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Professor Gary Lineker has an intriguing idea:
“Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and in the end, the Germans win.”
The earliest source I can find for this infamous quote is an article in the Berliner Zeitung from 1996  – in German, obviously. The English original is unfindable at the BBC where it probably came from. Strangely appropriate, nein?
So it’s Germany vs. Italy tonight; glück, buona fortuna. May the best team win (probably Germany).