No, they have not won the World Cup yet. It will come when it comes. Here and now, we can be content to say that this German national football team has just pulverised all boundaries between reasonable and unreasonable.
When André Schürrle pounded in the seventh goal, the crowd took a break from crying and grief and instead they applauded Germany. Then they stood up and praised the football team who has done something that no one had been able to joke about in advance.
Across a 20-minute period of the first half the Germans realised that there was a football team they played against, but they met a stack of rag dolls that fluttered about with no bearing or control.
29 minutes. 5-0 in a World Cup semi-final against the five-time from Brazil on their own turf. This does not exist. This can not even be imagined.
Nevertheless, it is somewhere perhaps to plan for. Ten years have passed since the German football changed fundamentally, when Jogi Löw became the assistant to the groundbreaking pioneer Jürgen Klinsmann.
They have invested in their youth development. They have found effective syntheses between clubs and associations, between tradition and modernity. And if you do it the right way on most levels for ten years - where does one then in the end? Apparently here. Apparently, one is then in a position where you can send a national team to Brazil, defeating the host nation 7-1 in a semi-final.
It was of course not just Brazil that was stale and abysmal tonight. Germany were good, Germany were sensational. The determination was there from the beginning, their passing was both accurate and with a purpose.
World Cup football has been played for 84 years. A lot of matches have been played. No other game has ever had the same sense of gravity.
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