The summer of '96

Monday 19 September 2011
zoocha-admin

Does that sound familiar? Wasn't there a song which was called like that? No, I don't think that there was someone writing a song about my experience of 1996... yet. What happened 1996? Guess? Germany won vs England in penalty shooting... Again! Don't kill me right away... don't use the comment box right away... don't close the tab right away... But I am going to write about exact that experience! :) At that time I lived in Otley, close to Leeds, as a guest student for half a year. It was my last night before going back to Germany and I've visited a pub with my friends. The European Cup was hold in England and the pub was packed with English supporters... and me. If I remember right, it was Paul Shearer who shot the first goal for England in the 3rd minute. Everyone jumped and shouted in excitement... except me. About 15 minutes later Germany scored as well. Everyone went quite... except me. Uuups! Shouldn't I be a bit more careful? A German guy in an English pub supporting the "wrong" team? I went quite very quickly! My friends had a present for me that night, it was a jersey of Leeds United. I was happy to wear it, as it was harder to identify me as a German supporter.   The game went on and it was a fantastic game! A shot was saved on the line, another one hit the post, a goal wasn't given because of a foul in advance. The game went in overtime and we had the rule of the Golden Goal. The one who scores first, wins. Both sides tried hard and had many chances, but with no luck. So the game went into penalty shooting. Shall I continue? There is a rule in football that Germany wins in penalty when they play against England, no matter how bad they played before. The game actually didn't deserved a winner, but rules are rules. Sorry! ;-) There was a winner & I was happy... Until a big tall guy stood in front of me & asked: "Are you German?"  I don't know what I replied, but I'm sure that I've stottered my reply. No, I didn't want to get in trouble. It was just a football game after all, wasn't it? Suddenly that guy started to smile and agreed that it was a fantastic game and that some day England will beat Germany. That day was years later in Munich, but that's another story. My whole stay in England was amazing and I'm thankful for the experience! I'm happy to have so many amazing friends in the UK and I'm always looking forward to visit the island. It's great to see that all the European countries have strong partner- and friendships, no matter how a fooltball game ends.   Thanks for letting me share my summer of 96 experience with you. Now it's your turn to share it with me... I'm looking forward to your comments!   Post Contributed by Melvin, Traveldudes.org Worldwide Travel Tips Melvin loves to travel, to discover the world, to travel free & untroubled & still likes to be informed like an insider! These were the reasons why Melvin started Traveldudes.org. A homepage where travellers can exchange their passion and experiences. For Travellers, By Travellers! Follow Melvin on Twitter @Traveldudes   Photo credit: Adrian Cable - Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0

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