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I thought already in dodo's Euro 2008 knockout stage we have made our forecasts. However, of course with partially the wrong teams.

Germany - Turkey
Russia  - Spain

The first should be rather clear. Turkey has big problems with both injured and barred players. Additionally already in the  past games, they were lucky. Therefore Germany will win.
I think Loew will stick to the 4-2-3-1 system, but as a 4-4-2 should work, too, I would suggest to switch, if Turkey should make the first goal. One might think about taking Borowski on the right side instead of Fritz compared to the Portugal game, which might be a little bit more offensive variant.

I have not seen any game Russia completely so far. But others told me, they were quite impressed. In any case it won't be 4-1 again as in the group phase. Spain was already very nervous against Italy. I guess the two a bit similar teams will neutralise each other this time, and we are going to see another penalty shoot-out. In this case I think the Spanish team has the better nerves and will win the game.

Der Amerikaner ist die Orchidee unter den Menschen
Volker Pispers

by Martin (weiser.mensch(at)googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 at 04:05:22 PM EST
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