Jun 22, 2012 6:24pm
Political Football: Germany Ousts Greece From Euro Soccer ChampionshipGreece found itself in a familiar position today — pinned under German boot heels — but this time the venue was a soccer field and not a eurozone boardroom. Germany’s national soccer team beat the Greeks handily, 4-1, in their quarter-final match at the European Championships in Gdansk, Poland, with Chancellor Angela Merkel whooping it up in the crowd after each of countrymen’s goals.
Newspapers around the world had spent the past four days chewing up the delicious storyline. “Rejoice, dear Greeks,” wrote Germany’s unrepentant Bild newspaper, “your bankruptcy on Friday is on us!”
“Bring us Merkel,” read a headline in Greece’s Goal News, “You will never get Greece out of the euro.”
Players from both sides downplayed the political angle, with Greek striker Georgios Samaras, who scored his side’s only goal, calling the subplot “a bad thing.” He said his team was “going to play and enjoy it because we love it, nothing else.”