Euro 2012 Quarterfinal No. 2 - Germany v Greece - Lineups and Game Thread

Something happened here. I can't remember what it was.

Germany (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer - Phillip Lahm, Holger Badstuber, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng - Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger - Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil, André Schürrle- Miroslav Klose

Greece ("4-4-2"): Michail Sifakis - Giorgios Tzavellas, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Vasilis Torosidis - Kostas Katsouranis, Giannis Maniatis, Grigoris Makos, Sotiris Ninis - Georgios Samaras, Dimitris Salpingidis

Chelsea Interests: Absolutely nothing. There is literally nothing in this game for the Chelsea supporter, unless you really think we're going to sign Schürrle, in which case, watch him.

At last, it's here! The Austerity Bowl! The main intrigue in this match is going to be the political tension currently happening between the two nations over the European economy. Don't fall for it. If you believe that Holger Badstuber and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are really facing off in a fierce debate about the finer points of economics, I've got a bridge you should check out.

In reality, the game is going to be, just like yesterday, about the clash of an Unstoppable Force and an Immovable Object, though instead of Cristiano Ronaldo v Petr Cech, this time it's the machine-like power of die Nationalelf against the [in]famous three buses of the Galanolefki. Just as yesterday, expect the Immovable Object to move before the Unstoppable Force is stopped. While this could be a thriller, it could just as easily be either an ugly display of attacking might or an ugly display of pragmatic toughness last seen in the Allianz Arena against a Bayern München team containing many of these same German players.

Side Bet: Is this the day German Man-beast Michael Ballack and Greek-American Ginger Wizard Alexi Lalas fight, or is it the day they decide to get it on?

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