Giving up a sloppy goal in your World Cup opener is nothing to toy with.
Unless the toy involved is a Lego.
The website legofussball.eu, created by 19-year-old Fabian Moritz of Hannover, Germany, posts videos of Lego toys recreating goals scored in European soccer matches.
But with soccer on the big stage in South Africa this month, the Lego creations are taking an international feel.
The recreation of the USA-England game, which was also posted on the website of the British newspaper The Guardian with English voiceover, included the now-infamous (if you're a fan of England) goal that slipped by keeper Robert Greene.
It was definitely a hit with writer Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle: "Lego Robert Green's reaction to Lego Clint Dempsey's
goal is priceless ("Oh, that'll take some getting over!"), but as I
watch this more, I'm beginning to respect the little things — like
taking the time to put Adidas and Kia Motors ads at the base of the
stands, and the England players' sliding celebration after their goal.
(Why is Tim Howard wearing a hat, though?)"
Legofussball's first "match" in 2007 was a recreation of a friendly between Real Madrid and Moritz's favorite team, Hannover 96.
friendly match was my debut," Moritz wrote in an email to USA TODAY. "I
was bored and after this great match, that Hannover 96 won 3-0 against
Real Madrid, I had something to do.
"The reactions were great, so I went on."
He said it takes about three hours to film a single goal.
"It's only me, who produces and manages videos and website. I'm a crazy football fan."
Moritz, who is supporting Germany in the World Cup, said his love is soccer more so than Legos.
I got Lego from my father a lot of years ago and I love stadiums, so I
built my stadium in a progress of many years. In summer 2007 I rebuilt
To coin a phrase, if you build it, they'll post it on YouTube. -- Gene Farris