Analysts hail teamwork as Germany rule Brazil
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG – THE exploits of the German national team at the just-ended FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil has been hailed as a triumph of teamwork over individualism.
The Europeans are the new champions of the world after seeing off a challenge from rivals Argentina at the fabled Maracana Stadium.
Thousands watched in the stadium and billions others followed proceedings through various media as a team short of so-called star players and superstars capped a fine tournament by lifting gold at the month-long tournament.
While all the focus was on Argentine star, Lionel Messi, to shine in the decider, it took the exploits of one unheralded Mario Gotze to fire his country to glory with a well-executed goal deep into extra time.
“The idea of star players is a notion everywhere but nonsense in Germany,” said football analyst, Hienric Spencer, following the victory of a team led by passionate coach, Joachim Leow, and skippered by disciplined midfielder, Philip Lahm.
“Their win heralds the re-emergence of football as a team sport than a one-man sport. This is not golf or Formula One. The Germans have taught us an invaluable lesson, a reminder, in that regard. They are worthy champions.”
On social networks, fans made a mockery of the so-called star players’ failure to lead their teams to glory at the World Cup.
“Portugal have Ronaldo. Brazil have Neymar. Argentina have Messi but Germany had a team,” read a post by a popular football commentator.
This was in reference to the hype ahead of the tournament where the focus was on the World Cup being the platform where this widely-admired trio would inspire their teams to the richest accolade in world football.
Mduduzi “Ballack” Vundla, nicknamed after one of German football’s most talented players said teamwork, not individualism, was key to Germany winning their first World Cup in 24 years.
“They were simply efficient and resilient. They played “Total German football” built on hard work and team work. The team was good. Who can forget the 7-1 drubbing of hosts Brazil?” said Vundla, a Johannesburg-based analyst.
“German did not rely on individuals but it was a team effort. Against Argentina, opponents were focused on closing down Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose but it is Gotze who punished Messi-ntina,” he said mockingly.
Duncan Phuti, a Sports Administration scholar at the University of Johannesburg, hailed the new champions.
“They played as a team and did not rely on individuals. The Germans showed commitment and displayed their love for football,” Phuti said.
– CAJ News
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