Monday, June 23, 2008

Euro 2008 Quarter Finals: Portugal vs. Germany

For those of you that don't know, I'm a pretty big soccer fan. Admittedly, I enjoy playing it much more then watching but when a major tournament is in session, I can't help but get into it. I've been a fan of the Portuguese national team since I was a child so I couldn't help but root for them in this year's Euro 2008 tournament. They played poorly in the qualifying games but they made it into the tournament just the same. As the tournament unfolded, Portugal quickly became one of the favorites to win the entire thing. Ah, but this expectation was short-lived as the Germans took it to them by claiming a decisive 3 - 2 victory in the quarters. C'est la vie.

Anyway, I was hesitant to attend a public viewing of the match as I knew I'd have to celebrate silently in the midst of several hundred (must of been over 400 people, easy) soccer crazed Germans. I managed to stick around until half time but I then retreated to my hotel room to watch the final minutes of the game in disgust. My second favorite team in the tournament was Holland but now that they are knocked out so I now feel compelled to root for Germany. Let's see what happens.
Here's a nice pre kick-off photo (Taken on June 19th, 2008) where I was still feeling pretty confident about Portugal's chances:

Here's a quick video clip of the crowd as Germany went up 2 - 0 just before the end of the half:

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