Word of the Week: Turniermannschaft
Enlarge image (© picture-alliance / Sven Simon ) The German soccer team has long held a reputation as one of the best in the world. As a result, Germans call their team a Turniermannschaft, which means "tournament team."
A Turniermannschaft is basically a highly qualified sports team that is widely considered one of the best in its ranks and continuously impresses and outdoes itself during major tournaments. A "tournament team" progressively improves, never failing to meet or surpass its expectations. However, a "tournament team" does not play well during friendly matches or when nothing is at stake.
To this date, the German soccer team has won the World Cup three times, played in eight finals, and even qualified for three finals in a row (1982, 1986, 1990). On Sunday, the German team will once again play in the finals, taking on Argentina for the 2014 World Cup. The last time Germany and Argentina met in the finals, Germany won, so it is hoping to uphold its reputation as a Turniermannschaft. For many Germany fans, Sunday's game is more than just a game: a win for Germany would be the first World Cup win since reunification in 1990. It would also elevate Germany's level on the soccer world stage, bringing it to Italy's level with four World Cup wins.
With the games still underway, the word Turniermannschaft is frequently used in the media and conversation. It tends to pop up every two years when Germany has a chance at advancing in the World Cup or a European soccer tournament.
It awaits to be seen which team will be the better Turniermannschaft on Sunday, but Germany fans will surely be crossing their fingers for their "tournament team."
By Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany