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Euro 2008 semifinal chat: Germany vs Turkey
2008-06-25 10:00
by Bob Timmermann

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.

2008-06-25 10:34:01
1.   underdog
This would be a tremendous upset if Turkey wins, given especially their depth issues.
2008-06-25 10:45:52
2.   Penarol1916
I can't believe that this is the match my friend wants to meet up and watch as opposed to tomorrow's.
2008-06-25 11:32:05
3.   MC Safety
Give me Kuranyi or give me death.
2008-06-25 12:08:55
4.   underdog
"My, what an enormous schweinsteiger." - Young Frankenstein
2008-06-25 12:15:14
5.   Ember Nickel

Um, yeah, I don't care enough to think of something clever or anything.

2008-06-25 12:51:18
6.   underdog
Turkey totally outplayed them for the first half of the first half, much more spirited but with their lack of depth I would think they may have run themselves ragged. They already looked to be tiring on defense. But we'll see. Fun game so far.
2008-06-25 12:56:51
7.   Penarol1916
Definately did not regret sneaking out of the office for the first half of that one, especially to a bar full of attractive young Turkish lasses.
2008-06-25 13:14:58
8.   underdog
Will lightning strike again for Turkey?

(Sorry, couldn't resist. Weird power outage there apparently affected the whole world watching soccer.)

2008-06-25 13:21:57
9.   Ember Nickel
8 Now we've got another one.
2008-06-25 13:28:04
10.   Ember Nickel
2-1 Germany.
2008-06-25 13:34:48
11.   underdog
This is insane! And we missed 2 goals because of the TV feed/lightning strike issues. Yowsa.

If I were Turkey I would not look forward to overtime but I'm sure they'll take it.

2008-06-25 13:35:09
12.   MC Safety
Lahm! Deutschland!
2008-06-25 13:44:19
13.   underdog

We almost missed the last goal too.

Turkey looked really tired in the 2nd half and especially at the end. Congrats, Germany.

2008-06-25 13:44:55
14.   Penarol1916
I hope the Germans get as lambasted as the Italians do everytime they win a game they had no business winning.
2008-06-25 15:48:45
15.   capdodger
Woo! That was fun!

What was the deal with the video feed cutting out? I was watching from curbside bar south of the Brandenburg Gate and we had no sound. I didn't miss any goals because of that, but rather because I had to run back and forth across the street to resupply my friends.

The streets went nuts afterwards. Honking. Fireworks. Riot police clearing the streets for traffic. Currywurst. Even the Turks were having a good time.

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