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Sunday, June 29, 2008
Germany VS Spain
Almost a month of intense international football n it all comes down to today where two teams will fight it out to determine who will the the Kings of Europe. This year's final is a very much different one for me. Ever since I started watching football in 1997, there is hardly any major tournament with my favourite team in the final. I'm a die hard German fan, a drunk English fan, n recently a newly converted Spanish fan due to the number of Spanish players playing in Liverpool FC.
World Cup 98 - France VS Brazil
I don't support either, but it was the tournament that I started to adore Zinedine Zidane n Juergen Klinsmann. Klinsmann was Germany's top striker back then but it was also his last match of his career. He retired n migrated to California after Germany got eliminated.
Euro 2000 - France VS Italy
None again. Zidane the player of the tournament again when France killed Italian hearts with a golden goal.
World Cup 2002 - Germany VS Brazil
Finally, a team for me to support! Back then, German soccer was in shambles when they were being labeled as boring, predictable n almost mechanical. But Rudi Voeller defied all critics n brought Germany to the finals inspired by their captain Michael Ballack. Sadly, they lost 2-0 to Brazil thanks to the joker hairstyled Ronaldo. *SAD*
Euro 2004 - Greece VS Portugal
I hate Greece, cos they play rubbish football. I hate Portugal, cos it's full of Manchester United n Chelsea players. Surprisingly, I watched the full final n crappy Greece won the cup.
World Cup 2006 - France VS Italy
It was Zidane's last competitive match of his career, n I was rooting for France to win it. Regretfully, things turned out pretty badly with Zidane's infamous headbutt on Italy's Marco Materazzi n France went on to lose the match through penalties. My beloved Klinsmann was manager of Germany in this tournament n he totally revolutionalised the way Germany play their game. I believe Germany will become the true force in international soccer again. One major disappointment was the resignation of Klinsmann after the tournament.
Euro 2008 - Germany VS Spain
I'm right. Germany is back. The likes of Podolski, Schweinsteiger n Lahm has matured since 2006. What surprised me was how Spain managed to come to the final match as well. Spain was well known to be tournament chokers as they always fall short on expectations. This time round, they're back in real business. Germany, the team with the tallest players, versus Spain, the team with the most number of handsome faces. Who will prevail?
How to watch this match?? I support both teams n they're both fighting in the final match. When Fernando Alonso(Spain) n Michael Schumacher(Germany) was fighting for the world championship in Formula One, it was an easy choice. Schumacher of Ferrari was my pick but he lost to the Spaniard twice in the two years they battled.
So who will win tonight? I keep my fingers crossed with my prediction of a scoreline of 3-2 to Germany.