Germans celebrate their World Cup win in Gorey

Published 19/07/2014 | 12:00

German students pictured at the Naomh Eanna GAA Complex for the World Cup Final, marking the group’s 24th annual visit to Gorey.

THIRTY-EIGHT German students and four leaders who are visiting Gorey as part of an annual exchange programme got their trip off to the best possible start on Sunday night as they watched the German football team defeat Lionel Messi's Argentina in the World Cup final.

This is the 24th year that leader Ulf Brix has brought a group of German students on an exchange to Gorey and this year it was extra special as they were all excited about the big match.

'A lot of us were pretty tired by the time the match started,' said Ulf, who at this stage has nearly become an honorary Gorey man.

'We had done a lot of travelling that day, setting off from Germany at 4 a.m. When it became apparent that Germany would be in the final, I had to organise somewhere so that we could all watch it. Thankfully Larry Cullen said that we could use the GAA club and we were all able to sit and watch.'

The students, decked out in their German colours and with their German flags, watched a tense and tactical game take place with some nervous moments as Argentina had a goal disallowed for offside. At the end of the 90 minutes, the game was still scoreless and entered extra time and you could have cut the tension with a knife.

'It was a strange game,' said Ulf. 'At first it looked like the game would go to penalties. Then the goal came and we went crazy. There was not enough time left for Argentina to get back in the game. It was a brilliant start to our trip, that's for sure!' The students will stay in Gorey until the end of the month, where they will get English lessons and stay with local families. They also have a variety of trips planned over the next two weeks.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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