Ouch! This was not the game that we were all expecting. Where was the German team I have been watching?!?
You know, I think that the German team was actually doing better with Michael Ballack missing. I honestly think that was a plus (by subtraction)... until today that is.
Then I thought that maybe people were making too much of Thomas Muller but I think that Der Mannschaft was not the same with him sitting in the stands.
The Germans tried to change things around by subbing out Boateng and Piotr Trochowski but I think those were the wrong players to switch. It should have been Klose and Podolski for Cacauand Gomez. Putting Kroos in was a good choice.
What is interesting is that Germany was the 'Cinderella team' this year. In four years they will be one of the favourites. This is a team to watch in Euro-Cup in two years!
The Spanish team is one made up of superstars, and those stars lost to Switzerland and struggled in every one of their games... until today.
This game was all Spain's and the score could've been 3-0 or even more lopsided for La Furia Roja. Well the one thing that I am very happy for is that we are going to have a brand-new, World Cup champion and both sides are very deserving, now and in their past appearances as well.
Paul the German Octopus correctly predicted this outcome and it is a little weird. Just a side point here but he does have a pretty good record.
Now here is an idea that I just want to throw out there (but it may be nice if it gets to FIFA). I, personally, think that is weird that losing teams immediately head home. I mean, in the Olympics, everyone stays for the closing ceremonies. It is also no shame that one country loses to another one because all 32 teams have had years of qualifying and they are all deserving of winning although so many nationalities feel it is a disgrace unless they win every game but a wide margin.
My thought is that if the teams and coaches would stay until the final, there could be a further game made up of 'dream-teams and coaches'. This would add some pure fun and camaraderie to the whole thing, (money for FIFA and the hosts) and it would prevent "losers" from having to sneak home. They could wait until everyone is laughing again and the heat is off.
Well it is going to be very nice to see either Spain or Holland win this whole thing and they both deserve it.