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Watch Greece Take On Germany Live (With The Same Winning Odds As Staying In Euro)

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And final score: Greece JA JA - Germany NEIN NEIN NEIN NEIN. Too bad the real Grexit doesn't have to be decided in 90 minutes.

Today's EURO 2012 quarter-final between the diminutive (in stature and in economic might) Greeks, who surprisingly made it to the knock-out rounds - 'giant-killing' Russia on the way, and the hulking football genii Germans, promises to be as packed with prowess as it is punch. Don't write Greece off too soon though as they won the whole thing in 2004, and we can only imagine there is more than a little 'payback' in mind as they walk onto the field today. While we assume the entertainment will be a little less comedic than Monty Python's famous Philosophy International between the two nations, it is must-see viewing if for nothing else to watch Frau Merkel's face as she ducks and weaves the crowd's abuse. Will there be a little friendly wager between Samaras and Merkel? Santorini perhaps in exchange for four-more-years?


GREECE - Sifakis, Torosidis, Tzavelas, Papastathopoulos, Papadopoulos, Maniatis,
Makos, Katsouranis, Samaras (we thought he was injured this morning?), Salpiggidis, Ninis (new boy).

GERMANY - Neuer, Boateng,
Lahm, Bastuber, Hummels, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Ozil, Schurrle, Reus, Klose. Sitting the top 3 forwards?


Perhaps this William Banzai inspired vision will conjure some captions...


Monty Python's International Philosophy Football Match...


ESPN3's Slightly less entertaining Germany vs Greece EURO 2012 Quarter-Final (no embed so click here for link)...

Odds are that Germany wins 2-0 (with 33-to-1 odds on a 5-0 win) as the Greek defense won't cope with Klose first to score. For the long-shot the odds of a Greek win is 9-to-1 - about the same chance they have of staying in the Euro.


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Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:39 | 2551950 veyron
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Germany will win.  Otherwise Greece won't get its bailout

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:11 | 2552076 Levadiakos
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Greece will destroy Germany. One way or another.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:38 | 2552169 asteroids
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"Sometimes you are good, sometimes you are lucky, and sometimes you are Greek!"

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:34 | 2552281 sunaJ
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Get your tickets now!*


*Available for a limited time only.  No checks or credit cards accepted.  No refunds or exchanges.  Under terms and conditions of TinCup 2012 hypothecation and pay-to-play regulations, your seat may be forfeited to another without advanced notice.  Past success is no guarantee of future performance.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:05 | 2552290 Drachma
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The rear way?

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:12 | 2552077 Carl Spackler
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Monty Python:  German Philosophers (and Franz Beckenbauer) vs. Greek Philosophers in a football match was one of their most clever skits...with Confucius as the referee (Friedrich Nietzche booked for arguing!)

"and here comes Karl Marx on to the pitch, looking to add some life into the German side...well, I guess not"

In today's match, the only way Greece win is if a penalty kick is awarded, based on a missed call by the referee.

Germany have too much class on the pitch, today. 

But why they start Miroslav Klose is place of the younger but hot handed target man, Mario Gomez, is beyond me.


Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:58 | 2552257 Drachma
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"Confucius say 'Name going in book.'"

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:17 | 2552343 old naughty
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Confucius says: "Karl Marx is too hyper for my country".

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:15 | 2552330 THECOMINGDEPRESSION
This is funny, may happen who knows, with this mentally insane world Paul Krugman's Alien Invasion Defense Idea To Save Economy?

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Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:15 | 2552332 battle axe
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Come on Greece, do it for the Gipper......

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:32 | 2552398 LongSoupLine
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Germany has scored 4.
Greece is rumored to have scored 200.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 19:58 | 2552840 AGuy
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Greece takes over Charlie Sheens old Twitter Account "#Winning"! Perhaps Greece will start a road show to raise money, then if that fails, Greeces starts a new TV series called "Bailout Managment"!




Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:41 | 2551961 Robot Traders Mom
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I'm just glad I don't have to hear about the NBA for a while.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:50 | 2551997 tarsubil
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You never have to hear about the NBA.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:14 | 2552084 Robot Traders Mom
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Have you ever watched ESPN for more than 2 consecutive minutes?

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:25 | 2552126 CommunityStandard
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You never have to watch ESPN.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:54 | 2552019 Dr. Engali
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What's an NBA?

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:03 | 2552044 francis_sawyer
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Is that the same as an MBS, a CDS, or a QE3?

Taught by central bankers to the Molombo Tribe...

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:10 | 2552073 XitSam
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National Book Award, National Bar Association, National Braille Association, National Band Association, National Bison Association, National Benevolent Association, NanoBusiness Alliance,  National Beekeepers Association, National Board of Advisors, National Business Agent, Nevada Broadcasters Association, Nevada Brothel Association, National Beef Ambassador, National Bandmasters Association, National Brassfoundry Association, National Boating Association, Nebraska Beekeepers Association, Nepal Beekeepers Association

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:58 | 2552241 francis_sawyer
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I didn't downvote you... But I'm thinking that you missed BASS in there somewhere... Jeez ~ u were so close too... & of course  you obviously forgot to nominate the [INSERT GONG SOUND HERE] BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION...

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 20:00 | 2552844 AGuy
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"National Bald Association"

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:38 | 2552422 LongSoupLine
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No Brains Allowed
No Bird Anymore

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:02 | 2552051 fuu
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Could you confiscate the power cord to your son's pc please?

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:43 | 2551965 RyanW525
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This is the only way that Greece can dictate the terms and kick Germany out of the Euro...

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:54 | 2551969 Mercury
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Wait....what's this on the field?...the German team members are holding the defeated Greek players down on the field and stripping them of their gold jewelry...and pulling the fillings from their mouths....
Oh! the Eurocity!......We'll be right back after this commercial break...

More drinking/philosphy fun:

And, other Tyler Durdens in the news:

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:43 | 2551971 Aziz
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BBC commentator: "Let's hope we can put the politics aside for 90 minutes and concentrate on the football".


Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:44 | 2551974 fuu
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Do Europeans bet on sports?

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:45 | 2551981 Aziz
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Yeah. Religiously. Germany are very heavy favourites.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:53 | 2552016 magpie
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I believe France is wagering the 130 Billion Growth Pact and a two year ponzi extension.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:02 | 2552047 Grimbert
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Paddy power is a popular bookmakers. I think these sites are banned in the USA.

here are the odds they are offering

Germany 9/4 

Spain 11/4

Portugal 5/1

England 8/1 

Italy 9/1

France 10/1

Greece 50/1 

You can bet on who scores, whether it's decided on penalties etc etc.




Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:07 | 2552063 debtor of last ...
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That comes in 2013. Barroso against Lagarde in the "Austerity Arena" in Athens. There are allready plans to throw Van Rompuy in front of the lions, but maybe the Muppets will get him first.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:22 | 2552115 Carl Spackler
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Do you Europeans bet on sports?

Maybe, you have never been to Europe or opened up a sports website in any European language.

They are gambling-aholics and especially with football.  It's all legal, of course.  In the UK and Ireland, they are also heavy gamblers with horse racing.

Greece's best opportunity to raise someextra cash to pay interest on their debt, in light of the slumping economy, is to bet heavily against themselves and then throw the match and collect the proceeds.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:03 | 2552278 Sauk Leader
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I went to a pub in Dublin and there was a bunch of old guys with pairing sheets out watching Steeplechasing. I didn't even know they still did that!

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:47 | 2551985 ebworthen
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OMG - Monty Python, so funny.

That skit makes more sense and has more intelligence than the entire Euro debacle.

Art imitates life - and wins!

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:47 | 2551987 GeneMarchbanks
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2-1 Greece.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:50 | 2551998 Dr. Engali
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Monty Python never gets old. However I don't thnk things will fare that well for Greece.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:50 | 2552000 flying dutchmen
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germans could not get any tickets to the game.  Which worked out good since they all had the work and the Greeks had the day off..

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 18:53 | 2552722 MS7
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"Day off"-- Is that a euphemism for being unemployed? Amazing how many people have the "day off" when jobs are cut. It not only affects the people themselves but also businesses that depend on demand.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:52 | 2552008 BLOTTO
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It was a fluke that Greece won in 2004... (beating Portugal twice)

Flukes are a very rare thing...i dont think it will happen a second time. German team is STACKED.

BUT - i am cheering for the Greeks.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:15 | 2552085 Levadiakos
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Your logic is flawed but your heart is in the right place

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:32 | 2552397 The Swedish Chef
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It wasn´t a fluke, it was the result of deliberately playing extremly defensive soccer and it payed off. 

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 17:00 | 2552477 Joe A
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The coach at the time was a German...

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:52 | 2552012 Vegetius
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Bread and Circuses -

Somethings never change.  Time to bring back the Mob as well.

Quote time-  "The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage". ---Thucydides

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 14:54 | 2552020 PicassoInActions
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I am suprised that nobody talks about the troika conditions of the game.

If Greece wins- Greek players are allowed to transfer their money to swiss bank.

If Greece lose - Greek players will have to start paying taxes.



Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:01 | 2552046 Bastiat
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On what?

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:26 | 2552129 Carl Spackler
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Do they know how to pay taxes or would a national educational effort first be required?

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:02 | 2552049 robertocarlos
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Greeks can pull an upset. I think they are doing a rope a dope.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:05 | 2552057 q99x2
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That Monty Python video was the funniest I've seen in a while.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:05 | 2552058 slewie the pi-rat
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an article that makes sense!

send tyler moMoney, BiChez!   [chart porn to follow]

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:07 | 2552061 frenchie
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without croats and polish the german team would be doodoo...

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:09 | 2552067 Inthemix96
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Put 20 quid on greece.

Stuff the fucking reinland boys.  You dont get your pudding if you dont eat your meat.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:12 | 2552080 ekm
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Russia as 'giants in football'? Since when?

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:16 | 2552089 Levadiakos
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Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:29 | 2552142 Carl Spackler
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The people who are not Greek.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:39 | 2552170 walküre
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I won't. I cheer for Germany obviously.

But I can still differentiate between politicians, bankers and human beings.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:03 | 2552277 Levadiakos
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1-1  I can tell elitist asswipe monkeys from genuine people. Cheer for your prohibitive favorite

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:30 | 2552388 The Swedish Chef
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I couldn´t, bacause I actually like and watch soccer. I still remeber Euro 2004 and the fear that spread in the soccer world. Was Greek soccer the future of the sport? Boring, defensive and clearly aming at 0-0 and penalties...


No, thanks. You play to win.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:18 | 2552093 Rauhallinen
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Taxes, financial responsibility and organised defense in the football field.

Greeks seem to approach all three with the same attitude. Oh well, Germans seem to be willing to subsidise greeks in all three, so it all works out.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:19 | 2552096 BLOTTO
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That is odd...

Mario Gomez (3 goals)

Thomas Muller

and Lukas Podolski all on the bench?


Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:32 | 2552156 Carl Spackler
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Resting them for the Semi-Final...fresh legs will be an advantage.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:46 | 2552201 BLOTTO
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Thats a good point Carl...

Basically saying to the Greeks - 'Our team is so good, we can beat you with our second string subs'

I hope it fails for them...but its not looking good.



Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:22 | 2552113 BLOTTO
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The longer the game goes on nil - nil...


The better the chances for Greeks... Stifle the shit out of them.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:42 | 2552184 walküre
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The quicker this game ends, the better for everyone.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:24 | 2552119 Richard Whitney
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Monty Python put Epicurus on Greece during the post-game celebration. Epicurus played for Italy. His protege, Lucretius, was possibly the best player ever.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:25 | 2552125 SonOfSoros
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Betting on the Greeks winning is like buying Greek bonds. 

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:08 | 2552305 totem
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Had you gotten Stolper's note last night, you'd have bought Greek bonds this morning and hedged them with a bet on a Greek loss to Germany tonight.

While I don't understand, I just know it's a winner!


Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:33 | 2552158 Rauhallinen
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This must be what the finnish potical elite meant decade ago, when those fuckers said that Germans would keep Club Med honest, inflation at bay and that our Euro membership wouldn't cost us anything extra.

If I've understood correctly, and I most likely have, German win means that Greece will exit the EMU and that olive oil & feta will be free forever.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:42 | 2552189 pragmatic hobo
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Lets go MESS ... Lets go MESS ... Let's go MESS

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:43 | 2552190 constantine
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Damn, the Germans can play some futbal.  They don't just score goals, they create works of art.  So far in this game though they've missed all of their classy chances and finally put one in on what was really just uncharacteristically lazy Greek defense.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:48 | 2552215 RichardENixon
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Yes it's nice to see some wide open futbal for a change. I'm getting a little sick of that pitty pat shit the Spaniards play.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 15:55 | 2552238 John Law Lives
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The article accessible via the following link includes a photo of Angela Merkel that would be great for a William Banzai parody (imo):

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:01 | 2552269 constantine
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Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:01 | 2552272 Temporalist
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Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:01 | 2552273 lizzy36
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Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:02 | 2552275 SmoothCoolSmoke
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Ahhhh.....those Greeks.  Go Greece!

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:05 | 2552289 robertocarlos
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 A lazy German just let the Greeks score.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:10 | 2552304 magpie
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And Brazilian magic does it once again.

oops, i meant Germano-Tunesian

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:09 | 2552307 SmoothCoolSmoke
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What is that outfit Merkel has on?   Color looks like a Nazi officer's uniform.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:12 | 2552320 walküre
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Borrowed from Hitlary's army perhaps? The army of Lesbos? A Greek island where Darwin discovered Dildo birds and changed the course of female history forever? Sorry, I'm just a victim of public edumacation.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:08 | 2552309 walküre
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Angie cheered as if ESM and EFSF just found a couple trillion Euros under a rock.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:11 | 2552315 robertocarlos
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She needs a new wardrobe.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:13 | 2552323 magpie
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What is your real name, Herr Klose ? lol

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:16 | 2552336 Joe A
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3-1. No German bailout of Greece tonight ;-)

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:19 | 2552347 totem
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Greece team needs a bailout now!

Maybe Germany could lend them a few players for the rest of the game?

Greece promises to give them back.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:17 | 2552340 robertocarlos
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Oziel went down too easily.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:20 | 2552354 Joe A
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It is called a 'Schwalbe', a German speciality.

4-1 now, no need to rub it in.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:19 | 2552349 magpie
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Reus. Isn't that a country. 

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:20 | 2552351 slewie the pi-rat
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in breaking news, lizzy has named her pony: antonioSam

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:22 | 2552360 walküre
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WTF are the Greeks waiting for? A bailout???

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:24 | 2552367 uhb
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HAR HAR! 4:1! We germans RULE!

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:25 | 2552371 RichardENixon
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Oh Lord, not that again.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:26 | 2552375 Joe A
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No need to get master racy now...

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:41 | 2552429 magpie
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"Keiner musste Blut spucken"

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:43 | 2552437 uhb
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i didn't mean to... got carried away :) Anyway its just football, not world domination (sigh)

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:58 | 2552476 Joe A
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For me football -or any other ball game- is 22 grown up men chasing a ball and when they have it, they kick it away again. And afterwards they all shower together ;-)

I briefly watched it to see if this game would escalate or not but they all behaved like mature men. If only the politicians on this continent would behave as grown ups and take some mature decisions.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 17:17 | 2552519 magpie
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At least there isn't a "Du bist Deutschland" campaign running in Athens...

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:28 | 2552383 100pcDredge
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This is GOLD!


Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:39 | 2552424 Steve Brown
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And it's 4 - 2 to Germany!!

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:40 | 2552428 robertocarlos
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Consolation prize - A penalty shot and 900 billion Euros.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:41 | 2552431 Joe A
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Why were the Greek playing with a black ribbon on their arm? Who died? The economy died already and democracy died when Papademos was installed by the troika.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:49 | 2552441 robertocarlos
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A Greek World Cup or Euro Championship coach from 1980 died in the USA on Monday.  Panagoulias was 78.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:58 | 2552474 ImnotPOTUS
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This game was over before it started. Did anyone notice the Greek fans unferling thier flag upside down before the playing of the anthems?

Fate has a sense of humor.

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 17:38 | 2552566 ableman28
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In a startling late game turn of events Greece reversed their net, facing it away from the playing field, making German shots on goal impossible.  Despite referee intervention the net is still not facing the field even though play continues. At the moment the German coach is negotiating to have the net turned at least 90' to the field.  Greece is demanding the Germans play with a deflated ball in exchange.  This just in.......reports that only Germans were charged admission to watch the game have been confirmed!

Sat, 06/23/2012 - 01:16 | 2553196 Nout Wellink
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Greece has requested 10 million per football player from the EFSF/ESM, to pay them for this formidable piece of work against Germany in the quarter finals. It goes without saying that the Greek players deserve 5 times the pay out for German players winning the championship.

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