Story of X's Glory

Let us tell you the Story of our Glory.$[\cdots (0)]$
We started according to the new Year. Manual on 'How to Win'.$[\cdots (1)]$
Everybody started exclaiming "X"$[\cdots (2)]$
All began to mull over the Possibilities.$[\cdots (3)]$
We started cruising towards our Destination.$[\cdots (4)]$
We did the Maths.$[\cdots (5)]]$
And registered a historical Win in the Semi-Final.$[\cdots (6)]$
We had the fiercest Swans-Tiger, who was the best in Defence.$[\cdots (7)]$
We were not going to Mess it this Time.$[\cdots (8)]$
We knew we were surely going to Win.$[\cdots (9)]$
We had all the Low we needed.$[\cdots (10)]$
We came so close.$[\cdots (11)]$
Finally, we gotz it.$[\cdots (12)]]$


What does this story remind you of?
Identify X and the Destination.


  • Dodgy pun alert.
  • Please don't edit without asking.
  • Hints will be provided as and when deemed necessary.


$(1)$ Notice that the first letter of all nouns is in capital.

$(2)$ One for all and all for one.

$(3)$ Every line is valuable.


We can identify

X as Germany National Football Team (Die Mannschaft), the Destination is the 2014 FIFA World Cup title.

Dodgy Puns:

(1) new Year = Neuer and Manual = Manuel, so Manuel Neuer.

(2) exc(laim)ing = Lahm, so Phillip Lahm

(3) mull over = Müller, so Thomas Müller.

(4) cruising = Kroos, so Toni Kroos.

(5) Maths = Mats , so Mats Hummmels.

(6) Swans-Tiger = Schweinsteiger , best in = Bastian , so Bastian Schweinsteiger.

(7) semi = Sami , so Sami Khedira.

(8) Mess it= Mesut, so Mesut Özil.

(9) surely = Schürrle, so André Schürrle.

(10) Low = Löw, so Joachim Löw.

(11) close = Klose, so Miroslav Klose.

(12) gotz = Götze, so Mario Götze.

Incidentally, my home country suffered quite a tragic loss at that semi-final :(

Hints explained:

(1) All of the nouns are capitalized because that happens when you write in German.

(2) This hints towards unity and teamspirit, essential characteristics of a team.

(3) Every line contains the name of some player disguised by a pun.

  • $\begingroup$ I thought Mess as Messi was a cooler solution because you don't want to mess it up :P $\endgroup$
    – ffao
    Mar 30 '16 at 5:55
  • $\begingroup$ No idea for the semi-final line, I'll have to defer that to the experts $\endgroup$
    – ffao
    Mar 30 '16 at 6:18
  • $\begingroup$ I decided to give you the answer for the semi-final. $\endgroup$
    – Roby5
    Mar 30 '16 at 6:40

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