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Soccer World Cup 2006: Parade With German Flags (June 24, 2006)
Hosting the World Cup in the summer of 2006 not only gave Germans an opportunity to present themselves as hospitable and cosmopolitan, it also allowed them to celebrate a new kind of patriotism that was removed from the stigma of nationalistic chauvinism. In the context of this colorful sports event, during which German fans peacefully celebrated with fans from other nations, the waving of German flags – an activity hitherto regarded with suspicion – now seemed harmless, even normal. This photo shows a motorcade on Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm: German fans were celebrating their team’s victory over Sweden on June 24, 2006. Photo: Gero Breloer.