Finding a German fan to preview England v Germany for Salut! Sunderland was not as easy as you’d think. A bit like looking for someone from Stoke City. Even Thomas Hauser failed to respond. I was almost reduced to popping to the supermarket or beach a mile from me in the south of France: loads to be found there. In the nick of time, someone came back from a Facebook site called Deutschland/German/Allemagne, where Germany and England fans have been trading insults but perfectly nice people lurk too. So thanks to Susanne Dornheim, even if reading this introduction will have taken longer than it will to peruse her short, sharp replies …
Salut! Sunderland: England 4 West Germany 2. Germany 1 England 5. But lots of German wins, too. What is it to be this time?
I hope Germany will win I think we have a real chance
Encounters between our countries are invariably preceded by torrents of taunts, insults and Germanophobia from the tabloid press in Britain, naturally harking back to the war. What do you make of this – and does your media get up to anything similar in return?
I think this sucks, because the war is over for over 60 years and we are now political and economical partners. Our media don’t get up to anything similar.
What do you think of the World Cup so far: the 2006 finalists both eliminated, smaller footballing nations often doing well?
I think the first games often were boring, but it´s getting better now with more goals
And how do you assess Germany’s performances, and England’s in the group stage?
Honestly I found England wasn’t doing well in the first two games. Germany played a fantastic first game against Australia, but than it became curt and in the last game we had to be afraid that we (might) miss our eighth final!
Which of our players worry you and which do you feel are overrrated? Have you ever heard of Darren Bent?
I´ve never heard of Darrent Bent.I worry a little bit about Rooney.
Which Germans pose the greatest threat to England’s hopes of advancing in the tournament?
I think Poldi could become a danger or Özil, Mauel Neuer or Philipp Lahm.
Do you honestly believe Germany will win the World Cup? If not Germany, who would you LIKE to win and who do you think WILL win?
I’m not sure, but I don´t count on the victory
What is your verdict on the standard of refereeing in the group stage, and have players been less or more prone to cheating – diving, feigning injury, shirt pulling, deliberate obstruction, tryinng to get opponents Yellow or Red carded – than you expected?
I think there were too many red and yellow cards!
Do Germans, like many English people, support their clubs more passionately than the country? Which club do you support, and how actively?
I think both teams should be supported with the same passion. I support FC Nürnberg and sing fans’ songs passionately,
How and where will you follow Sunday’s game and what will be the score?
I’ll watch it in a public viewing square in my hometown on a big LCD-screen. I think we will win 1:0
* Susanne Dornheim on Susanne Dornheim: I’m 24 years old, single and live with my parents. I am a football fan since 2002 and attended a cup final 2007 and two international matches.