After the disappointing draw the U.S. men’s soccer team experienced against Portugal on Sunday, Twitter users were already anticipating Thursday’s match against Germany at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Many referred to the matchup as World War III, or how netizens typically like to call it: #WW3.
In an ultra-quick history lesson for anyone who might have fallen asleep during seventh-grade American history, USA and Germany were rivals in World War I and World War II.
Though it seems extreme to compare Thursday’s World Cup game to a world war, the stakes in the match are high since USA and Germany are tied for first position in Group G and the game's outcome will decide (based on how other teams in the group perform too) which teams move on to the next round and have a go at the trophy.
Still, the intensity has gotten to the best of some. Many Twitterati are wagering bets for #WW3, with many using history’s precedent to predict the outcome for Thursday’s game.
USA vs Germany = WW3
— Steven Bagarotti (@StevenBagarotti) June 23, 2014
USA vs Germany later this week and we all know who has the winning record
— Glen Coco (@ThatGuyGlenCoco) June 23, 2014
Germany bout to get it again #WW3
— Dizzle (@TheDevonNorth) June 23, 2014
Some are looking at the match as USA versus Hitler and the Nazis.
HITLERS GOING DOWN #ww3
— Hayven Misbehayven (@HayvenAnn) June 23, 2014
Considering the mass causalities and destruction sustained during WWI and WWII, not everyone thought referring to the game as a war was in good taste.
Uh I think it's kind of in poor taste to call USA vs Germany world cup match "world war rematch" but whatever
— dovahkiin (@sfabbb) June 23, 2014
Fictitious war aside, many Twitter users were just excited to see the game.
Can't wait for USA vs Germany
— jade (@jaadeeanee) June 22, 2014
As far as another draw, that’s not something viewers of the World Cup wanted to see happen again.
USA vs Germany is not allowed to end as a draw. I rebuke it
— Arjen Kwaku (@Alfee_Gee) June 23, 2014
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