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June 8, 2008

Euro 2008 Open Thread/Liveblog: Germany v. Poland


ESPN’s leadup to the Germany-Poland match is bound to have many WWII references. It’s easy. I’ve done it and everybody else will as well. Plus, I don’t think either country will forget. The fans have already caused trouble, clashing last night with 7 arrested in Klagenfurt, Austria as the opposing fans got a bit rowdy.

As ESPN’s Andy Gray, astutely pointed out, there really isn’t much of a football rivalry between the two countries. Germany is better and manages to steal Poland’s best players (see Klose, Miroslav; Podolski, Lucas). That said, Poland is bound to put up a good fight.

Lineups after the jump…plus some pictures…

Interesting note, there are 13 Polish players starting this match.

Poland


Germany’s Stolen Poles

(G) Artur Boruc 1
(D) Jacek Bak 6
(D) Michal Zewlakow 14
(D) M. Wasilewski 13
(D) Pawel Golanski 4
(M) Jacek Krzynowek 8
(M) Maciej Zurawski 9
(M) M. Lewandowski 18
(M) Dariusz Dudka 5
(M) W. Lobodzinski 17
(F) Ebi Smolarek 7

Germany


Noch ein Bier, bitte.

1 Jens Lehmann (G)
21 C. Metzelder (D)
16 Philip Lahm (D)
4 Clemens Fritz (D)
17 Per Mertesacker (D)
2 Marcell Jansen (D)
8 Torsten Frings (M)
13 Michael Ballack (M)
11 Miroslav Klose (F)
20 Lukas Podolski (F)
9 Mario Gomez (F)

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Full Time Podolski proves too much for Poland as the only German Forward who can put the ball on frame. Klose and Gomez had their chances as well, but could not shoot. Lehmann, who had his gaffes, kept everything in front of him today.

72.00 Goal Yes, Podolski scored. Poland fails to clear, Klose whiffs, Podolski knocks it top corner. Game over. Germany 2-0

72.00Podolski scored? ESPN’s feed is horrible.

64.00 Schweinsteiger, showing off his “Guy from Everclear” look, gets a Yellow card. My wife says the Polish guy flopped.

60.00 I was right about someone going after Podolski. Lewandowski takes a yellow card for the effort

51.00 Going to be less active this half–family obligations and what not.

46.00 Second half starts.

Half-Time Germany are deservedly in the lead, and should have at least one more in their total. Poland looked much better over the last ten minutes, pushing the Germans back into their own half. Lehmann looks so very rusty, and Boruc has yet to screw anything up. Hopefully, there will be a lively second half to look forward to.

45 +1 Podolski takes a hard foul, runs at the defender to yell at him, gets told by the ref to quit it, walks away, and falls down. Tosser.

45.00 1 minute of added time to came.

43.00 Poland are playing with possession right now, but are not pressing the German back line.

41.00 Trooper, you can come back. I was just kidding.

39.00 Yellow Card Smolarek receives a scare after the ref initially takes out the red card for him. Hard foul on Mertesacker the reason.

37.00 Beenhakker looks like he’s right out of Poltergeist. Oh, and Germany miss another good chance by not putting the ball on frame.

35.00 Poland are brightening up and starting to play. Zurawski had an open shot from 15 after Lobodzinski squirmed free on the right, but he duffed it.

33.00 Game really being played in midfield for the last few minutes.

30.00 Germany are choking off the game in the back, content with the game as it stands.

28.00 Decent attempt form the right for Poland. Lobodzinski’s shot smothered by Lehmann.

26.00 Germany stream forward, and Fritz’s cross gets tipped out for a corner. Podolski takes the corner and kicks to no one.

24.00 Yes, PR, me too.

23.00 Thanks to Trooper for doing my job in the comments.

20.00 GOAL As I was writing that the game had slowed, Germany does a mirror image of Gomez’s miss. Klose gets in behind again, and passes to Podolski for the easy tap-in. 1-0 Germany

14.00 Lehmann really looks out of it, doesn’t he?

13.00 Yes, Germany’s looking pretty strong. I’m surprised there haven’t been more hard fouls from Poland. The Poles look rather meek out there.

10.00 Podolski dives, looking for a free kick right outside the box. Why wasn’t his head in that photo?

09.00 Polish cross not met correctly in front of the net. Good chance goes begging.

08.00 Poland are playing a really high line, and Germany are attacking it with both Forwards and Midfielders looking for long balls through. That does not bode well for the Poles.

06.00 Gomez was offside the whole time. The question is whether the ref would have called it.

04.00 Mario Gomez misses an open net on a pass from Klose. Poland’s defense was nowhere to be found.

03.00 Poland look bright early, but Germany’s defense isn’t allowing any breakthroughs. And then a couple of hard Polish fouls on Germany.

1.00 Krzynowek just went over from 18 after Jens spilled the ball. Really trying to make Wenger miss him, huh?

Kick-off 4-5-1 for the Poles. Not much chance that they are really trying to outscore Germany tonight.

Kick-off Croatia did not look that good today, did they? England fans have to feel even worse after that display. Oh, and to The Fan’s Attic, that is my favorite German picture ever. Thank you.

-05.00 ü75 here, UF’s resident Polack to guide you through this game for as long as I can hold out. Being at the beach will put a crimp in how long I can go, but until then, here I am.



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36 Comments


  1. Precious Roy

    Didn’t the 21st-and-slipping ranked US just bitchslap Poland in Poland? Guessing it’s 12-0-4 for die Germans after today. That said, the Poles could at least make it a bloody defeat.


  2. ü75

    This is about to be a liveblog/open thread as long as I can hold out.


  3. The Fan's Attic

    that would be a yes for each female featured in the photos.


  4. Precious Roy

    Oh wait… I forgot Jens was in goal. Polands chances just increased exponentially.


  5. The Fan's Attic

    which photo? the first or third? because, i am having trouble choosing.


  6. ü75

    The bottom one.


  7. Precious Roy

    1 minute, 1 bad decision by Lehmann.


  8. jjf3

    Welcome to today’s matinee showing of “there will be blood”…


  9. Trooper

    OMFG!! How did he miss there?!?!
    http://www.troopersblog.blogspot.com


  10. Nick

    hello there, jens. haven’t changed much since blackburn last fall, have you?


  11. The Fan's Attic

    when the germans look like the spanish in their possession and passing, you know things are not going to go well.


  12. Trooper

    Hey what’s that supposed to mean? Spain rocks! lol..
    lehmann makin a mess of himself..


  13. Precious Roy

    Well they do have a Mario Gomez.


  14. The Fan's Attic

    Mr. Clean is Euro ref?


  15. Trooper

    Germany really turning it on..


  16. The Fan's Attic

    i’m saying one of two things: either poland is making germany look good or germany has added a new weapon to its arsenal.

    i’m going with the latter.


  17. The Fan's Attic

    Podolski is an international asassin.


  18. Trooper

    Finally.. Klose gets behind the defence, feeds Podolski, who doesnt do a Gomez but finished calmly.. 1-0 to Germany!


  19. Precious Roy

    I would enjoy punching Podolski in the face and I’m not even Polish.


  20. Nick

    they don’t even look excited. emotion isn’t allowed in Deutschland, aparently.


  21. The Fan's Attic

    his s**t or his shot? which one was smothered? the readers want to know.


  22. ü75

    Dammit. I fixed that in 15 seconds.


  23. The Fan's Attic

    podolski is playing really well. i bet bayern is pissed.


  24. ü75

    Well, he’s rested.


  25. The Fan's Attic

    that little polish effort was the result of the spirit of john paul II.


  26. Nick

    unfortunately for poland, the current pope has slightly more spiritual power than dead ones.


  27. Trooper

    podolski looks in some discomfort


  28. The Fan's Attic

    plus, he roots for the germans.

    well, podolski didn’t get a punch in the face, but he did get a boot in his marble pouch.


  29. ü75

    Liveblogging is much harder when you don’t have a DVR to back up and watch what happened. These ESPN highlights aren’t helping.


  30. The Fan's Attic

    any chance we can get ESPN Axis for our blog? a widget application or something? because, that is actually pretty damn cool.


  31. Trooper

    What do we expect in the second half?
    http://www.troopersblog.blogspot.com


  32. ü75

    Another German goal. Someone else takes a run at Podolski. Anything else, fellas?


  33. Nick

    you’re forgetting the lehmann blunder that poland can’t punish.


  34. sven

    So, Podolski was available for loan last season (City? Really?), is a striker who can play on the left flank?

    Get this man to Anfield.

    (Along with Phil Lahm)


  35. The Fan's Attic

    sven: you forget, the english are uneasy with germans firing in the country.


  36. Mike Georger

    there have been rumors about that sven, i wouldnt be too shocked. with crouch and voronin leaving there has to be another striker incoming.

    while i picked podolksi to win the golden boot, i also picked poland to draw this game.
    f**k.



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