I admit I’m really not a big fan of football. In fact I found it boring when I tried to watch it when I was still in the Philippines. Imagine running on the field for 90 mins seeing these players trying to get the ball from each other, kicking it to supposed to be a teammate but lands at the wrong foot and then again run to the other side of the field. I feel tired watching the game. But I guess living in the country where football is the number one sport affected my view of the game. Now I found it exciting especially when a striker is nearing the goal and of course making it. And probably routing for a team made the difference. Our country only had its own football team two years ago so maybe that affected my interest on the sport.
When the Euro 2012 opened I witnessed how Germans are as die-hard fans. Fan items such as hats, flags, mugs, stickers, hood covers, side mirror covers and many other items you could think of with the German colors are all over stores and supermarkets.
This is just one of the many cars I saw which has fan items on it. Mind you that one has even lesser than the others. Some cars were almost covered with stickers and you can only see the windows and windshields. We have German flags like those given to us in a drugstore. Public viewings are held in city centers where a large screen is put up. Beer gardens are always full on game nights. I can just imagine how loud these places are but fun of course. I admire the support the people are giving to the team.
Germany reached the semi-finals but unfortunately they were beaten by Italy. I was disappointed with the game as immaturity became evident in the players. They lacked defense and many opportunities were wasted. It was kind of frustrating actually. People say Germany now is a very young team and I think given more time, training and experience they will gain that self confidence and maturity needed to face more battles.