Germany’s second goal yesterday was offside

Am I the only one to have noticed that Germany’s second goal against Argentina yesterday was offside? I mean Klose was blatantly offside when the ball was laid off to him, as you can tell by looking at the highlights. Has all the world suddenly become Uruguayan so that they’re blind to such things?!

That’s the second match in a row where the Germans have benefited from gross refereeing errors at a crucial turning point in the match. Before the Germans scored this second goal yesterday, the Argentinians were enjoying a spell of good pressure. But then after the goal, they had to press the game, making them vulnerable to those lethal German counter-attacks.

Fair play to the Germans: they played simple football extremely effectively and deserved to win overall. But had their second goal been disallowed, as it should have been, and had the Argentinians got an equaliser, then the whole character of the game would have been completely different, and the Germans would not have gone on to dominate it so completely.

Given my theory about the providential character of World Cup match results, I can’t help feeling that the Almighty is backing Germany this time round, for whatever mysterious reasons of his own. So I’m predicting a German win, perhaps via some more dodgy refereeing decisions in the semi against Spain and the final against Holland.

Or perhaps against Uruguay . . .. There’s a strange Uruguayan thread running through these incidents: Uruguayan officials in the England-Germany match; and another ‘hand of God’ incident in Uruguay’s quarter-final against Ghana, in which Suarez denied Ghana a last-minute winner by handling the ball on the line, to be followed by a penalty miss by the heroic Ghanaian striker Gyan. Perhaps the Almighty has decreed a Germany-Uruguay final, which is inexorably working its way to its providential realisation through the combined action of incompetent Uruguayan officials and cheating Uruguayan players! Well, at least if Uruguay did come up against Germany in the final, they’d almost certainly get their come-uppance on both counts!

Well, who knows? At least,  yesterday’s Germany-Argentina game made me feel better about England’s trouncing by Germany last week! Who can possibly beat the Germans if both blind officials and the Almighty are working in their favour? Which doesn’t mean that the English FA doesn’t need to get its act together and seriously reform the way the national team and indeed the whole game is set up in England, and do some radical weeding of the England squad for a start. Anyone who doesn’t want 100% to achieve and win things with the England team, even more than with their club team, should go. And to make another biblical allusion, God wants us to use and nurture our talents, not carelessly waste them as certain England players did in South Africa.

Perhaps if we can learn that lesson, then Providence – and the luck of poor refereeing decisions – might smile on us for a change next time round.


13 Responses

  1. I too thought Klose was offside. Not being a football rules expert, I suggest a possible explanation may be gleaned from the reaction of the Argentine defender, No.6 I think, indicating he had made contact with the ball, thus playing Klose onside.

    A pity the ‘pundits’ did not comment on this incident in their post-match summarising.

  2. I noticed it too. The Germans play beautifully indeed but due to these incidents they will not be true world cup winners in my eyes…

    • After some investigation it appears that this is wrong, Klose was not offside, because he was further away from the goal than the ball when it was passed to him.

      A player is in an offside position if:
      • he is nearer to his opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the
      second-last opponent

      • That could be the reason why it was not adjudged offside, Scott; but I’ve played and re-played the goal incident on the iPlayer, and it certainly looks to me that the ball is played slightly forward to Klose; but whether Klose himself was in front of or behind the ball when it was played is impossible to tell: you need one of those freeze frames that they do on the telly when analysing these incidents. I certainly think the goal retains a suspicion of offside, and it is indeed remiss that none of the BBC pundits nor indeed any journalist that I know of has even suggested it.

  3. “I mean Klose was blatantly offside when the ball was laid off to him”

    Like the Schleswig Holstein question, few understand the off-side rule, and you appear not to be one of those few. To be offside you need to be ahead of the ball when played, as well as ahead of the last defending player. It might just have been offside, although I think it was OK, and the linesman made a perfectly reasonable decision. It certainly wasn’t “blatantly offside”.

    • Yes, fair enough, I’d forgotten about the rule that you need to be ahead of the ball when played. However, in the light of that point, which Scott made in an earlier comment, I still think it was offside, as Klose appears to be ahead of the ball when played: it certainly moves towards the goal line plus Klose doesn’t actually move forward but checks his movement to strike it. So I’d say offside – but ‘blatantly’ is one of those football-pundit exaggerations, Brian.

      Still, it’s amazing that none of the pundits even raised the question.

      • Well, as I say it looked OK to me. Don’t forget, the receiver must be ahead of the ball when played, which is not the same as being ahead of the passing player since (if moving forwards) the passing player will have the ball in front of him.

        Presumably the pundits didn’t mention it because they knew the rule and thought it was OK.

        By the way, for a blatant case of a linesman not knowing the rule, remember the game Italy played against South Korea in the 2002 world cup where a perfectly good goal was ruled out – after a slight back pass which cannot be offside by definition – because the linesman didn’t know the rule. That and one other appalling decision against Italy in that competition resulted in them suing FIFA for appointing incompetent officials, but which was withdrawn a few months later.

      • Actually, I’ve looked at it again in the light of your and Scott’s comments, and I now think Klose was probably level with the ball when played to him, hence onside. In fact, he probably checked his movement to stay onside – damned smart footballers, those Germans! But, as you say, you’ve seen them given, so they were still lucky to get away with it. I think the incident was so borderline and, to an uneducated viewer (as I appear to have been in this instance) clearly and wrongly appeared to be offside, that the pundits should at least have cleared it up. I can’t have been the only viewer to cry foul.

  4. “… the pundits should at least have cleared it up. I can’t have been the only viewer to cry foul”

    Ah, these people who only watch football during the World Cup are as bad as those who only fly the England flag during the World Cup.

    (For the doubtful, this is a joke aimed at the clientele of this particular blog.)

  5. OK lets say it was marginally offside rather than blatantly offside but the spirit of offside ( is there such a thing?) says that it was—- obviously—– offside. Anyway Chris( assuming that`s short for Christopher ) have you noticed this has become a “bloke only ” topic. Can`t help thinking of some tragic stressful moments in a game where the camera cuts to a very tasty blonde in the crowd calmly applying her lip gloss.

    • No, that’s the assistant refereee, John, who’s obviously not watching the game! How come all those people in the crowd spend all the time watching out for themselves on the big screen? I hardly ever look at the big screen when I’m at a Premier League match!

  6. NOT OFFSIDE DEFINITELY. Learn the offside rule first.

  7. im sorry guys! u all need some rules education… being a football fan for 26 years i can assure u this goal is a clean one … no offside here 🙂

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