Important Game Of Genuine Goodwill – Germany vs Israel


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A sliding Germany defender PER MERTESACKER (17) confronts his teammate this past season with London-based English Premier League outfit FC Arsenal, Israel captain YOSSI BENAYOUN (15), as Bayern Munich defender HOLGER BADSTUBER (14) moves in to clean up during the international friendly contested at the rain-soaked Red Bull Arena (the old Zentralstadion) in the historical city of Leipzig.
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Around here, the quality of the product and the final result are normally the two most important aspect of any given international football match. The German flag flies proudly here and it is prefered if the traditional, historical standard of excellence is maintained by the national team out there on the football pitch at all times, to be perfectly honest. And there is no shame in that as the principle objective of any athletic contest or “game” is to win, not to de-value such things as ‘sportsmanship’ / ‘fairplay’, of course.

There can be no absolutely question, however, that the international fixture of GERMANY v ISRAEL will always do more than just raise a few eyebrows around the world. The darkest hours of history demand such and rightfully so. There is a certain duty that is shared by all Mankind to remember the Holocaust and, at the minimum, learn from it and see to it that it never happens again.

As there should be — football, to speak nothing of the result, certainly must always take a distant seat far in the back rows as compared to something as important that concept, by all means.

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The national football teams of GERMANY and ISRAEL meet for the fourth time in history at the modern Red Bull Arena, the renovated Saxon facility first constructed in 1956 by the now-defunct Deutsche Demokratische Republik as the massive Zentralstadion with a capacity reputed to be in excess of 100,000 spectators, in the history filled eastern German city of Leipzig.
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It is a undeniable, if most unfortunate, that history cannot be changed and that both Germany and Israel must press on in the wake of the horrific tragedy that is the Holocaust. Here in the United States, this blog does not pretend to have the answers with respect to exactly how that is to be done best. A fellow American blogger once basically remarked to the editorial staff here that, in his simply-put opinion, all Jewish people wanted / want is to live in peace be treated the same as everybody else.

Well, this blog can categorically state that the Germans want the world to know that the Nazis are not and have not been in power for quite some time and will not be returning in the future, either. In addition to their sincere shame and sorrow, they fully understand they must deal with the historical burden and really do not wish to complain about that in any way. If they are anything like this blog in a moment of sheer honesty, they have no idea what to do necessarily but there it is all the same.

Nowhere to hide. No point in running. Unless, on the other hand, one is thinking of a game of football and, in that case, the Germans are very happy to host the national team of Israel for a friendly match anytime.

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Israel striker ITAY SHECHTER (11) of recently relegated German Bundesliga club 1.FC Kaiserslautern slips the ball through the legs of Germany midfielder TONI KROOS from beaten UEFA Champions League Finalist Bayern Munich while fending off Deutschland legionnaire defender PER MERTESACKER (17) of English Premier League club FC Arsenal during the international friendly match at the old Zentralstadion in Leipzig.

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