Can Germany’s Loew succeed where Hitler failed?
MOSCOW: Another June, 77 years after. Germany will start their campaign in Russia to be the worldbeater again!
In 1941 on June 22, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi-Germany started its campaign to invade Soviet Union. German forces advanced around 1000 miles into the Soviet territory, yet had to come back when the USSR, led by Joseph Stalin, fought back gallantly to save the world from Hitler as popularly claimed by Russians during the World War II.
On June 17, in Moscow’s Luzhniki, earlier named as Lenin Stadium, Germany will play their first match against Mexico in their bid to emulate Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962) as back to back world champions.
Can the land of Red Army stop the Germans from conquering the world? The World Cup winning German coach Joachim Loew can also do what Vittorio Pozzo did. The late Italian manager remains the only person to win two World Cups at a stretch. However, when some socalled German supporters chanted ‘Sieg Hail’ in Prague in a World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic, last September, Loew had no hesitation to declare, “They bring shame to our country. We don’t want them. We are not their national team and they are not our fans,” were strong words from the German coach against those Nazi-supporters.
A German coach expressing his desire for ‘severe sanction against these troublemakers’ should have won more Soviet hearts before the defending champs start their campaign against Mexico.