Commentators slam Germany's 'tasteless' victory dance mocking Argentina

  • AFP, Berlin
  • Updated: Jul 17, 2014 01:33 IST

Commentators chided the German football team on Wednesday for gently mocking Argentina during a giant World Cup winners party in Berlin, an event that marked a rare exuberant celebration of national pride.

In a country where strident patriotism is still largely taboo, newspapers said the young players' "tasteless" victory dance on Tuesday reflected badly on the country.

Six of the players including Mario Goetze, the sole scorer during Sunday's 1-0 win over Argentina, performed a taunt often seen in stadium stands, on a stage set up behind the capital's Brandenburg Gate before hundreds of thousands of flag-waving fans.

"This is how the gauchos (Argentines) walk, the gauchos walk like this," they sang, hunched over, to cheers from the crowd.

Then they jumped up and chanted, "This is how the Germans walk, the Germans walk like this!" and strutted around the stage.

The word "gaucho" is the South American equivalent of "cowboy".

WATCH: German team mocks Argentina during victory celebration


Several German newspapers called the display of swagger before the world's media a sour note after an otherwise pitch-perfect World Cup.

"The victory celebration at the Brandenburg Gate turned into a gigantic own-goal," the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung fumed.

"With a mean satire of the opponents in the final, the German world champions are squandering the image of an open-minded, tolerant nation."

Berlin's centre-left Tagesspiegel called the display "tasteless" and said it overshadowed the team's gracious behaviour on the pitch in Brazil.

"The German modesty is over. Their joy wasn't enough, they only find full satisfaction when they torture their mourning vanquished opponents a little," it said.

"Maybe that is what will remain in the heads of many people outside Germany from this World Cup. And then the frenetic applause of the audience. They didn't mean anything by it, that is probably true. But they showed that in football there are not only fools but damned fools."

The criticism sparked a lively debate in English and German on Twitter under the hashtag #gauchogate, with many attacking what they saw as political correctness run amok.

A user with the handle @suburp said "Germany has a word for #schadenfreude but struggles w fun and healthy national pride. It's only FUSSBALL (football). regt euch ab. (Calm down)."

Die Welt newspaper said the dance did not mark a "shining moment" but added: "We don't need to overplay it."

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