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In the wake of Germany’s brilliant triumph in the 2014 World Cup, it’s worth casting an eye over my 2006 piece, written on the eve of the World Cup final in Berlin that year. I wrote then that: “The only reliable way to wow a global sports audience is with – wait for it – outstanding sporting achievement”.
Who will we remember most in 5 years’ time? Brazil, for hosting the tournament? Or Germany for winning it? Thoughts welcome.
I took the picture, by the way, in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, built for the 1936 Games and restored for the 2006 World Cup final.
And I should add, as always, that the sub-editors write the headlines – not the journalists!
No matter how much hosts of global spectaculars try to engineer greatness, it’s sporting brilliance that counts, says Robert Pimm
Olympic Stadium, Berlin – Photo: Robert Pimm
Financial Times, July 8 2006
The house where Jesse Owens slept still stands, its faded walls fringed with lush, uncut grass. Klaus, our guide, shows us a restored bedroom with a photo of the great athlete. Yet, the parkland outside, once landscaped and stocked with native German flora and fauna, ran wild long ago. The artificial lake is dry. The café that overlooked it has vanished, along with 120 of the 140 accommodation buildings. In their place loom abandoned Soviet-era apartment blocks, empty windows yawning.