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It’s being bandied about as a sure classic, one for the ages, and a semi-final fit for a final – let’s hope the match today between Germany and Spain lives up to expectations.

Spain v. Germany

Spain has been a shadow of the team that wowed in Euro 2008, while the Germans have played the most exciting football of the tournament so far.  This is a rematch between the two teams who vied for the 2008 Euro cup, a game where Fernando Torres scored the winner in a 1-0 Spain victory.  It’s unlikely that Torres will repeat his heroics this time around, as he is still not in full form following surgery earlier this year, and he may not even see action in this game.  His participation will largely depend on the quality of Cesc Fabregas, who has leg and/or shoulder issues, depending on what report you are reading.  The Spanish side is much better with Fabregas creating space and delivering to his forwards than with a subpar Torres, who has yet to play a full game in South Africa.  Also of some question is the availability of Carles Puyol who may not be fit enough to display his regular world-class defence.  This could be a key factor in how Spain fares in this game, as their reknown ball control game has been lacking but their defence has been stellar up to this point in the tournament.  Goal scoring duties fall to David Villa – he shares the goal scoring lead with 5 goals to this point, and it’s a safe bet that if and when Spain hits the scoreboard Villa’s name will be mentioned.

The Germans have played some decent defence of their own, allowing only 1 goal so far in 5 games.  Captain Lamb has the duty of guarding Villa, and he’s likely game for the challenge.  Germany has surprised many getting this far and in such good form, astounding even the truest of German supporters, playing a fast-paced attacking style, with their best chances coming on the counter-attack.  The emergence of youngsters Oezil and Muller have the Germans feeling confident coming into this game, although they will be without the 20 yr.old Muller and his four goals due to yellow cards.  It remains to be seen if Germany can overcome this loss, but they’re hardly without goal scoring ability with big game players Klose and Podolski ready to step up.

The bet shops have Spain as a slight favorite, which given recent form I can’t quite understand.  The talk is that Spain has faced defensive minded teams only so far and that they are ready to break out against Germany, but the Germans skill and speed on the backend is underestimated in this regard.  I do agree that this game will come down to ball control versus counter attack, and I’ve seen much more of the latter from Germany than I have the former of Spain.  I see Villa and Klose hitting the back of the net today, and the match does live up to it’s hype.  Despite making it as far as any Spanish team has before this is where it all ends for captain/keeper Iker Casillas’ team.

FINAL – Germany 3 Spain 2
FLEAROY – Germany 2 Spain 0 – Calling it early, Germany will win their fourth World Cup title to tie the Italians. The next World Cup in 2014, Brazil will win their sixth as the host country. So everyone can pack it up and go home World Cup is over and you know who wins.
MR. ERICA – is camped outside some Spanish bar hoping for a seat near the rear exit.

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