Germany's national football team: a comparison

In 1954:

Toni Turek
Jupp Posipal
Werner Kohlmeyer
Horst Eckel
Werner Liebrich
Karl Mai
Helmut Rahn
Max Morlock
Ottmar Walter
Fritz Walter
and Hans Schäfer

And now:

Dennis Aogo
Mesut Özil
Sami Khedira
Jerome Agyenim Boateng

not pictured:
Serdar Taşçi

Piotr Trochowski

Mario Gómez

Being mindful of §130 Abs. 2 of StGB, simply observe the difference between the above teams and know that, after another ten years of the same politics, team Germany may have a greater affinity to those outside of Germany than within.


  1. You've got a good point, but not when it comes to Klose. Ethnically he's a mix of German and Polish. Germany has had Polish blood running through it for a long time, and the national mannschaft has always had some Polish blood too: Szepan, Turek, Grabowski, Libuda, Littbarski. Also, I think Podolski is part German too. The area of Poland from which he and his ancestors was always switching back and forth between Germany and Poland, and the people there mixed as well. He looks more German than he does Polish.

  2. @Anonymous.

    Yes, a good point. There is no doubt that the eastern regions of Germany were mixed like that. In that regard, to complain about Poles being on the team is like an Australian complaining about the number of Aborigines who happened to be on the Australian team - with, of course, the key difference that the Poles, unlike the Aborigines, have their own team, too.

    But the fact is we are shown this team as a representation of Germany, and so the team becomes a symbol; in the midst of this symbolism, it is hard to miss that the people representing Germany look nothing like the people one would expect to find in Germany. It is also hard not to see the coincidence that, in spite of this inconsistency, the small microcosm of the team is a sample which models the Germany which today's politics and social engineering are moving us towards. And so, the team becomes a representative sample of what the future generations will think of when they think of Germany on a large scale. To me, this conclusion is shocking.


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