An interesting article in Thelocal.de frames support for Germany in the World Cup in terms of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest - the idea that Germany might win football because it has a history of seeing off the toughest of opponents:
Around the time of Christ’s birth, Germany was a land of warring tribal groups slowly being subsumed from the south and west by the Brazilian football team of the era, the Roman Empire.
Inexorably the Romans advanced, introducing their roads, their fancy under-floor heating and a spectacular series of defences known as the Limes Germanicus.
It seemed that the entire expanse of what we call Germany today would become yet another province of wine drinkers.
Full article here.