World Games 2022: How Germany Shocked the United States

Breaking down the most surprising result of the World Games.

Germany's Steffen Doscher goes for a catch against the United Sates at the 2022 World Games.
Germany’s Samuel Beuttemüller goes for a catch against the United States at the 2022 World Games. Photo: Kevin Leclaire — Ultiphotos.com

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Germany’s stunning upset victory over Canada on the first day of the 2022 World Games immediately threw Pool A into chaos, showing a brand of clean offence that set a new benchmark for quality ultimate, with Germany turning the disc over just six times in the whole game, scoring seven from 13 break attempts, and their offense error free. In the other Pool A clash on day 1, USA beat Great Britain in a scrappy game where three of GB’s seven goals were breaks, USA lost possession 10 times, and seemed to squander plenty of opportunities, leaving people wondering if Germany’s efficient offence would carry them to victory, or whether a disjointed USA would get their act together and bring their “A Game” when it mattered.

The game lived up to expectations in some respects, resulting in an emphatic German victory and leaving USA scratching their heads. However, in other ways it was not similar at all to the prior day’s results.

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  1. Sion "Brummie" Scone
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    Sion "Brummie" Scone coached GB Open from 2010-2012, and also coached the GB World Games team in 2013, and the u24 Men in 2018. He has been running skills clinics in the UK and around the world since 2005. He played GB Open 2007-12, and GB World Games 2009. He lives in Birmingham, UK. You can reach him by email (sionscone@gmail.com) or on Twitter (@sionscone).

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