- The Washington Times - Friday, June 30, 2006

After Germany’s win over Argentina, the beer is flowing non-stop here. There is singing and dancing in downtown Hanover. One man I met said he has never seen so many German flags on display.

Germany had its best economic numbers in 15 years last month. The World Cup has had a positive effect, but Germans are also on a spending binge because their taxes are going up 3 percent next month.

There are a few sure things in life: death, taxes and Germany in penalty kicks. Now the poor Argentines know how the English feel. They have lost twice to Germany on PKs.

One of Germany’s trainers who was trying to revive Michael Ballack’s legs for the penalty shoot against Argentina was in pain himself after being bitten by a dog while jogging earlier.

John Haydon



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