From bad to Wurst for German football

30th April 2004, Comments 0 comments

30 April 2004 , HAMBURG - Germany's international football players were portrayed as sausages Friday as the country's football commentators attempted to analyse what has gone wrong with the national team after a 5-1 thrashing by Romania. The mass-circulation Bild newspaper put pictures of each of the players on top of a German sausage in a front-page line-up of 11 sausages under the banner headline "Rudi's Wurst Troop" and a picture of dejected-looking coach Rudi Voeller. The inside sports section devotes

30 April 2004

HAMBURG - Germany's international football players were portrayed as sausages Friday as the country's football commentators attempted to analyse what has gone wrong with the national team after a 5-1 thrashing by Romania.

The mass-circulation Bild newspaper put pictures of each of the players on top of a German sausage in a front-page line-up of 11 sausages under the banner headline "Rudi's Wurst Troop" and a picture of dejected-looking coach Rudi Voeller.

The inside sports section devotes a whole-page mock-up featuring 11 different types of German sausage, each one assigned to a particular player, with a headline saying they had been roasted and were ready to be eaten by each and every opponent.

Bild's sausage treatment may be considered mild in view of the German team's performance in Bucharest, for a Wurst in this German context is usually no more than a useless nincompoop.

However Bild says it's time for players' heads to roll, urging Voeller to pick younger players ahead of the European Championships beginning in Portugal in June.

"This German team has written football history. As the biggest bunch of sausages of all time," it wrote.

"The terrible, embarrassing, disgraceful 5-1 defeat in Romania has ruined the good name of German football. Forty-eight days before the start of the European Championships one can only fear for this team."

Former German international Franz Beckenbauer, who led the Germans as coach to the 1990 World Cup title, wrote in his column in the paper he would have "exploded if my team had given such a non-performance".

Voeller will now have to consider "whether one or other of the players is up to the European Championships", he wrote.

Voeller offered no excuses for one of the heaviest defeats in the history of the three-time world champions and blamed himself for selection and tactical errors after the late injury withdrawals of several key players.

He is expected to name his 23-man squad for Euro 2004 on 24 May. Bild printed an entirely new line-up of uncapped players, with only captain Oliver Kahn in goal escaping the cull.

DPA

Subject: German news

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