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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Haha did they really do this? I don't remember the punditry for that match at all, but surely Germany had been put down as strong favourites for that match by nearly everyone. They were already self-evidently really quite good, and I can remember tuning in to that match fully expecting to see England get beat.
    I think a lot of it was based on the logic of 'I've never heard of these players so they must be crap.'
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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    I think a lot of it was based on the logic of 'I've never heard of these players so they must be crap.'
    Yeah, that does ring a few bells actually. Will watch the video cabinet posted later on.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    The CW posting was also entertaining
    Haha went back and checked the knockout thread. My pre-game post was spot on:

    This part is complete rubbish IMO. A few pundits have come out with similar guff in the past few days, and it can only be based on the fact that the Bundesliga is relatively low profile in the UK.

    England are a team choc full of average players, with a sprinkling of top talent which has made a career out of underperforming internationally. Germany on the other hand have a side who have reached the semis of the last World Cup and the final of the last European Championships, which is a far more proven recent tournament pedigree. They've also got 4 of the side which won the U21 European Championship - so this side know how to win things.


    (the "bolded part" referred to was Brumby suggesting England were better than Germany man for man.)

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    I think it is ingrained in the English psyche to underestimate Germany regardless of the situation.

    Also comparing teams man for man works 'ok' in a 5 match test series but is pretty useless in football as only the midfield really go head to head. Having a better keeper, wingers and back four than Argentina doesn't mean much for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    The CW posting was also entertaining
    Hard to disagree with that (from a 2010 perspective) tbf. Müller over Milner a good call at the time too.
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