- Posted by Geoff Reid
- On June 22, 2012
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- 2012 Euro, Germany, Greece
By Geoff Reid
The buildup for this match has been overshadowed by the current economic crisis in Greece, and with the Greeks turning to no other then Germany for help for a bailout package, you have to wonder what effect it will have on the game in hand. It seems because of this there is a lot of resentment towards the Greeks, so if the 2004 champions could win this it would rub salts into the wounds of die Mannschaft.
If you’re a betting person however, don’t bet on Greece. Joachim Loew’s squad are favorites to win it all and for good reason. Denmark gave them a good test in the group stage, but coming out winners of the so called “group of death” is exactly what everyone expected. Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil hasn’t made too much noise so far, and is poised to step up now the real business starts. The best part is the team didn’t need him to be at his best. Bastian Schweinsteiger has looked the part and has had no Champions League Final hangover many were expecting. Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has done magnificently well controlling a back line which is otherwise dominated by arch nemesis Bayern Munich. Then up front you have Mario Gomez, who has scored three goals so far of pure quality. The point is, Germany have too many weapons for Greece to handle on paper.
Greece doesn’t pull any surprises, and they’re biggest strength is their sense of togetherness and playing as a unit. The team spirit showed against a much fancied Russian side, who by the way dismantled the Czech Republic on day one. Preparation by manager Fernando Santos has been outstanding, and keep in mind, his Greece went through a 17 game unbeaten run before the tournament started before a friendly defeat to Romania. This team does not quit, and will give die Mannschaft everything they got. They’ve done it once before eight years ago in Portugal, so they will not be underestimated.
Prediction: Germany 2-0 Greece