The small number of people who, last night, came to a lecture, held at a university in Berlin, were upset. Germany had just lost to South Korea and was thus out of the world cup. What worried those I spoke with was not having lost, but rather what they expect this loss will do to the national mood.
According to my interlocutors, losing at football, will increase the popularity of Germany’s extreme right, the AfD. The theory being that the football team’s weakness would be considered to reflect the country’s weakness. One more proof, for those who seek it, that Mrs. Merkel must go.
Sounds like a lose-lose situation: if you win at football, you increase nationalistic fervour and if you lose at ball, you increase it too.
I can but hope that they are wrong.