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How the Greeks saw Germany’s win against Brazil

09 July 2014 / 14:07:13  GRReporter
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In recent years the economy and politics have put to the test the relations between Greece and Germany. The controversy started from the media, with the now proverbial titles "Lazybones of the European South", the processed images of Venus, making an indecent gesture, and the depiction of German Chancellor Angela Merkel with a Hitler moustache and the people around her in Nazi uniforms.

As the crisis was deepening, the anti-German attitudes in Greece intensified and every visit of Merkel caused widespread hysteria against Germany. Last night's win of its national team against Brazil provoked an avalanche of comments on the social networks too.

Some of the comments contained jokes about Greece’s sovereign debt and obligations to its European partners, among which Germany occupies a leading position. For example, "Can you imagine what would happen if they owed them money!"

Similar were the comments related to the situation in Brazil, which has recently been a constant scene of mass social protests. "The financial and social deficits alone were not enough for Brazil and now it has a football one (1-7)."


Witty commentators did not fail to ridicule the Greek opposition that constantly wants resignations on all issues and promises to cancel the memorandum and to renegotiate the Greek debt. The following comment appeared on the page of "True Democracy", which has a Bulgarian twist as well, "SYRIZA requested the resignation of Brazil’s Bulgarian President and the renegotiation of the score to 0-6 from the Germans."

The "Observation" page posted a picture of SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras in the Brazilian national team, tearfully holding the cup and calling on the newly elected MEP Manolis Glezos, aged 93, to pay back the Germans for the defeat. Glezos was elected by SYRIZA voters with the highest number of votes among all Greek MEPs. He has entirely devoted himself to the cause to require Germany to pay Greece war reparations for the damage inflicted on it during World War II.

There were also purely facetious comments, "The only German (Germanos) who did not score is the one that sells mobile phones," and others, such as, "In the end it turned out that Lineker was right when he said that football is a game involving 11 people but, finally, the Germans win."

Some firm supporters of the Greek left, who are negative towards Germany respectively, even counted how many Greek social networks users would support the European team. "The match had miraculous properties. It turned into fans many people who, until yesterday, were against the World Cup."

Others could not hide their joy that the loss triggered riots in the country that is considered as "the queen of football", "There is footage of riots in Brazil. The infamous loss is a vindication of the poor, who were against the conduct of the championship."

Tags: SocietySportsFootballWorld CupGermanyBrazilCommentsSocial networks
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