Saturday, June 23, 2012

Column: A very logical Greek tragedy at Euro 2012 | Sports | The Seattle Times

Column: A very logical Greek tragedy at Euro 2012 | Sports | The Seattle Times 
DONETSK, Ukraine - A double bill of German strength and Greek tragedy. Two for the price of one.
Soccer's gods clearly speak German. Because if they had a heart, Greece, not Germany, would have won the quarterfinal Friday at Euro 2012 - for sympathy reasons, alone.
The bottom has fallen out of the Greek economy. More than one in five Greeks are out of work. They are miserable and surviving on rescue loans from other European countries and the International Monetary Fund. So a short-lived jolt of joy could have done Greece some good.
Plus, the opponent, Germany, is the same country that has been pushing for Greece to get its finances in order and severely tighten its belt in return for bailouts. In short, this was a bit like the Greeks going toe-to-toe with their strict, no-nonsense bank manager.
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