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Deutschland, Deutschland über Argies

4 July 2010

Unlike games in which the Mexican national team played, which had the  Zocalo overflowing with fans [watching the World Cup on giant screen TVs], the national square was only half-filled yesterday.  Most, with Aztec blood in their veins, wildly cheered the “white boys” — the few Germans in attendance standing out because of their different physique and language.

(Sarah Pantoja, El Universal)

It’s one of those weird Mexican things. Mexicans think of Argentines the way Texans think of New Yorkers (and vice-versa) — dorks with big egos and weird accents.  Ironically, Argentina has more Germans than Mexico, but maybe Mexicans like the Germans because we got the nicer bunch of them in the 1940s:  Mexico got Jews and Communists and Social Democrats and respectable types and the Argies got the Nazis.  Or, other than a couple of U-boat attacks, the Germans never invaded Mexico and even offered to help us invade the United States.  Or, the Germans just played better futbol.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. don quixote permalink
    4 July 2010 9:55 am

    A couple of things had me cheering for the Germans, first of all the beautiful team game they play with superior athletes and great coaching, second of all, and maybe this is just my opinion, but of all Latin Americans Argentines seem to come off as the most arrogant and obnoxious , followed closely by the too exuberant and coochie coo, bragging Brazilians.

    I once read a great description of Argentines somewhere, “Argentines are just Italians who speak Spanish, act like Germans, and wish they were English”.
    OK, I’m sure I’ve pissed off enough people, have I left anybody out?

  2. Pedro permalink
    4 July 2010 11:52 am

    Where did you come up with the Mexicans view Argentines as “dorks”?

    • 4 July 2010 12:37 pm

      From Mexicans who thought Argentines were dorks. Experiences and prejudices may vary.

  3. A South American permalink
    4 July 2010 8:43 pm

    South Americans are equally prejudiced about the Argentines.

  4. 6 July 2010 6:54 pm

    “Mexicans think of Argentines the way Texans think of New Yorke…” And I have never met an Argentine that even thinks about Mexico. 🙂

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