An Oamaru German family celebrated in style when their national football team claimed the FIFA Football World Cup with a 1-0 win over Argentina yesterday morning.
Thomas and Micha Brenna and their children Ben, Tara, Jac and Max have been in Oamaru for seven years. They watched the match at their home with some of their New Zealand friends.
“It was very good. It was a fantastic game of football and Argentina were fantastic finalists, but we are very happy we scored that goal because it was our only real chance,” said Mr Brenner.
Football is a Brenner family favourite, with the two eldest boys Ben and Jac playing football for their school, St Joseph’s, and mum Micha coaching.
The family had watched every German match and were pleased with the final result.
“We watched all the German games, even the ones at 4am, the kids as well and we had a couple of German friends join us some of the games,” said Mr Brenner.
By the time of the final, Mr Brenner said they were more than confident the side could win.
“It was my favourite match of the tournament. It was so tight, unlike the semi-final, which was really one-sided,” he said.
Mr Brenner said it was the first time Germany had won the World Cup since their children were born.
“The children saw the side’s first World Cup win since 1990, so that was awesome.”
The lounge erupted when the goal was scored.
Football Waitaki chairman Phil Collings said the World Cup had had a positive effect on football in the town.
“I know plenty of people were watching it and it’s awesome that the knockout stages fell during the school holidays so children could watch the games.”
Mr Collings said children in Oamaru were often talking about the results.
“At football on Saturday mornings, children would usually talk about the games and who was going well, so that was a positive,” he said.
However, he felt the wrong team won, as he is a staunch Portugal fan.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY
CELEBRATION: The FIFA World Cup came to an end yesterday morning, with Germany defeating Argentina 1-0 in the final to the delight of Oamaru-based German family, the Brenners. Parents Thomas and Micha are seen celebrating with their children, from left: Tara, 9, Ben, 11, Jac, 6, and Max, 4.