Why do all those people who are not really football players or regular football fans get so excited when it comes to their own national teams?
Trouble in Buenos Aires after the Argentine lost to Germany
Why do 80 million Germans [or any other nation] think that they are superior or better, or just feel good about themselves simply because 11 of them happen to have won a football match?
Despite the claim of their coach “we are all world champions”, most of us are very far from being good at anything at all, let alone being champions at anything. Talking of “we” and dancing in the street cannot cover this up.
Cheap [is there any other?] populism has driven, or rather flown
Ms. Merkel as well as Germany’s President, Gauck, to the cup final in Brazil
The notion that this excitement serves as sublimation to channel aggressive energy away from destructive behaviour is far from true. In fact, this forceful “we” behaviour is in itself aggressive.