As the Euro championships come to an end, the four teams making the quadrant are Germany, Turkey, Russia and Spain. Each team has faced its lows and highs in the tournament. In wake of the semi-finals I would like to discuss about the respective teams.
Germany-the team coached by Joachim Lowe, who is considered as the brains behind the team run to the semi-finals in the world cup took over from Jurgen Klinsmann. The start Germany made to their championships was an incredible one as they beat Poland convincingly. But as the tournament wore on, they started to tumble a little. They lost to Croatia and then just made it through the group stages. In the quarter finals we saw the old Germany, playing the way it should and controlling the game from start to finish. That was the only quarter final not to go to extra time or further, all in all it was a stellar performance by the Germans. Have they got another strong performance left in them?
Turkey-coached by Fatih Terim has being the surprise package of the tournaments along with Russia. They lost their first group match against Portugal 2-0. At that moment they had to give their all to go through from the group stages especially with the Czechs winning their opening group match against the Swiss. But the determination shown by the Turks was remarkable as they first clinched victory against the Swiss in dramatic fashion and then again undoing the Czechs in the last few minutes of the match. We can say it was by luck or by chance or by just pure determination that they went through to the quarter finals. There they met Croatia. The match again had a dramatic ending. No one could have predicted the outcome in that fashion. Turkey “again" scoring in the last few minutes of the match and in the end winning the match. Now the question comes that everyone is asking, CAN TURKEY DO A GREECE?
Russia-coached by Guus Hiddink. Their journey through to the group stages to the semi-finals has being like a fantasy. After being hammered in the first match against Spain 4 goals to 1, they picked themselves up and just gave their all in the remaining matches. Headed by their Russian architect Andrei Arshavin, they just demolished the Dutch as if they didn't even exist. But now they have to face their old nemesis who earlier in the tournament destroyed them with ease. Can they do it?
Spain-coached by Luis Aragones. After getting past the quarter finals stage after a long time (24 years to be exact) they have finally reached semi-finals. It will surely won't be easy this time around for La Furia Roja against the Russians. In the group stages they were similar to the Dutch, winning all the three games with ease. But in the quarters final stage they also showed they could stay long in the game and can control it. Has the time finally come for the Spanish's to rejoice and win a major tournament after so long?
Well I don't know the answers to the questions above but one thing is for sure, we are in for four cracking games of football. All the players will give there all for their country, the match would be a battle for the players, some will stand, some will fall, but no one at is a loser.