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Europameisterschaft 2008

July 1, 2008
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The Europameisterschaft 2008 has come and gone and we were so busying enjoying it that I didn’t get a chance to blog about it. The European Championship, which is the equivalent to the World Cup but only with teams from Europe, was hosted by Austria and Switzerland. That put us right in the middle of the action!

Zurich was a host city, so they set up a Fanzone and Fanmile with several large screens to watch the games as well as lots of food booths meaning it was beer and sausages galore.

You could even get pizza in a cone:

Other fun things that were out and about:

Big screen at the Fanzone

Patriotic contacts...who buys these?

Monster-size statues of soccer players in the train station

Josh & Andy in front of the monster-size soccer player's shoe

Josh and I were lucky enough to win tickets to two games in the lottery in the spring of 2007. We won four tickets to a first round game and two tickets to a quarterfinal game.

The first round game we went to was Italy vs. Romania which was in Zurich. We gave the extra tickets to Andy, Josh’s brother who was visiting (see pizza in a cone picture above), and our Italy-loving friend, Roberto. It ended in a 1-1 tie but we did get to see an awesome PK save by Italy. It was right in front of us.

We watched several of the games at the Fanzone. It was packed every night and some crazy people even stayed around when it was raining pretty hard.

Our second game was the quarterfinal game of Germany vs. Portugal in Basel. Because Josh hates Ronaldo and I want to cut his hair and because we have several Germany-supporting friends, we decided to cheer for Germany. A guy we work with made Josh wear his lucky Germany jersey. Every time this jersey has been worn to a game, Germany has won. That was some pressure, but it worked!

Josh in Bernds lucky jersey

Josh in Bernd's lucky jersey

Lori in Bernds lucky jersey

Lori in Bernd's lucky jersey

German fans

For the final game, our friend Caleb had a cook-out before we all headed out to watch the game. My friend Sarah was in town then, so she got to experience all of the Euro excitement with us. It was an exciting final game with Spain becoming the Europameister 2008.

This whole thing was so much fun. There is no equivalent to this in the US. The closest thing we can come up with is if March Madness was a month long in two neighboring states and only happened every four years.

It’s kind of strange that it’s all over because everyone has been so excited for this for over a year. I’m really glad that we were here to experience it!

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  1. July 16, 2008 9:13 pm

    I could finally see the pictures! I love your Germany support in the jersey… hilarious. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun.

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