In life, sometimes you lose. Sometimes you lose big. And sometimes, as
in the case of the German soccer team, which made it tantalizingly close
to the World Cup final before being defeated by Spain, you lose with millions
of people watching from every corner of the world. But that doesn't
mean it's a good idea to play the blame game. Yet this a lesson that
Michael Becker, who is the manager for the team's captain, has not yet
learned. Newser's Mary Papenfuss reports
The manager for the captain of Germany's national soccer team has
blamed "gay players" for the nation's failure to capture a World Cup
title, sparking a firestorm of criticism. Michael Becker, who represents
captain Michael Ballack, scoffed at the "bunch of gays" on the World
Cup team in an interview with Der Spiegel. Becker attributed the team's
more elegant and agile play to their homosexuality, and said that style
over German teams' more traditional aggressive approach cost the
athletes a place in the World Cup finals.
But Becker, who the
Atlantic Wire imagines is doing neither his career nor his boss any
favors, didn't stop there. He went on to blame pretty much the entire
team besides client Ballack, accusing them of jealousy.
Becker also said other players were "jealous" of Ballack, who was
photographed for Vanity Fair, because they were "mediocre,
ugly, untalented, bureaucratic, provincial, unmanly or gay," noted
Osang. A spokesman for another German team blasted Becker's
remarks, saying the club has "absolutely no resentment toward
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