Missed Calls, Missed Dreams: How Officiating Killed Germany's Dreams

Svyato RovenchukSenior Writer IJuly 7, 2010

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 07:  Referee Viktor Kassai speaks to Sergio Busquets of Spain during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Semi Final match between Germany and Spain at Durban Stadium on July 7, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Today was the big battle everyone was waiting for. It was the semi-final clash between European soccer giants Spain and Germany. A win meant a trip to the FIFA World Cup Final to play the Netherlands.

One goal from the Spaniards would decide it all. Puyol would eventually put a header past the German keeper to make the score 1-0 for Spain, the final score.

However, every game has its controversy, and this one was bad officiating. The same bad officiating that has been evident all tournament.

Germany were not the only ones to feel the effects of the bad officiating, but for them it might’ve been the most impactful at this point.

Soft bookings, missed calls, among other things all go into the bad officiating at this year’s World Cup.

During the game against Argentina, Thomas Muller was one of the German victims of the bad officiating. He received a very questionable yellow card which resulted with him missing the semi-final game with Spain. Thomas Muller was a breakout star for the Germans this tournament. He was a goal scoring machine. His presence in the lineup could’ve swayed the whole direction of the game.

What was really showing in the semi-final game though was some terrible missed calls that proved costly for the Germans.

There were a good three take downs from the Spaniards on the Germans in this game that went uncalled. Why should that matter? The take downs were in the penalty box. If those three were made out to be penalty kicks things could have easily gone differently and Germany could have left the game the winners. Here’s a simple breakdown of what each kick means for Germany:

  • Penalty kick No. 1: Ties the game
  • Penalty kick No. 2: Germany takes the lead
  • Penalty kick No. 3: Germany secures victory

Even if one penalty kick is missed, two will get you the win. Hell, even if two kicks are missed you can still go into extra time and get the win there.

Still, I will give credit where credit is due. Spain had a good all-around game and Germany did make a huge mistake in this contest. Germany switched away from their usual offensive style to play a defensive style game. The effectiveness of the defensive style can be determined by the score on the scoreboard. Basically, Germany went a style they haven’t used instead of the style that got them to the semi-finals in the first place. Huge mistake on their part.

With the win the Spaniards will be moving on to the their first World Cup Final in soccer history, while Germany will face Uraguay in a match that should be their’s for the taking.

Settling for third place for the second straight World Cup has to be painful for Germany and all their fans. Especially considering how we get knocked out. In 2006 we get knocked out to everybody’s favourite fakers, Italy, and now we make the trip back to the third place match because of terrible officiating? Is it a curse in the making? Or just something to fuel the fire for 2014? 

There’s still one more thing that German fans can look forward to besides another third place finish. If Miroslav Klose manages to score at least one more goal it will mean he will tie Ronaldo for the most goals ever at the World Cup. Two more goals means that record will be one he can call his own. 

With this defeat at the hands of Spain, the animosity between these two soccer nations grows. I think this will eventually result in a brutal defeat for Spain at the hands of Germany, or at least that’s what one German fan will be hoping for.  The World Cup Final will kick off on Sunday and if you’re a true Germany soccer fan you’ll hope Netherlands will be leaving South Africa as the 2010 World Cup Champions.

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