German ambassador celebrates World Cup win
By SUE TEODORO and JONTY DINE
AN “elated” German Ambassador Dr Anne-Marie Schleich celebrated with fans at The Grand in Wellington this morning.
The Courtenay Place bar erupted when Germany scored the winning goal against Argentina.
Early in the first half, Dr Schleich said that she expected the game to be “very, very exciting” and that with two world class teams “anything can happen”.
The ambassador attended the live screening of the final this morning with the Argentinian Deputy Head of Mission, Ms Romina Bocache.
The good natured crowd of German and Argentinian fans cheered their sides on in a game which looked like it might be decided by penalites, until Germany scored the decisive goal in the 117th minute.
The ambassador’s feelings were echoed by other German fans.
Strings Attached Puppet Theatre owner, Norbert Hausberg, a German who has been living in Wellington for over 30 years, said after the game: “Well, it’s an absolutely fantastic, fantastic game and it’s great that Germany became the World Champion. I’m so proud. “
“That was a very good goal, very well played.”
“I think that both teams were excellent, but Germany just had a tiny edge.”
He said the Grand’s atmosphere was fantastic.
“People were dancing on the tables.”
Across the city at the Bruhaus, in Willeston St, the German victory prompted some homesickness.
The Bruhaus on Lambton Quay was a hot spot for a mix of businessmen and fans, with numbers forcing the crowd outside.
Among them was Nadine (24) a die hard German supporter who spoke of her desire to be in her homeland to celebrate the victory.
“Germany will be going bonkers right now,” she said.
As the euphoria of a world cup victory sank in so did the feeling of homesickness.
“The place will be going crazy. There will be convoys, people in the streets, just so much happening I wish I was there,” she said.
It has been a long wait for Germany – Nadine pointed out she was only two years old the last time they lifted the cup.
“It’s been far too long but it was definitely worth the wait.
“I am so happy, I don’t really have much words.”