World Cup Diary Sofa So Good for Germany

United States kicks off with spirited win, but no sign of soccer enrichment from Iranians.

It is now 24 long years since Germany last won the World Cup. Put it like this, the last time they triumphed, the World Cup wasn’t just an opportunity to sell beer, cars and widescreen TVs to a global audience. (Or maybe it was: The first World Cup started in 1930, just two years after televisions started being manufactured. Prohibition ended three years later. Coincidence?)