Wednesday, June 25, 2008

the footy - you can run, but you can't hide

Soccer, football, Fußball, footy - whatever you want to call it, it's all there is in Germany right now.

Even if you never turn on your TV during the Euro 2008, you'll see fans everywhere sporting t-shirts, face paint and funny hats, their cars are adorned with at least one flag. This is a BIG deal.

Mr. M isn't really one for football, and our kids seems to have inherited our "no sports" genes, but Boy12 likes to run with the in crowd, so last Friday evening he invited three of his best pals over for a "EM Party" to watch the Croatia vs. Turkey game.

They plowed through all the snacks...

...but still left room for the football cake

...and two of the little guys stayed over night. I swear none of them got a wink of sleep. I've never heard boys talk so much.

Turkey's victory last Friday and Germany's win over Portugal the night before meant that Germany would be up against Turkey in the semi-finals. That game takes place tonight and the city is just hopping. There are over 1.7 million Turkish citizens living in Germany, 20,000 of them are registered in Hannover alone. Two public viewing screens have been set up downtown to accomodate the huge numbers of fans that are expected to turn out for this event and everyone's hoping for a relatively peaceful celebration no matter who wins. You won't find us there, though. We prefer to stay home and watch the action from the comfort and safety of our boring old living room.

May the best team win!

And...GERMANY WINS 3:2!!!

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At June 25, 2008 2:24 p.m., Blogger Lynda said...

Mr Dear German Husband is like a kid in a candy store... all social invites have to be vetted to fit in around the games..

At June 25, 2008 2:33 p.m., Blogger swenglishexpat said...

Christina - I can see you that you have refined the art of preparation. That's what matters. And may the best team win!

At June 25, 2008 3:00 p.m., Blogger christina said...

lynda - Oh yes, we must not let anything get in the way of the footy!

swenglishexpat - we're ready for anything!

At June 25, 2008 4:48 p.m., Blogger Andrea said...

I'm not a fußball fan in the slightest but I will now be prepared for the horns and yelling when the game ends about midnight!

As always, you are the most snack and food prepared person :) I've ever seen. Love the little flags.

At June 25, 2008 6:06 p.m., Blogger Rositta said...

I've got my German flag for the car, the game starts in a couple of hours and I hope they win. Great food you have there, yum...ciao

At June 25, 2008 6:07 p.m., Blogger Silvia said...

The "public viewing screens" cracked me up since I read somewhere else that this is not the proper translation in Germany for the screens beeing set uo downtown or in a "Wirtschaft" for the fans to watch the game!:)

At June 25, 2008 6:18 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Andrea - Yep, we're also prepared for a lot of noise and I can imagine it will go on all night at this stage in the championship.

rositta - I think they have a good chance of winning - they played so well in their last game, but Turkey is also a good team.

Silvia - I read that too - I never thought about it much until now, but yes, "public viewing" is usually meant to mean looking at a body at a funeral. Did you see that suggestion to call it Rudelgucken or Gruppenglotzen instead?:-)

At June 25, 2008 6:47 p.m., Blogger The Big Finn said...

I'm thinking that a good percentage of the German population is in Basel RIGHT NOW!

I think I'm just going to keep hiding out here in the 'burbs.

At June 25, 2008 6:49 p.m., Blogger christina said...

TBF - Those that could get there probably are. People are going NUTS. I really hope nothing serious happens downtown tonight.

Hope y'all stay safe!

At June 25, 2008 6:57 p.m., Blogger Regina said...

Could I come over even now? Your are pretty well prepared (I love your cake!)and I have to watch the game alone at home tonight!

Bye the way, you are a real expert on football!!

At June 25, 2008 7:10 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

ONGRATULATIONS, Christina! And GO, GERMANY! You know I'm rooting for you, I don't care what anyone else says! :) Too bad Holland didn't win against Russia, though. :(

At June 25, 2008 7:31 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I had to go through the masses today! The town was packed with German and Turkish shirts, flags and whatever else. I'm just glad I made it home safely. It was peaceful, but VERY crowded (not as much as when the Oranje played, though)

We'll be watching in the comfort of our home, too. And BBQ-ing :))

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At June 25, 2008 9:36 p.m., Blogger Rositta said...

Right now their tied, I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Christina, we actually can watch it on tv and I rushed home from my errand see this game....ciao

At June 25, 2008 10:30 p.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

We're watching the game now. Thank God, only a few minutes to go. Please.

FFS! Turkey just equalised as I typed that. Extra time.

(Live blog commenting!)

At June 25, 2008 10:51 p.m., Blogger christina said...

regina - Any time! That was a pretty exciting game, wasn't it?

ginnie - Another win! I can't believe it. I thought it was really too bad about the Netherlands - they played so well.

CanSwiss - They said there are about 100,000 Germans in Basel right now so it's going to be crazy all night, I guess.

rositta - Hope you're drinking champagne now! :-)

ms mac - German TV konked out in the middle so they had to send the pics from Swiss TV near the end. What a game, eh?

At June 25, 2008 11:01 p.m., Anonymous amy said...

i was just following online at my desk while i ate a tuna sandwich here in Portland - looked like a good game! i can watch the real thing on the tv at home tonight...

love the cake!!

At June 25, 2008 11:30 p.m., Blogger Rositta said...

The power conked out three times and it was blamed on a lightening strike so I missed the most exciting last goal. Did see it on re run though, way to go Germany...ciao
Having a drink for my papa.

At June 26, 2008 6:06 a.m., Blogger dieMutti said...

I'm kind of glad I watched it over here in the states where most people don't even know that Fußball is ON television :) Definitely don't miss the chaos, but I LOVED the win!

At June 26, 2008 7:18 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

Non sequitur alert: Man, I miss the orange Fanta in Europe. It tastes completely different here. (Way too syrupy sweet.) Probably a good thing, or I'd drink three a day.

At June 27, 2008 9:00 a.m., Blogger christina said...

amy - It was a pretty good game near the end.

rositta - Yeah, the blackouts were world-wide but Germany was quickly able to switch over to Swiss TV coverage so Germany and Switzerland were the only ones able to see the goal live. Some people got a little cranky about that. :-)

die mutti - Yes, it can get a little crazy. You don't find too many soccer fans in the U.S. but I do know a couple of fanatics who would have given anything to be there live.

Angie - Really? I rarely drink it so I guess I never noticed the difference. When we were in Spain I remember drinking a TON of Fanta orange and lemon.

At June 29, 2008 3:09 a.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Oh I've been hearing about the scores.. Now Germany vs Spain.. PRetty cool!


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