German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently marked her 60th birthday on July 17. No doubt, her wealthy friends among Bavarian automakers and Siberian gas tycoons had prepared nice presents for the leader of Germany. By pure coincidence, of course, the German team won the FIFA World Cup 2014 just a few days prior to the anniversary. However, coincidence it might be for a Westerner only. Nevertheless, Ms. Merkel (also known as Frau Ribbentrop and Frau Putina) originates from the East Germany, where communist traditions suggested that glorious achievements must accompany such jubilees. Therefore, like it not, this prestigious award was also an excellent present for a commie Angie. Historically, the West Germany was successful at the World Cups, winning them in 1954, 1974, and 1990. They also were triumphant in tennis. The East Germany, on the other hand, was enormously successful in track and field, figure skating, swimming, amateur boxing, etc. Thus, the two parts of the divided Germany maintainedthe informal division of labor. The once powerful country, which had almost won WWI and WWII, consoled herself with flashy sports victories. Failed superpowers, like Brazil and Italy, have also contented themselves with soccer trophies of the highest order. It is noteworthy that politically powerful countries, like China, Russia and USA, have modest achievements in football. However, these giants have remarkable results in Olympic Games. Once again, the informal division of labor clearly shows itself in the field of sports.
Back to topic, one should mention that the Germans have considerable experience in match fixing. For example, their infamous collusion with the team Austria prevented the team Algeria from advancing to play-off stage at the FIFA World Cup 1982. In this respect, one should note that smaller nations not allowed winning this prize since the fifties. The winner has to be a nation with big population, sizable economy. For instance, countries with excellent football traditions, like Czechoslovakia and Hungary, managed only to be runners-up of the competition. Because, they are relatively small nations. Another shortcoming: they were socialist countries at the time of their attempts to win the Cup. Only capitalist and developing nations allowed winning the competition. It is no wonder, for the World Cup has been a huge profit-making machine. Multibillion investments by advertisers and the betting industry run contrary to the tenets of socialism. Incidentally, these fat cats of capitalism have been instrumental in rigging the results of so many tournaments. Of course, this cash flow has its own goals. It would be pity, if some daredevil players start their own game. Know your place, puppets! Moreover, the cult of football in the modern world is quite useful for mass culture in general. Famous footballers with modest intellectual faculties are not going to undermine ideological underpinnings of capitalist society. Meanwhile, the cult of thinkers, scientists, and poets would have been damaging to false ideas of capitalists. So, should you want to watch really fair play, you ought to see kids kicking a ball in your neighborhood.
Let not criticize only the poor Germans without aircraft carriers and nuclear warheads, but with four Oscars (pardon me, world titles). Besides, the multiethnic, Afro-Turkish-Polish-Arab squad is hardly eligible to be named as a Teutonic, Prussian team in the best sense of the word. The team Argentine also played skillfully behind the scenes. Their victory in 1986 was primarily a consolation prize for the war, lost in 1982. Benevolent FIFA even overlooked the notorious «hand of God», perpetrated by the great Diego Maradona in the game against England. Alternatively, they say that the amazing victory by Spain in 2010 supported the wobbling Spanish economy to some extent. Certainly, the glitzy Cup is not a big price to raise the spirits of Spaniards in order to take their minds off the economic problems. Even preliminary stages of the Cup have been teeming with suspicious details. Here is just one instance of clandestine activities. During 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Second Round, Russia conveniently lost to Slovenia on November 18, 2009. Four days prior to this game, Slovenia and Russia signed a lucrative gas contract. As a result, the team Slovenia proceeded to the final stage, leaving the Russians outside. Some considered this unexpected defeat as a Russian payoff to Slovenians for the handsome deal. Once again, the matters of state importance dominate over the ball game.