wilco - i'll fight (nonesuch, 2009)
das wunder von bern (sönke wortmann, 2003)

germany won the game 3-2 after having been down 0-2. they travelled to switzerland as underdogs with practically no chance at all. the team played hungary in the group stages and lost 2-8 but managed to progress and reached the final against all odds. there they got their revenge.

the scene with the rain has since become well-known in germany. their skipper fritz walter (guy with black hair, first in the corridor) fought in malaysia during world war two and caught malaria, hence he had become to suffer from heat. it is said he could not play well enough when the temperatures were high, so the germans literally prayed for rain before the bern final. in germany, people call rainy weather das fritz-walter-wetter.

die bundesliga as we today know it didn't exist in 1954. in germany you would find several semi-independent leagues because almost every region had its own. it had stayed like that till the early 60s when die bundesliga was finally established.

fritz walter is widely perceived as the best player germany ever had (consider beckenbauer, müller, seeler, etc.). guy who scored the winner was helmut rahn (he sticks his tongue out in the video), he is an absolute legend too. commentator who appears for a few second is herbert zimmermann. his fascinating commentary when he shouts tor! tor! tor! endlessly has become a classic.

i put it together with fantastic wilco song because in my opinion it fits perfectly.

--- my thoughts are with the hungarian goalkeeper gyula grosics who is being hospitalized after having fallen down an escalator. an absolute legend.

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