Bad Blood Seen in Germany-Argentina World Cup Match

When Germany and Argentina clash in the World Cup quarterfinals on July 3, the two squads will be fighting not only for a place in the final four but also to settle some unfinished business from the previous edition of the tournament.

German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said it will be important for his teammates to remain calm throughout the match against Argentina to avoid a repeat of the riot that took place after Die Mannschaft edged the Argentines in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals of the 2006 World Cup. “We have to remain calm and not get provoked and I hope the referee will be very alert.”

Schweinsteiger also accused the Argentines of being disrespectful of their opponents and referees, a characteristic that the German player believes can easily provoke opposing teams, as what occurred during halftime of the Argentina-Mexico second round match, when players from both teams had to be separated to avoid a fracas.

Argentina beat Germany in a friendly back in March, but the South Americans have only one victory against their European rivals in five World Cup match. Argentina defeated Germany in the 1986 final when current coach Diego Maradona was still a player. Aside from the controversial 2006 match, Germany also defeated Argentina in 1958 and in 1990. The teams drew when they met in the 1966 World Cup.