Germany’s dramatic World Cup win against Sweden has rekindled the country’s love for the team and the hope and expectation
In the end, Jogi Löw’s team had to walk right to the brink of defeat and back again in order for Germany to rediscover its love for Die Mannschaft. After a week of attacks on Germany’s mental attitude, tactics, and the selection of individual players, the paper reviews of Saturday night’s injury-time thriller against Sweden read like love letters.
Die Zeit’s Christian Spiller describes Toni Kroos’ winner in the fourth minute of extra time as “a hit that will enter the canon of great German World Cup goals”. “Some day our children will ask us: where were you when Toni Kroos curled the ball over Robin Olsen’s head?”