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Excitement Building for Germany Against Italy

Throughout the years, Germany against Italy has been a classic match. Most notably during the 1970 World Cup semi-final, when Italy defeated the Germans 4-3 despite Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer playing with a dislocated shoulder after being injured in the match.

My personal prediction is that Italy will prevail in this match, 2-1. Germany’s goal in this tournament was to reach the semi-finals, so psychologically they’ve already succeeded. Italy, on the other hand, have higher expectations. Plus, their players are more well rested, with fewer knocks and bruises, after cruising past Ukraine in 90 minutes. Germany, you’ll remember, had to play 120 minutes against Argentina, and then play penalty kicks.

No matter what the result of today’s game, let’s hope that the teams rise to the occasion. This, without a doubt, is the biggest match of the tournament thus far. And, I predict, the winner will go on to lift the trophy on Sunday.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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