Germany salutes young World Cup team
Germany is hailing its young team after it eliminated England from the World Cup -- as well as revelling in belated revenge for a disputed goal 44 years ago that put its archrival on course for its lone title.
"Boys, we love you!" read the front-page headline in Monday's edition of the mass-circulation daily Bild after Germany won 4-1 to advance to a quarter-finals meeting with Argentina.
"England Muellered away," it screamed over a photo of Bayern Munich forward Thomas Mueller celebrating one of his two goals.
The Berliner Kurier tabloid opted for a single-word English headline: "Yes!" -- but couldn't resist adding "That was the revenge for Wembley," a sentiment referring to Germany's 1966 World Cup loss, and shared by several other newspapers.
Frank Lampard's disallowed goal Sunday stirred memories of the second goal of Geoff Hurst's hat trick at Wembley, a goal that Germans remain convinced never crossed the line. England won the final 4-2 after extra time.
"Thank you, football god!" Bild commented. "After 44 years, Wembley has finally been equalized. Now the English know how we felt the whole time."
"Now we're quits!" added Berlin tabloid B.Z.
Nearly 26.6 million people in Germany, a nation of 82 million, watched Sunday's match, according to Media Control, a group that measures television ratings. Thousands more followed the game at open-air venues across the country.
The Berliner Morgenpost said Germany was embarking on "a second summer fairy tale" -- a reference to the team's strong performance when the country hosted the tournament in 2006 and finished third.