That’s it. The football worldcup in Brazil has a winner and luckily Germany is it! The German team has always been great at tournaments, so much so that in Germany they call them the Turniermannschaft, or tournament team. But they haven’t always played great. There were times when the way they played was even described as Stolperfußball – which unfortunately translates as ‘tripping-up football’! However, since the worldcup in their home country in 2006, people in Germany identify with their team more than ever, and not only because they hosted this huge event, but also because the team started to play Zauberfußball – magic football! That led to many German people getting their flags out to show their support for the first time ever, and they went out onto the streets to express just how thrilled they were. And in the end it didn’t really matter that the German team lost in the semi-finals. Now eight years on, and 24 years after their last worldcup win, the incredible thing happened yesterday: Germany is once again the football world champion! I couldn’t pass up the chance to capture the atmosphere on the streets of Berlin after the game! I didn’t go to the massive fan-mile at the Brandenburg Gate, though. Instead I concentrated on the two quarters Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg and met lots and lots of enthusiastic football fans. Enjoy!
I watched the game myself in a big courtyard at Oranienstraße’s DIM–ARENA
After the match and the big winning ceremony I took the train to…
… Warschauer Straße / Revaler Straße. [00:46am]
I later walked over the Oberbaumbrücke and arrived at Schlesisches Straße / Oberbaumstraße [02:07am]
My last stop was Kottbusser Tor. I wanted to take the bus home from there but then in the distance I noticed a small group of fans celebrating in front of “Kottiwood Gemüse Kebap” and (luckily) went to take a closer look.[02:45am]