Jens Matheuszik — 10. Juni 2006, 17:42 Uhr

World Cup 2006: Not in Germany – but in Bavaria

(this article refers to this one which is written in German)

The Germans should include a clause in our „Grundgesetz“ called constitution that no opening ceremony for any international event should be held in Bavaria (which rejected the Grundgesetz in 1949…).

Why? It’s very easy:

trachtenverband-bayernSome weeks ago I was joking about the German image in the world which has been transported by a commercial clip – but I think these stereotypes aren’t appropriate for the official opening ceremony of the soccer World Cup 2006.

This World Cup is being held in Germany as far as I know – not only in Bavaria. I think it’s not alright, when you see only typical Bavarian stereotypes (leather trousers, dirndl, schuhplattlers (Bavarian folk dance), men ringing cow bells and so on) at the official ceremony for the World Cup in Germany.

It seems to be that the organization comittee reduces Germany only to Bavaria. What a pity – and it fits very well what Lyssa wrote at

The opening ceremony was rather … bizarre. Exploiting old stereotypes about Germany might help promote the „Europe in 5 days“-tourism (Rothenburg in the morning, Neuschwanstein for lunch, shopping for Dirndls in Munich around teatime, forget about your aching feet while downing the second beer at the Hofbräuhaus and feel like you really know about Germany), but it didn’t have much to do with real life in Germany 2006. Watching it felt a lot like watching the old movies that my Grandma used to like.

PS: The picture above has been made by the

PPS: I don’t have something against these typical Bavarian stereotypes – but I don’t like it, when these special Bavarian things are taken for the whole Germany.

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    Bavaria IS NOT the Same as Germany…

    It’s really exasperating! A lot of people are doing their very best to explain to the world that Germany is much more than Bavarian traditional costume and folk dancing with funny hats, the typical stereotypes of Germany. But what did I have to …

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