Posted: 6/25/2008


   Well, yet another cliffhanger as the lions of Bavaria slayed Saladin and his Turkish forces, long after the Crusades of the 13th Century

 All three German goals from Bayern Munchen players, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Philipp Lahm against a plucky never say die opponent who gained a great deal of respect around Europe and the World. Die Mannshaft -THE TEAM: Germany will be in their 6th EURO Final on Sunday in Vienna, and 13th major final including World Cups.

    Turkey, with 8 players out injured or suspended had only led for 2 minutes in their last 4 matches but took this match to their opponents and deservedly took the lead after 22 minutes from Ugur  Boral after Kazim had struck the bar and Jens Lehmann had fumbled the second shot.

    Five minues later it was all level with a typical Lukas Podolski run on the left and a perfect centre for Bastian Schweinsteiger to direct it into goal with his right foot.  Miroslav Klose's magnificant high and mighty header past 35 year old Rusti Recbec who punched thin air, seemed to be the winner in minute 79,, but the Turks would not give up, equalised 2-2 through Semih Senturk and it seemed extra time was upon us.   Then in the 90th minute the former Aston Villa and now VfB Stuttgart player, Thomas Hitzlsperger sent a pin point pass for Philipp Lahm and that made the winner and 3 goals from Bayern Munich team mates. 

   Three times the TV screens went blank around the world as a big storm hit the Vienna area,where the TV control is situated. It's an embarrassment for UEFA who were actually the producers of EURO 2008 TV, not trusting the abilities of the host nations.They have promised to install a stand by gasoline powered reserve generator in case of another power black out on Sunday for the final.

     It was bad weather again in Vienna for Spain vs Russia where the skill of the Spaniards led to an easy 3-0 victory. Lots of tickets on sale pre match. My friend paid 80 Euros for a 180 Euro ticket. I didn't go at the last minute in order to visit a training session at an up and coming Bavarian club.  We did go south to Lake Garda in Italy  over the Brenner Pass for an overnight stay at Peschierra del Garda and visited a  brand new training site. All the small lake side towns are very special with cascades of flowers, lake side cafes and magnificent swans, but Peschierra with it Hapsburg fortifications and easy access with a rail station on the Milano-Verona-Venice line is the biggest, and most cosmopolitan.