While the German national football team continues to wallow in their own filth, the youth teams are much better off. The U-17 team has just reached the final of the U-17 World Cup after beating Argentina 4-2 on penalties after a 3-3 draw in the semifinals. Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel took notice of this and wished the boys well for their upcoming final match.
“Of course, we’ll keep our fingers crossed for them, there are also boys from our campus there,” Tuchel said (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia). “We hope they take the last step and reward themselves with the title.”
Die Junioren will take on France in the tournament showpiece after Les Blues edged Mali 2-1 in the other semifinal. The last time that Germany reached the final of the U-17 World Cup was in 1985, a whole 38 (!) years ago. To put that in perspective, here are some of the things that happened in 1985: the birth of Cristiano Ronaldo, the release of Back to the Future, the Heysel Stadium incident and Valley Parade fire, and ska band Madness split up, among other things.