Euro 2012: Can Greece Pull Off The Stunning Upset?

By Paul Troupe

Germany is off to another strong start after the group stage has been completed at Euro 2012. Having won all three matches for the first time at the European Championships, Die Mannschaft is looking to end a 16 year title draught.

Greece enters the second semifinal using their same, defense heavy strategy that propelled them to a championship in 2004 over Portugal. This game has many implications on the line.

None may be bigger than the political battles. To keep it short and sweet, Germany is forcing heavy cutbacks in the Greek financial sector in exchange for bailout money. Let’s just say the response has been less than pleasing. However, this is a whole different debate and will not be covered here.

This game is one of two very different clashing styles. Germany can play many different ways, but one they will play tomorrow is possession. Greece is going to allow them to possess the ball for long stretches at a time, and it would not be surprising to see the Germans end the game with over 65% time of possession.

Holland tried a similar technique, and the Germans thrived on individual match ups against the Dutch back four. We could see Greece with as many as ten men in the box at times. How much room can Germany find then?

Greece will try to spring a counter attack at the back four of Germany, who have had their less than stellar moments so far at Euro’s. Manuel Neuer has been excellent for Germany, however, and it will take a stellar attempt to beat him.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been threading passes all over the field, and will continue to do the same tomorrow against Greece. The Germans will put up a lot of shots, but the score line will not be as indicative of how much Germany will dominate this game.

Greece will have brought hope back to their people back home, but once again will fall to a better side.

Paul Troupe is the lead writer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and San Antonio Spurs, while covering many major sports for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter @gamin4HIM

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