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Sputtering Germans v Giant-Killing Spaniards June 26, 2008

Posted by Reginald Johnson in Uncategorized.

n Basel, Switzerland something magical happened to some, while the world came crumbling down around others.  The Turkish National Futbol  Team will be remembered for its great escapes.  They squeezed by some worthy opponents.  They didn’t have what it took to get past the German National Futbol Team.

Germany, the team that everyone thought at one time was dead, showed that the historic team had just enough to beat the Turks – just barely.

In the last twelve minutes of the match, three goals were cast. The German team sputtered throughout the match, but managed to score the final goal to put their side ontop.  In the 90th minute Philipp Lahm scored.will have t

Now, the Germans o up their game against the unlikely Spaniards.  That’s right Spain!

Spain has become the unlikely darlings of the Euro Cup.  The Spanish defeated the Italians in a Euro Cup – the first time in 80 years.  They simply dismantled the strong Russian team.

Vienna will be alive with passion:  GERMANY v SPAIN.

The win on Wednesday was an emotional one for the Germans.  The Chelsea player and German star captain Michael Ballack proved to be pretty ineffective.

Those Turks weren’t out of it – even when they were down.  They managed late wins against Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Croatia. comp

Turkey completely dominated Germany for most of the match.

Germany looked bleak, failed to impose play against a heavy underdog and looked disheveled early on. Yet, when the final whistle went, their arms went up in celebration.

Miroslav Klose seemingly closed out the match for Germany in the 79th minute. Lahm sent a long cross into the penalty area, where Klose cut in front of Mehmet Topal and a hopelessly out of position Rustu Recber to head into the empty net.

Semih Senturk kept Turkey in the game with an 86th-minute equalizer. He beat Jens Lehmann at the near post after surging in to deflect a low cross from Sabri Sarioglu, who had fooled Lahm with a classy move.

With the Turkish fans celebrating wildly, Lahm immediately sought and found redemption to decide the game. He cut in from the left, set up a one-two with Thomas Hitzlsperger, collected the ball and shot it past Recber to unleash the joy of about 20,000 German fans at St. Jakob Park.

In the first half, Ugur Boral gave Turkey the lead in the 22nd, but Bastian Schweinsteiger equalized in the 26th.

Turkey dominated long spells of the match despite four suspensions and five injuries, proving its run of extraordinary comeback victories was no fluke.

During the last World Cup, the German team captured hearts with an all-out offensive style that took the  team to a third-place finish.  This go-round, you’d have to wonder where that team is now.

Germany’s fun ride through the World Cup brought millions of fans to party in the streets and gave the national team somewhat of a cult status. The entire experience is known in Germany as the “Summer Fairy Tale,” which was also the title of a popular documentary.

Some say the German team was showing it’s true colours by displaying their stamina, commitment and efficiency. ‘m still waiting for the German team of old.

There was little flair in the German performance, which is normal.  They have normally been the type of team that will fight until the end, and I can say I saw that.

Germany has displayed a mystifying inconsistency in its play at the championship.

It began with a strong 2-0 win over Poland, but then fell into disarray in a 2-1 loss to Croatia.

It advanced to the quarterfinals by laboring to a 1-0 victory over hapless Austria.

Its 3-2 win over Portugal was its best game by far, only to be followed by the plodding effort against Turkey.

In the Germany v Turkey match, 500,000 in Germany were estimated to have watched in Berlin’s “fan mile” strip that was also used during the World Cup.

The good thing for Germany is there is no set formula for success at the European Championships.

It can be won with flair and style like France in 2000 or Holland in 1988, with boring yet ruthlessly efficient defense like Greece in 2004 or with teamwork and a sense of destiny like Denmark in 1992.

Now go watch some futbol and support your local club.


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