Not that I'll get to watch as I will be enroute to beautiful Cleveland, but I put up this thread for people who will be watching the semifinal matchup in Euro 2008 between Turkey and Germany in Basel. The match should start at 11:45 am PT.
Injuries and suspensions have hit the Turks hard and it's possible the team might have just 13 non-goalies in uniform for this match. Turkey coach Fatih Salem says that he might use third string keeper Tolgan Zengin as a substitute. I hope he has an extra set of clothes to wear.
Germany will likely be at full strength and coach Joachim Loew will be back on the sidelines after serving a one-game suspension.
Germany leads the all-time series 11-3-3, but the Turks are 2-0-1 in the last three matchups.
The two teams have not met in a big competition since the 1954 World Cup. Germany beat Turkey twice in that World Cup, which, coincidentally, took place in Switzerland. Germany won 4-1 in Berne and then 7-2 in Zurich. The two teams played each other twice because they tied for second in their group, behind Hungary. And there were no goal difference tiebreakers used then. However, in 1954, there were four team groups, but each team only played two games. And Hungary beat Germany 8-3 in the opening round, but lost in the final by a 3-2 score.