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While the one-nil World Cup victory was sweet
for the German football team, German Ambassador
Stefan Schlüter yesterday said he had admiration
and respect for the Lionel Messi-led Argentina squad.
The World Cup 2014 ended with German cheers
and Argentine tears on Sunday at the Estádio Mara-
canã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday.
Schlüter, speaking with the T&T Guardian in a
phone interview yesterday, said Sunday s game was
"a very, very suspenseful game until the very last
minute. Either team could have won."
He also sent congratulations to Argentina through
Ambassador Marcelo Salviolo, who he said called him
within two minutes of the end of Sunday s match to
send best wishes to the German team.
"He called me to congratulate me and of course,
he has every reason to hold his head high because his
team did extraordinarily well also. I think once you
reach the finals, I think it is both teams who deserve
"The German victory was a team effort. Not just
one star or two stars who could make a difference
but it was a team effort and the coach did really, really
great work to bring this team together in the last few
years," he added.
He said winning the 2014 World Cup was special
to his country, especially after 1990, when Germany
won the year after the Berlin Wall, which separated
West and East Germany, was destroyed and the coun-
try was unified.
"Germany was also exploding in delight. I saw it
on TV and I think it is something that after 1990 and
having played consistently well at a very high level,
I think it is something that we deserved," Schluter
German ambassador reflects on World Cup:
Embassy staff soaking in win
Schlüter said the mood at the embassy was nor-
"You would not see any flag-waving or nothing
like that this morning (yesterday). We probably spent
all our energy yesterday (Sunday) celebrating the vic-
tory. "I think we just came in and said Hey, con-
gratulated each other and said Wasn t this a great
Schlüter said while he looked at the celebrations
in his home country he was "very happy to experience
this (victory) in Trinidad."
He said in Germany there were public viewings of
the game in several cities and in Berlin, in front of
the Brandenburg Gate, 500,000 people gathered to
watch the finals.
"It was sometimes a little rainy but that did not
dampen the atmosphere and people, two hours after
Schlüter said since Sunday's victory his office
has been flooded with congratulatory calls,
including one from Foreign Affairs Minister
Dookeran, speaking with the T&T Guardian
yesterday, said he contacted both ambassadors
to send congratulations.
"We (all) agreed that it was a very tight game.
It was good football and we congratulate
Germany on their victory. For us in T&T, we can
use this as an inspiration to build what I hope
will one day be a Caribbean football team to
participate in the World Cup in years to come,"
He declined to say which team he was rooting
for in the finals, but admitted that in the World
Cup he had a great admiration for Costa Rica
and the Netherlands, since they were relatively
small countries that "got near to the top."
the game, were still here on the Fan
Mile (a special venue set up in Berlin
for the World Cup) celebrating and
"It was a very good atmosphere. No
drunks, no fights, no violence, no noth-
ing. It was just a merry, good, atmos-
The German national team is expect-
ed to arrive to a hero s welcome at Fan
Mile today. Yesterday preparations were
in high gear ahead of its arrival. Schlüter
said he would be looking at the recep-
tion on his TV and on the internet.
Sadly, he said, there would be no
embassy holiday, party or celebration
to mark the occasion, since the staff
were in the process of end-of-term
He said he would be taking up his
new posting as German consul general
in San Francisco, United States, next
month and has to bid farewell to the
ten countries that were under his charge
over the last four years.
His replacement is yet to be named.
...Happy to experience Germany victory in T&T
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