If you would rather cling on to history, just remember that prior to WW1, Germany had always been one of our greatest allies. So to that end, let’s all just re-establish the status quo and start hating the French again.

    Bit of a convoluted and surreal rant there.

  • shearer4pm

    Jun 25, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #12

    i think he’s worried…germany are young and to me seem far from solid at the back…mertesacker was poor in the werder breman-valencia in the europa last season when it was 4-4. i seriously think we can do them…as for probably argentina then probably spain and then probably brazil…im not so sure

  • jackdnufc

    Jun 25, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #13

    MrT76, well said sir! It’s a football rivalry and nothing else, based upon some fantastic and important games with the one on Sunday bound to be amongst them; as long as it is an England win 😉

  • MacToon

    Jun 25, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #14

    He didn’t mention how stupid it is for not just the hosts but the current champions to be already out!!!!!!!

    fgs get a life

  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 26, 2010 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #15

    Am i the only one whos thinking people are immortalising spain and brazil this year when in fact they are pretty ordinary.

    Brazil have 2-3 world class players in robinho and Kaka (Fabiano?), and the best defender in the cup in Lucio….but they also have Gilberto and Melo in the middle who leave alot to be desired.

    Also spain have one tactic of passing through the middle and when that don’t work they have no wingers or strikers to play the ball up to. this showed against the Swiss and Chile dominated spain in the 1st half by not immortalising them and outpassed them (until torres trippped himself over and got someone sent off).

    For once we seem to be overlooking our own players….if Xavi made the pass Lamps did for Rooney we wouldnt be hearing the end of it….its refreshing in a way that the hype is so low.

    As for Beckenbaeur, hes wrong as the german players averaged more games between them than the england squad…SSN showed that.

    I think that this is the best chance for ages we have had of winning it, not because of our team but because how many average players there are in the other teams and how spain refuse to play a winger or Llorrente to give them something different. Iniesta isn’t a winger, he wants to come inside and teams have subdued spain by blocking the middle off and so far Xavi hasnt been magnificant to say the least.

    The chances are against England winnigng of course, so expect the usual “i told you so” crowd to come in and say england wont win it, so they can say they were right, but noone has impressed me and its annoying england havent hit top form because the WC is there for the taking this year by the one team who can just hit top form.


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