World Cup 2010: World reaction to England’s defeat

Robbed of a crucial goal or a vastly inferior team that deserved to lose? Here is a snapshot of the world’s reaction to England’s 4-1 defeat against Germany.


We will never forget this day! Germany wins the football classic against England 4-1. There’s still time to enjoy that result: FOUR TO ONE!

Now we are looking forward to a fantastic festival of football in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Cape Town.

Thanks, guys!

It was a pleasure to watch you. You have handed us England’s worst World Cup defeat of all time. Sure, the referee stole a goal from the English and the game should have been levelled at 2-2. But Germany were so good, we most probably would have gone on to win anyway.

– Join Chief Sports Writer Kevin Garside at 12pm BST for our live England webchat to discuss Germany defeat
Watch Fabio Capello press conference live at 1.30pm BST


This German victory against England will go down in history – after 44 years, revenge for that Wembley goal.

…Before the match we were told that heroes were born in games between Germany. Now we know this to be a complete understatement. That afternoon, not only heroes were born, it created legends and stories about the football world that will be talked about for years, perhaps decades. This game put everything into the shade, which has been seen so far at the 2010 World Cup. It offered everything, absolutely everything that has made football the number one sport on the planet.

EL PAIS (Uruguay)

This could be defined as a gross error made by the group of officials, led by Jorge Larrionda. It’s a shame because the pictures went around the world in seconds and all the good that had been done by the trio up to that moment has been knocked down by that fateful moment.

The mistake yesterday was very serious. No matter that the match has ended in a landslide. It is certain that this trio will leave South Africa because Uruguay is among the eight teams still fighting for the title, but it was not the way they deserved to go.”

They are 80 centimetres [how far the ghost goal had crossed the line] which will forever be part of the black history of the World Cup.

It was in the midst of a major England attack after losing 2-0 to Germany. With all due respect, it was not in a cup match between the Cook Islands and New Zealand, it was in the second round of a World Cup and a match between two (former) champions. So the issue will not go away within hours.


It was England’s worst-ever World Cup defeat and the umpteenth time in the last four-plus decades that it has been the Germans who have run roughshod over English hopes.

So, the Three Lions are heading home. The English tabloids are working themselves into a froth over the bad call by Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda and his assistants, and the Germans, not without a smirk or two, are going on to the quarterfinals.

They do so deservedly. They were younger, fitter, faster and smarter. They carried with them no preconceived ideas about their own worth, as the English players did, and they were better-coached.

….It is time to clean house, and the larger and more forcefully the broom is used the better.

The sad truth of the matter is that England’s players, with few exceptions, are an arrogant, ignorant and unpleasant lot. They are paid far too much by their Premier League clubs, where their true allegiance lies, and their ability individually and collectively in an England shirt does not match their swagger.


A World Cup would not be a World Cup without a moment of controversy involving England, but despite the Uruguayan match officials inexplicably failing to spot that Frank Lampard’s shot had crossed the line by the best part of a metre, nobody at the Free State Stadium was kidding themselves about the authenticity of the outcome on this occasion.

Fabio Capello’s side were thoroughly outplayed by an excellent Germany team that passed and counterattacked with such speed and precision that they made England’s ragged defenders look like amateurs.


Two-one. Two feet. Too bad.

Four-one. For Germany. Four more years.

Enough with the math. The two feet is the issue making headlines and it adds up to an embarrassment.

Soccer suffered another black eye in a game where Germany’s dominance and obvious quality should have been the story.

Instead, it’s marked by another missed call by culpable officials and FIFA’s ignorance to do anything about it.

There are no ifs and/or buts here. Frank Lampard’s first-half brace off the bar crossed the goal line. It crossed by a whole two feet. And two match officials — the man in the middle of the park and the referee’s assistant — completely missed it.

From where I was sitting at midfield, the goal was clear as day. Also from my vantage point, both the referee and his linesmen were well out of place. The man in the middle, too, far down the field and completely square to the ball. And the linesman, way too far down the field left scrambling back. Neither man pointed to centre-field and thus both are at blame for missing such an obvious goal.

As they say in South Africa: Shame.


In England, they joke about the war, German accents and Hitler.

In Germany, they joke about the fact that the English joke about the war, German accents and Hitler.

The Germans used to get offended. Now they look on in slightly patronizing bemusement as English newspapers trot out ethnic stereotypes about war, Aryan races and bombing, preparing their readers for yet another agony-filled elimination game against their old foe Sunday.

With the German team now being made up of Poles, Turks, a Spaniard, a Ghanaian, a Nigerian and even a Brazilian, it’s harder for the English to make fine German-baiting jokes.


Germany, superior in speed, tactics and skill, tore apart pedestrian rivals England 4-1, while Argentina had to work harder to defeat Mexico 3-1. The first refereeing blunder came in the opening match when Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda ruled out a Frank Lampard shot that had clearly crossed the goal line and would have put England level 2-2, before Germany took them apart in the second half.


That England win at Wembley 44 years ago included a similar goal off the crossbar that is still disputed to this day, with many Germans believing the ball never crossed the line. Now, England fans will have something to complain about for decades to come.


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