Without a doubt Germany is gripped by football fever, and with the advent of the World Cup it’s reached its peak. Not only are the sports bars broadcasting the football all day, but on days when Germany are playing, public viewing takes on a new meaning as whole clubs devote their spaces to avid football fans, and parks install giant screens to ensure that everyone in the city can keep up with the action on a minute-by-minute basis.
I realised the extent of the city’s football fever, when even the student cafeteria, during public viewing nights, had drastically reduced its drinks in preparation for the onslaught of spectators. Tea, apparently, was not top of the drinks list.
Football shirts are also now in fashion, as well as sports themed accessories sporting the colours of Germany. In the city centre businesses small and large display the German flag in shop windows in support of the national team, and to my surprise even a pack of apples can come with a complimentary match plan.
As I write, Germany are playing against Algeria, and the random cheers echoing through my student halls and spontaneous fireworks nearby, alert me that Germany have just scored a goal faster than any live sports blog.
The World Cup has definitely given the city a jovial atmosphere. It’s great to see everyone united by the game, and anticipating which players will score the next decisive goal for Germany.
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