Greece defeats Portugal 1-0 in the Euro2004 finals and is the new football champion of Europe! Kudos, they really deserve it (although I strongly favor offensive instead of defensive football tactics)! Good team-play, excellent tactical discipline, very high efficiency, a strong will and yet very likeable modesty. And of course ‘König Otto’ Rehhagel, a clever and talented coach! What a nice “forward pass” for the upcoming Olympic games in Greece!
Embarrassing situation during the finals for the organizers of the Euro2004: A man known as Jimmy Jump managed to break the (obviously weak) security barrier and run onto the field. Imagine what could have happened if he wasn’t just out for harmless fifteen minutes of fame..
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BTW I’d wish the Swiss football team had some lessons in Greece ;) For the future, particularly with regard to the World Cup 2006 in Germany and the Euro2008 in Switzerland and Austria, I hope the amateurish top-management of SFV will be forced to resign soon, and Christian Gross be nominated as the new coach to replace Köbi Kuhn (the first will eventually, the latter probably not happen – unfortunately). Roger Federer, who successfully defended last year’s victory in Wimbledon today, did a much better job than “unsere Nati” :)