Immigration to Germany will only help the German National Soccer Team.
Angela Merkel once famously stated, "multiculturalism has failed," ("Multikulti ist absolut gescheitert.")! Although her arguments were more about the merits of integration versus individuality, German society as a whole has usually downplayed the importance of immigration. Germans helped hundreds of thousands of Turks immigrate into Germany after World War Two to help run the economy and get Germany back on her feet, and Italians have immigrated to or become seasonal laborers in Germany for generations. The famous Eiscafes in Germany are primarily Italian in ownership. Nevertheless, the blond, blue eyed stereotype of Germans is still quite strong, and German culture and history favors the influence of its native citizens over its immigrant residents.
However, perhaps after the 2014 World Cup, these stereotypes will be removed. The German national team playing in Brazil, like all teams, is made up of 24 players. Six German players have half or complete non-German ethnicity or backgrounds. A full twenty-five percent of Germany’s national team does not fit the typical German stereotype. And yet, if Germany wins the World Cup, it will be due in no small part to the play and support of immigrant players.
Jerome Boateng's brother, Kevin-Prince Boateng is a midfielder for the Ghana national team and they represent the very first pair of siblings to ever play in a World Cup match on opposing sides.
Here is a list of German soccer players with immigrant backgrounds
Jérôme Agyenim Boateng: Born in West-Berlin a mere five weeks before the fall of the Berlin Wall to an ethnic German mother, Boateng’s father is from Ghana.
Shkodran Mustafi: Born in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, Mustafi was born to an immigrant Albanian family
Sami Khedira: Khedira was born in Stuttgart to an ethnic German mother and a Tunisian father.
Mesut Özil: Born in Germany from Turkish ancestry, he is the player that Angela Merkel discussed during her famous speech.
Lukas Poldoski was born in Poland and immigrated with his parents at the age of two.
Miroslav Klose was also born in Poland and arrived in Germany at the age of eight.
Many teams today have players of varying backgrounds and ethnicities, including differing religions, languages and cultures. But for the most part, these teams' identities are of national pride and sportsmanship. May the best team win!