Standardized commentary form for Germany's WC matches From: Marco Paserman Date: 1998/06/29 Subject: Standardized commentary form for Germany's WC matches ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Instead of repeating the same match report over and over again, every two or every four years, I though it would be a good idea to prepare a standardized form to describe Germany's WC games. This form can come in quite handy, starting from next week, and of course it can be used in future World Cups/ European Championships/ qualifiers as well. Just fill in the spaces with the appropriate names: [R] Germany - ______________________ _____ - _____ (insert opponent's name) (1/2/3) (any number smaller than the number on the left) Germany once again qualifies for the next round with a come from behind victory, that some will call lucky. Hats off to the brave _______________ans, who fought hard, gave the Germans a scare, (opponent's name) but in the end fell to the more experienced and determined German side. The match started off at a rather slow pace. Germany as always looked solid in midfield and well organized, but the German defense looked a bit slow and vulnerable. Indeed, the speedy ______________an forward, __________ had a very lively start, (opponent's name) (name) and __________, the German full-back, had to resort to frequent (name) fouls to stop him. He was lucky not to receive a yellow card ________________. The other German defender, ________________ (earlier/at all) (name) was also guilty of a particularly nasty tackle, but the lenient referee showed only a yellow card, when a red card would not have been out of place. The German goalkeeper, ______________, nearly (name) pulled of a Schumacher on a rather dangerous exit off his posts, and gave _______________, the valiant _________________an striker, (name) (opponent's name) a nasty look. No wonder people dislike Germany. Early in the second half, ______________ scored, with a brilliant (opponent's name) piece of finishing by ______________, which made the German (name) defenders look like statues. At this point, _______________ took (opponent's name) control of the game, while Germany seemed incapable of any reaction. ______________ should have delivered the decisive knock-out blow, (striker's name) but he _______________________________________________________________. (hit the post/ hit the crossbar/ weakly shot into the goalie's hands, was denied a clear penalty/ missed incredibly from close range/ all of the above) Germany started to create some chances, but they would probably have been doomed if not for a _____________________________________________________ (lucky bounce/ deflected shot/ defender's mistake) which gave them the opportunity to _____________________________________. (equalize / pull one back) The goal was like an injection of fresh blood for Germany, who now began to dominate, until finally _____________________ managed (name) to score a beautiful goal with a powerful ______________________ (volley/header/ blast) in the dying minutes, which gave Germany ________________________________. (the victory/the chance to go to penalties where the Germans made no mistakes) Germany deserves praise for its unrelentless efforts, its indomitable spirit and its legendary ability to fight back; but they will need more than this to beat _______________________________ in the next (Argentina/Italy/France/England(*)) round. Daniele (*) Germany never plays Brazil in the World Cup according to FIFA directive No. 107 P.S.: This was meant with no offense to Germany and German fans. Rather, a mixture of admiration and envy.