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Germany vs Greece, Euro 2012 Quarterfinal: Open Thread

Germany vs Greece: 2:45pm ET
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On paper, this is the most one-sided quarter-final match of Euro 2012. But that’s before it kicks off. Once the referee blows the whistle to kick off this game, anything goes. Don’t underestimate the Greek team. It all just depends which Greece team shows up. The one who was awful during their first half against Poland, or the one who was so dangerous against Russia.

Before, during and after today’s Euro 2012 match, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

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  1. gooner

    June 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    why the pics of scantly clad women on the thread?

    • MNUfan1991

      June 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Why not?

    • The Gaffer

      June 22, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      I only see one photo.

      The Gaffer

  2. sam

    June 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    the greesks ddnt invent the alphabet, the phoenicians did

    • dust

      June 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Instead of just saying “alpahbet” I should have been more specific, the Greeks put the vowels in the alphabet, which lead to modern western laguages and alphabets, (latin, gothic, runic, Coptic, Cyrillic, Armenian,Georgian ) pretty important none the less.

      Sure the Phoenician alphabet spawned most others like Arabic, Hebrew, Greek etc

      Without nerding out to much, the Proto-Sinaitic alphabet is the oldest alphabet we can find and is from the middle bronze age and the basis of the phonecian alphabet.

  3. The Gaffer

    June 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Did we just see the future Euro 2012 champions?

    Incredible performance by Germany. Much more impressive than the Spaniards thus far.

    The Gaffer

    • Andrei

      June 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      I agree. Some may say it was just Greece but I think it is unfair. Greeks are the most under appreciated team in this tournament. Today they showed true quality and grit but Germans were just too much for them. One thing is clear – it is practically impossible to keep a clean sheet against this German team. Sooner or later they will find the way to score. You have to outplay and outscore them in order to beat them.

      • Pete

        June 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

        You do know that Germany is yet to keep a clean sheet in this tournament?

        • Pete

          June 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

          What am I talking about? The Portugal game, still they look capable of letting one or two in

          • Andrei

            June 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

            Yes they do. But they are also capable of scoring a bundle and that is my point. Whatever tactics you employ it has to assume that Germany will score.

  4. dust

    June 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I guess the Greeks will just have to be happy with being the founders of civilization, democracy, western philosophy, Comedy, satire and theatre, Geometry, Marathons, the Olympics, olive oil, the alphabet, beautiful architecture, the occasional tragedy and Great food.

    • MNUfan1991

      June 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      None of that can make up for the 90mins of my life, taken away by that stupid-@$$ Greek Wedding movie 🙁
      Back then I wished their entire country going bankrupt from the Olympics. If only I were half as good in picking lottery numbers….

  5. Paul

    June 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I have watched 80 minutes of the game so far and Germany has not launched one Long Ball to the striker

  6. Pete

    June 22, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I already have my prediction as Spain beating Portugal and England beating Germany so a Greece win tonight would have messed that up

  7. dust

    June 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Oh well, too bad Greece. Germsny have played far better footbalI, I personally don’t think the Germans will make the final, the winner of Italy England will. Great strike from Rues.

    • Andrei

      June 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Well at least they showed that park the bus tactics don’t really work against them. A note for England if they make the semifinal.

      • dust

        June 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

        true, I think they can be exposed at the back, Really excited for the game on Sunday! I hope Roy lets Stevie g off the leash!

  8. jtm371

    June 22, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    the Beethovens are running wild this match has the feeling of 300.

  9. The Gaffer

    June 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    This Germany side looks scaringly good.

    The Gaffer

  10. Pete

    June 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    now it’s over

  11. Pete

    June 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I don’t think this is over just yet

    • Andrei

      June 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Now it is over.

  12. Dust

    June 22, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Quality German strike…wow! Can greece come back again?

    • Andrei

      June 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      They definitely look like they’ve got comeback in them. Greeks are very tricky team it is not over yet.

  13. Ben

    June 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    That girl need to learn to smile lol

    Ok game over for Greece, they had their moments, let the real football nation real play football now.

  14. Cody

    June 22, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Chelsea have taught inferior teams how to grind out results against traditional powerhouses.

  15. Pete

    June 22, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Greece vs England in the semi’s?

  16. Andrei

    June 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Now it is typical Greeks 🙂

  17. Dust

    June 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Yes yes yes ! C’mon Greece!

  18. Dust

    June 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    What a goal!

  19. Andrei

    June 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Typical Germans…

  20. dust

    June 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Ian darke in his bubble, hasn’t noticed the riots, bananas on the pitch, neo nazi salutes and apparent attempted pitch invasions that several countries had been fined for. LoL

  21. The Gaffer

    June 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Greece is looking better and better, all of sudden!

    The Gaffer

  22. dust

    June 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    “it’s only a matter of time”. LoL thanks for that sharp, experienced insight.

    • Guy

      June 22, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      And it was free! 🙂

  23. Guy

    June 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    One of those is going in soon.

  24. dust

    June 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    It’s camera shutters near the mics on the side of the pitch.

  25. jk

    June 22, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Does anyone know what the typewriter sound is that always goes off during football matches? I used to think it was just the crap quality of fox soccer channel but I’ve been hearing it during this tournament. It almost always goes off as a team clears a free kick or corner out of its own zone. I’ve wondered for years but never really looked into it.

    • The Gaffer

      June 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Photographers near the touchline, snapping away – especially for close-ups, etc.

      The Gaffer

      • jk

        June 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm

        Oh that makes sense. Thanks.

  26. jtm371

    June 22, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Samaras what a hack.

  27. The Gaffer

    June 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Early warning sign for Greece. Disallowed goal.

    The Gaffer

  28. jtm371

    June 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    you know it is bad when your fans fly your flag upside down in the stands.

    • The Gaffer

      June 22, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      Beer will do that!

      The Gaffer

  29. dust

    June 22, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I’m torn, I want Greece to win because losing to the Germans politically and in a game of football in one week isn’t right. However, Lalas wants the greeks, he will be unbearable if they do, that plus I want england to beat the germans in the next round if they get pased italy on Sunday.

    Greece 2-1 in overtime I think especially if schwienstiger doesn’t play.

    • Andrei

      June 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      Greeks may have lost to Germans politically but only after they lost to themselves economically. And football will follow.

      “Politics is concentrated economics”. Leo Trotsky

      • Dust

        June 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

        Without wanting this to turn into a political discussion, the structure of the euro and all the economic policies of those in the euro monetary system means they are not in charge of their own economic destiny, the central bank is, which is also why Portugal, Spain, Ireland and italy are also in dire economic situations. The Greeks are just percieved to be worse off because they are politically unstable.

        If it was a true “european union” then Germany wouldn’t be dictating fiscal policy restricting bailouts for the Greece, Spain,Ireland, Portugal unless they meet their demands….anyways….

        The Germans look up for it already, the pitch looks terrible, very choppy underfoot.

        • Andrei

          June 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm

          Typical Germans I agree. I blaming them for leading 1-0 at half time too.

        • Jon

          June 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

          @Dust: but being politically unstable is practically the definition of a backwards country. Whenever you visit the third world, the US state department issues warnings based on whether it is “politically stable” or not as a kind of code word for being backwards and full of delinquents because coming right out and saying so is controversial and not PC.

          Even many corporations have the same policy when discouraging their investors from certain regions by saying they are “politically unstable”.

          And generally speaking, ALL republics become unstable when there is a lack of money flowing because that’s what makes republics run: the parties need bribes/donations to keep functioning as a status-quo maintaining institution, once the money dries up, as we saw in Greece, the ideologues/nazis/commies will win the elections.

    • Alex Wolcott

      June 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Dust FTW for comment of the week – supporting Germany because LALAS supports the Greeks (he is Greek-American, actually).

      Love it! I’ll second that 100%!

  30. jtm371

    June 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    well Alex made it easy for me i am a sucker for pink nail polish.

    Beethoven 3 Socrates 0 !

    • Guy

      June 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      I was going to say you’re stuck with no choice, but that’s a hell of a situation. 😉

      • jtm371

        June 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm

        I want to emphasize it was the pink nail polish that sealed the deal. how about a prediction?

      • Guy

        June 22, 2012 at 2:37 pm

        Well, the Greeks have been tenacious, but I give them zero chance here. 2-0

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