james1985 wrote: Cologne girl wrote:
james1985 wrote:excellent, two final defeats in two months for Thierry Henry!
What's wrong with Thierry Henry?
1) [i]He plays for Arsenal
[/i], a team that dive and cheat and moan at the referee like no other.
I had suspected some of this. Now I must say that this kind of attitude is totally alien to us Germans. Like (I suppose) in all countries where they play football most people have some teams they hate and others they love. The one I like best, for instance, is Borussia Dortmund, and I don't like Bayern München at all - and there's lots and lots of Bayern haters here in this country. They are the richest by far, whenever there's a promising young player, they snatch him away, even if only to sit him on the bench, and they exert a lot of influence on a national level. In the beginning, our ex-
coach Jürgen Klinsmann had to stand up against them in order to be able to work the way he thought best - all Bayern München went wild when he decided to sit Oliver Kahn on the bench and make Jens Lehmann (whom I suppose you hate as well then??) no. 1, but he withstood the pressure. But he's - understandably - tired out now, which is one of the reasons why he retired as national coach. In short, Bayern do a lot to make us hate
them. But when the national teams play, we forget about Dortmund, Bayern, Schalke.... there's only Germans (or half-Germans or imported Germans
, but that doesn't matter either). I don't particularly like Oliver Kahn, but when he was between the posts for our national team, I wouldn't have dreamed of doing anything but keeping my fingers crossed for him. And much less still would we go against a player from a foreign team (such as Holland) just because he plays for a team (such as Bayern) we don't like. Even my husband says that's "one of the few good things that we have"
So that's why this anti-Arsenal sentiment surprised me a bit in this context. The only thing I saw of Thierry Henry (maybe I didn't pay enough attention) was him slaving away out there on his own all the time, I most certainly didn't see one thing worthy of blame that he did (but as I said, I'm getting short-sighted...).