Fans celebrate German victory
Port Elizabeth - Football fans were dancing on the benches at the German Club in Port Elizabeth on Saturday after their country's third goal against Argentina.
The fourth shot into the net sent them into ecstasy.
“It's nice watching with the Germans, they go crazy,” city local Jana van Rooyen said after the match, which had been shown on several large television screens at the venue.
Over 600 partisan patrons at the 60-year-old club greeted each goal scored in their team's four-nil drubbing of Argentina with screams, cheers and high-fives. Many leaped up and started dancing.
“It's like taking candy from a baby,” club manager Thomas Fuchs told Sapa at half time, at which point Germany was leading one-nil.
After the final whistle, he laughingly said it was “because we're so sweet man” that his team had taken so much of the candy.
His hard-working assistant, Peter Allan, said he hadn't had a chance to see much of the match, “but four-nil will do nicely”.
Fuchs' wife, Sharon, predicted that Germany – which now goes through to the semi-final of the World Cup – would play in the final against Holland.
Few at the venue shed a tear for Argentina. “The plane was waiting for them,” said Friendly City resident Jenny Symington.
Screen shots of a despairing Argentina coach, Diego Maradona, were greeted with hoots of derision, while the club's sound system broadcast snatches from the hit-musical song “Don't Cry for me Argentina” through its speakers.
Fuchs said he'd served over 1 000 litres of draught beer to members. A young blonde woman, Celine Derbyshire, helped keep supporters spirits up by serving members “Frost Shots” in small foil sachets.
“It's 8% alcohol, mixed with caffeine and some Colombian herb,” she said, adding that she'd already sold 60 sachets.
“People are just drinking them,” she said with a smile.
One woman received an unexpected 40th birthday present. Sporting a pair of bunny ears and with a set of pink handcuffs dangling from her left wrist, Mande Bage's birthday attire stood out strikingly against the red, yellow and black background of the fervent German supporters.
“Absolutely fantastic,” she said, when asked what she thought of Germany's goal tally.