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Greece to meet Germany on the pitch this Friday

We here at FP love a good geopolitically portentous competition, which is why we’re pretty psyched to see Greece face off against Germany in a quarterfinal Euro 2012 match this Friday while "drachmail" continues to dominate the headlines: Captain Giorgos Karagounis, star of Greece’s legendary 2004 championship victors and scorer of Saturday’s winning goal, said ...

We here at FP love a good geopolitically portentous competition, which is why we’re pretty psyched to see Greece face off against Germany in a quarterfinal Euro 2012 match this Friday while "drachmail" continues to dominate the headlines:

Captain Giorgos Karagounis, star of Greece’s legendary 2004 championship victors and scorer of Saturday’s winning goal, said the country’s debt woes had encouraged the players to perform on the pitch. "When we left Greece, we all said, ‘Really give it everything,’" he told reporters. "We would have anyway, but the [hardship] made us fight more." Twitter was awash with jokes ahead of the piquant Friday showdown. "If Greece get Germany in the quarter-finals, will Angela Merkel try to tell the Greeks how many goals they have to concede?" wondered @Nndroid. 

Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly been the subject of what the Guardian calls "bellicose chants" at earlier games. Hopefully things won’t quite reach a Russia-Poland level of tension. 

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