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Satirical Carnival Float: Germany Makes Fun of England's Football Woes - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

Germany's carnival is thumbing its nose at English football this year with a float that reflects pure, unadulterated Schadenfreude at England's failure to qualify for the European Football Championship.

In the design for the carnival float, Germany thumbs its nose at the English knight, condemned to watching the tournament on the television. The message reads: "We're Off to the European Championship Without England." Germany's main carnival parade this year will poke fun at England for failing to qualify for the European Football Championship in June -- with a float depicting a paper-mache English knight in football shorts watching the tournament on TV while the rest of Europe laughs at him.

The float will be paraded through Cologne on Feb. 4, Rose Monday, in a procession that usually attracts well over a million people and is broadcast nationwide.

"We often see the English as very big-headed when it comes to football, and it's good to take a swipe at them," Christoph Kuckelkorn, the director of the procession, told SPIEGEL ONLINE. "This is my third year in the job and I've been trying to give the parade a little more bite."

It's the latest salvo in an age-old footballing rivalry between the two nations that has simmered since 1966, when England won the World Cup by beating Germany 4-2. Ask any German over five about that match and they will point out that England's third goal should not have been allowed. Ask any England fan, and they will reply: "So what?"

by Fran on Tue Jan 22nd, 2008 at 12:20:15 AM EST
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