Rivalry, revelry at screening of Euro 2016 for French, German fans

Rivalry, revelry at screening of Euro 2016 for French, German fans

Rivalry, revelry at screening of Euro 2016 for French, German fans
It was a semi-final between Germany and France at the Euro 2016 on Friday. But expats from both the countries living in Bengaluru, with their energy and mood, made it look like a final. A joint screening was hosted by the Consulate Generals of the two nations on Thursday that went on till the wee hours of Friday.

Looking relaxed in a white tee with the national colours just before the match, German Consulate General Jorn Rohde highlighted a well-known sentiment. “Both teams are excellent. They have excellent team spirit and do not rely on the abilities of one person. The match today is a ‘virtual final’,” he said. Across Rhode’s table, French Consulate General Francois Gautier quipped combatively: “The scoreline will be 3-2 but I will not tell you which team will win.” 

From the word go, the game was of one of high intensity. Despite dominating the game with their usual attacking football, a grave mistake by one of their star players did the Germans in. Axel Brockmann, a German researcher with the National Centre of Biological Sciences was a happy man till France scored the first goal. “Awarding the penalty was a fair decision. Our player did, in fact, make a stupid mistake by touching the ball in the (penalty) box. However, I still feel Germany was the better side,” he said. 

Commenting on the German style of play, French supporter from the UK, John Rowell said: “The Germans can play all the fancy football that they want. But what matters is who scores.” France has had the home advantage throughout the tournament and thousands of miles away in Bengaluru, chants of ‘Allez Les Bleus’ or ‘Go Blues’ rang louder with every passing minute and joined the chorus at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille from the screen. After the second goal by the French, the Germans could not quite recover.  

After the match, an elderly man with a French jersey asked a German supporter, “How do you feel?” to which the latter laughed and replied. “Not so good.” They hugged each other and then went their own ways.

Despite the French win, the screening of the match achieved its desired aim. French national Charlotte, a city-based architect, summed it up: “Irrespective of the outcome of the game, I think people from both sides thoroughly enjoyed the game and the entire atmosphere of the event. The coming together, the food and drinks.”

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