In the last days, I was – surprise, surprise; it’s football time – asked a couple of times why I wouldn’t watch the games of the German football team. Despite the facts that a) sometimes one has better things to do than watching how 11 (for my taste) non-attractive guys play non-atttractive football or b) I sometimes find it annoying that suddenly everyone likes to watch games, even those not knowing any rules, there’s fact c): I don’t want to support the German team just because I have a German passport.
In some things, I’m terribly German and I can’t deny that growing up here, has formed my personality, but what counts for me, isn’t my nationality but my gender, my interests, (sometimes) my faith, what happens surround me/ how the world within Europe has changed since I grew up and so on. On the paper, I’m German but I define myself as European, woman, 20something, etc. I have no problems if people wave flags and say that “we’ve won” but I want to decide for myself who I’ll keep my fingers crossed, or not. And with the German male football team, I simply don’t.