Thursday, June 19, 2008

Quarter Final Day at Euro

Portugal vs Germany

Not much to say today - the worst possible matchup for Portugal, likely the toughest test they'll face. The Germans are in gamemanship mode - injury questions and heaping praise on Portugal as being the favourites. Come to think of it, the Germans might be soccer's New England Patriots.

The Good
Portugal is in form and go into the game relatively rested. The eyes of the world on on Cristiano Ronaldo today; some of us hope for another performance like he delivered against the Czechs, others hoping he is a non-factor so that they can hate on him. Portugal have a revenge factor, looking to pay the Germans back for a 3-1 defeat in the consolation game of the 2006 World Cup. They are a confident bunch - they fear no one.

The Bad
The Germans will be physical today and they will look to dominate Portugal in the air - the Achilles heal of the team. Their style of play has historically presented Portugal with fits - they will grind the game down to a halt if they can and look to sneak one.

The Ugly
Portugal's recent history hasn't been good against Germany - there was a 3-0 win against Germany in 2000, but the architect of that win - Luis Figo - is in the stands now. It's up to Ronaldo and company to get it done today.

That damn feeling of saudade has me thinking its a crap shoot today - the nation is hopeful, but.

I've got nothing more - hopeful that the boys can get it done; a quick visit to church is likely in order today.

Thanks for taking the time to check in - not much of a post, but the mind is thousands of miles away today.

Hazel, here's hoping things are groovy in your world - hopefully you check in and send the boys some good Hazel Karma.

I'm Out!


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