I guess this was entirely predictable: any event or activity where the US does not dominate is dismissed in Washington neoconservative circles as "subhuman". And so the neoconservative Weekly Standard dismisses the beautiful game as a sport better suited to donkeys than human beings:
Actually, the donkey would have a significant advantage over humans in soccer. It has four legs rather than two. The donkey has no hands or opposable thumbs, nor any need of them in order to play soccer. And smashing its head into a soccer ball probably would not cause any diminution of equine IQ. Soccer, then, would appear to be a game better suited to dim-witted quadrupeds than to human beings.
But what really makes the neocons froth at the mouth in anger is the success of the European teams. That alone proves the utter worthlessness - or nothingness - of soccer:
Soccer is the perfect game for the post-modern world. It's the quintessential expression of the nihilism that prevails in many cultures, which doubtlessly accounts for its wild popularity in Europe. Soccer is truly Seinfeldesque, a game about nothing, sport as sensation.
So if the Germans - or, God forbid, the French - prevail, watch for paroxysms of scorn to erupt in Washington among the right-wing media types.
Meanwhile Extrablog highlights some of the anti-German semtiments expressed by some right-wing American bloggers.