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Greece vs Germany: The Mother of All EURO-Battles?

Wild at heart. Anticipation is high among the Greeks – and the Germans, I would assume – for the soccer match upcoming Friday, June 22/2012 as the two teams will unfold their talents at Arena Gdansk in Poland for the EURO 2012 quarter-finals.

The match is to start at 09:45 pm (Greek time) amid a heavy euro zone crisis, a huge Greek debt crisis and with the two nations to have provoked each other with all possible and impossible articles and caricatures during the last two years, since Greece sought international financial aid in May 2010.

German MorgenPost: Greeks Want to See Us Suffer/ Bring Merkel to US

“Greeks want revenge. Friday’s match is more than a game for them. Greeks wants to win in order to heal their wounds, even for a while. They want to be a night when big Germany will suffer, as long and as violent as possible.”

Furthermore, the policies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble have been perceived by Greeks as “extremely blackmailing”  and “provocative” triggering lots of anger and antipathy among the debt-ridden nation.

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Aggeliki-Adrianna G., 26: Greek father/Polish mother – the most WOW-supporter of Greek Team

Football players from both Greece and Germany  say “politics will play no role.”

“We can’t tangle up politics with soccer” Giorgos Samaras said in an interview, “it’s just a game.” He added Greece national Team plays for 11 million of Greeks who will be waiting to cheer.

Greece in nothing to lose - Football - Euro 2012

Greece’s National Team after Defeating Russia

Captain Karagounis Banned from Friday Game

“The absence of Greece captain Giorgos Karagounis will be hard to fill, according to manager Fernando Santos.

Karagounis was booked for diving in the 1-0 win over Russia which earned Greece second place in Group A.

The yellow card rules him out of Friday’s last-eight meeting with Germany, a decision that looked harsh with replays showing the midfielder should not have been booked for diving after he had been clipped by Sergei Ignashevich.” (Soccerway.com)

Members of Greek National Team will wear black armbands to honour former manager of Greece’s national team Alketas Panagoulias, who passed away on June 18, 2012. Greece’s Football Federation requested also UEFA that one minute of silence will be held before the match.

PS I’ve been considering to have a live blogging for comments on Friday. But I’m afraid there would be much too many eF-words…. What do you think?

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23 comments

  1. No Effing way, we would behave KTG. Go for live blogging!

  2. keeptalkinggreece

    hm…. promised?

  3. Do what you think is best, KTG. Too many comments could unfortunately result in your
    server going down again. Again, a big EFHARISTO for the excellent coverage of the election
    and the continuing saga.

  4. keeptalkinggreece

    we could make it ‘secretly’ among KTG-ians lol
    thnaks for following us, Dianne

  5. Parakalo

  6. Greeks Want to See Us Suffer

    Not only the Greeks. 😀

  7. keeptalkinggreece

    bad, bad boy!

  8. iaourti iaourtaki

    Those lazy slobs and never grown ups – one game in 4 days! – should get sold together with all these other pro sport stars to the sheiks as rescue packs. It’s unbelievable that this bread and circus madness flagging around with national coloured toilet paper is still allowed. Crisis? What a joke.

  9. So Merkel is going to attend. ” That’s brave Minister “

  10. Stefania, Italy

    Just back from Greece, just supported Greece against Russia with all our greek friends … 🙂
    Oh no please, don’t let me alone with a glass of ouzo in my living room, oh yes yes yes KTG please go liveblogging if you think it is feasible

    no bad words, promised 🙂

  11. keeptalkinggreece

    🙂

  12. I am offering to take my kids to Greek school Friday night so they are not subjected to learning new Greek swear words at home as their dad watches the match! I’m keeping clear!! I hope Greece nails them! It’s political and very personal!!!

  13. keeptalkinggreece

    lol so it is!

  14. HELLAS , HELLAS, HELLAS!!!!!

  15. Ok, I’m going to make a conspiracy theory prediction that I am also going to bet on.

    I will bet at least 20 euros on Greece to win. My logic:

    – Greece needs to feel good about itself

    – Greek players will try harder and need to win to make Greece’s name good again in the world press

    – German government doesn’t want to press too hard on Greeks, so will tell their national team to lose the game for the good of the European Union, to keep Greeks happy, and content while they Germans collect more money from them.

    – Also, the odds against Greece are good for betters so I assume that most will bet on Germany, and the betting organizations will win big time.

    So, if you bet on Greece, you’ll win money and also Greece will win.

    Ok, everyone, click your heels, Greece will win, Greece will Win, there’s no place like home Dorothia….

  16. keeptalkinggreece

    good choise!
    (BTW & off soccer topic: I cannot verify and never heard of that ‘nonsense’ so far- I don’t even post it for obvious reasons)

  17. Off topic alert: Ok, i do appreciate you at least answering it (regarding nonsense) but there are quite a bit of info that is heard daily and sometimes it’s true, so it never hurts to run it by someone like you with resources to check, so thank you..

  18. keeptalkinggreece

    put an info based on hear-saying from hear-saying and thus submitted by people I do not know (no offence, please)? I normally do not do it.

  19. no offense taken. as I said, it is never bad to verify what you hear with reputable sources (You KTG I mean)… So, this was compliment to you, not sure if you understood. 🙂

  20. iaourti iaourtaki

    Unfortunately hools are not allowed to sit there to kick that frat ass and chant “Lynch A Lot” but how’s about the solitarian Brits, can’t they kidnap the Olympic Flame, bring it back to Greece and on its way stick it up into the belly of the beast just like a torch to watch into the tunnel of the mutant?
    If the Olympic Flame won’t reach the Olympics that would be a heroic action also, against Philhellenic nonsense as in ancient times everybody was doped.
    Other Philhellenic nonsense is the wrong translation of the words demos kratos that was used as a program to get into power without sharing it with real democrats like Thomas Münzer or Spartakos. It’s crazy like Sirtaki – a dance that was only created for Anthony Quinn because he’s too stupid to dance Greek – and like even Greeks think it’s Greek lots of them also hand into the plastic bags of myths to find just beside the suicidal Lemmings Greece as the cradle of democracy.

  21. When does live blogging start KTG?

  22. and where? Darn, I was nervous and still am!