Congratulations, Germany!!! It's so good to see that even though Germany lost, Germany won. The lasting, worldwide goodwill can be more important than a single year's World Cup victory [even though some sports-type people might vehemently disagree
]. The numbers of follow-up reservations speak for themselves. In the long run, this will help the German economy, as well. The goodwill extended by the Germans and received by the visitors can just keep flowing.
I felt very badly about France's situation, when I listened to the description on NPR yesterday by someone in France. The sports hero on their team, who has now just retired, with this being his last game, had head-butting one of the opposing players and being kicked out of the game, as the very final, two moves related to his longtime career in soccer ~ and all that in overtime
! He's been highly-esteemed as being soft-spoken, gentlemanly, and elegant in his manner... and was a true role model.
They haven't confirmed, yet, what the other player said to him, I think they said it'll be Wednesday before he speaks about it... however, it is RUMOURED [only!] that the other player called him a something-or-other terrorist. Because of his heritage, if this was the case, he was deeply offended by this and simply reacted... something the commentator said can be typical of much younger players, but not of someone as seasoned as he was... someone's who's heard everything and learned to just walk away, ignore it, and go on. I guess it was notable that he had walked away a couple steps and then turned to headbutt the other guy.
The positive thing is that the French media did not speak ill of him [due to his longterm reputation and this clearly being an aberrant act] and the French people and fans reportedly lined up to thank him for his longtime career. It was noted that he both excelled and appalled within the same game. It was a better word than "excelled" and a different word than "appalled" that was used, but that's the idea.
Hearing of such sad events as this is just, well, sad
. It sounds like, in the end, he'll be remembered most for the best
of what he gave to the game and to the world with his sports performance and sportsmanship, however, so that's good to hear.
I was on my way somewhere, but it was compelling to where I couldn't get out of my car until it had finished and sat in the parking lot listening until it had.