The following is a translation of an article that appeared in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Friday, May 11, 2001 — two days after Bayern Munich qualified for the Champions League final by beating the defending champions Real Madrid 2:1 (3:1 on aggregate) at the Olympic Stadium in Munich. Unfortunately, I didn't keep the original German text ...

Efficient Emotionality

Soccer is like a good movie, that holds the tension and only hints at what could still come; that, before the fiery finale, leads the public into confusion or promises a happy end but then causes bitter tears. Soccer fans therefore are only allowed to savor moments as long as the movie is still running, to intoxicate themselves with pictures like those from Wednesday from the Olympic Stadium. Scenes as if they were painted. Fireworks and a sea of flags, a march of triumph and the dream of the title. But one may not draw conclusions - the end of the movie will be shown only in Milan.

Ralf Wiegand