World Cup Quotes: Henry Kissinger On German Tactics And World War I

Ollie Irish

16th, June 2010


By Ollie Irish

Henry Kissinger, a brainy man but a man nonetheless (see above), gives his thoughts on the history of the World Cup to the NY Times:

“Brazil has played the most beautiful football, while Italy has specialised in breaking the hearts of its opponents, and for Germany everyone attacks in a way suggestive of Erich von Falkenhayn’s huge flanking movements in World War I – and everyone defends.”

You don’t get punditry like that on ITV or the BBC (though I am a big fan of Clarence Seedorf on the Beeb – what a bright, charismatic man). Shame.

Fed through an ‘Alan Shearer expert analysis’ translator, Kissinger’s erudite quote would look more like this:

“Brazil showed us some samba magic, Gary, Italy defended in numbers, and the Germans beat us on pens.”

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  1. Dan says:

    It says a lot for the standard of punditry in this country that by far the two most interesting people covering the World Cup have been Dutch – Seedorf on the BBC and Edgar Davids on ITV.

  2. Daniel Fierro says:

    Kissinger is nothing less than an Evil Basturd

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