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!!!