Berlin, Germany – Across Germany red, black and gold color the streets of bustling cities and quaint village towns. Flags are pinned and draped on cars, while tricolored top hats and garland necklaces hang loosely around necks and flowered bracelets adorn the wrists of Deutschland supporters. The excitement and anticipation of Sundayâ€
Brimful of confidence after Germanyâ€
Eleven men carry the hopes of a nation, onto the pitch today. THE DAILY VOXÂ spoke to football fans on the streets of Berlin.
This is the most important game for Germany in 24 years and I’m very optimistic we’ll win, but you can never be certain with football. I think the team has a good chance as they have a good coach and most of the players play for big European clubs. Of course Argentina have Lionel Messi and Pablo Zabaleta and Ãngel di MarÃa, but at the moment Germany has a strong team, not just individuals.
If we won it would be important for the country because we’ve been waiting 24 years for this moment. Some people say football is Europe’s substitute for war and some use football in bad ways, like the hooligans in England or Holland or the nationalists here. You have fanatics everywhere. But for our country, football has been a good way of creating national unity as itâ€
I think we could win. I’m confident of the team, they work well together and have a good team spirit. Some players like Thomas MÃ¼ller really want this but Manuel Nueur is a brilliant goalie so it won’t be so easy.
Some people are worried about the revival of nationalism with the World Cup and if Germany do well it might not be good for us, but the only time people feel they can be proud of being German is when we play soccer. This time itâ€
This game will not be as easy as Brazil, Argentina will play a very defensive game but Germany will win. The German players are not under as much pressure as the Argentinians so they can do well. If Germany loses the country will be sad, but itâ€
We want to be modest, but we think Argentina will win. It will be a difficult and long match so they have to play really well. This game is similar to a game of chess, itâ€
We have a team of players, not only Messi. He will be surrounded by the Germans but the rest of the team can play and make the difference. Javier Mascherano is a lion and Sergio Romero is also another key player.
In the last two World Cups, Germany beat us and now we face them in the final so if we beat them it will be a great victory for us. We havenâ€
All the energy and good vibes coming from Berlin are going to help them win. I have been told there is only one definition of football, itâ€
Tomas Novak, 26, street musician, Czech Republic
The German national team is in much better shape than Argentina, they have played really well in this tournament. But Argentina have the advantage of playing on their home continent. If Diego Maradona were playing for Argentina then they would surely win because he uses the hand of God.
Germany will win because they have played so well, especially Klose and MÃ¼ller. I predict a 3 – 1 victory. It’ll just be the game, no penalties. Although Argentina have Messi, one man canâ€
— Tendai Marima in Berlin