Football is the new Rock'n'roll

I have been wondering recently why suddenly everybody seems to be into football. Especially young women! On the train I overheard two girls - maybe 16-year-olds - discussing the match that got Germany into the quarter finals. One of them said "if we had lost I would have burst into tears". What?
Last night, after Germany finally beat Turkey in the semi-final, millions of people were partying all over Germany (thank god most of them in total party harmony with the losing Turkish fans). When you watch them in the stadions and at the public viewing parties, it is drama bordering on hysteria, they laugh, they cry, they laugh, they's fabulous.

I talked to Mick about it, he said in his inimitably laconic way "who needs the Beatles - now they got football". Bingo! It's rock and roll!