Sunday, June 29, 2008

Germany in Euro 08 - Final thought

Germany had summarized the tournament with a 1-0 defeat against Spain last night. It can be said all the efforts previously were wasted. As a hardcore Germany fan I was pretty upset, coz it was just a little step away from the trophy. Just a little step and we have to wait another 2 years to witness Germany to win another major trophy - World Cup. However, I feel really proud of the players as they told the world that Germany is a major power in the world football. OK, Here's my final thought of Germany in Euro 08:

Defence: Generally the defence was very inconsistent. Sometimes they had a very solid defence but sometimes they lost the goal cheaply. This was becoz the players were lack of form in club football. Apart from Per Mertesacker, Christoph Metzelder, Arne Friedrich, Philipp Lahm, and Jens Lehmann did not gain the solid form in their clubs. Metzelder and Lehmann were even the substutite players in Real Madrid and Arsenal respectively. So their performance even was solid, as they did not gain the consistent form, it was very often to see they lost the possession and created dangers in their own zone. Heiko Westermann is a good solution to the German defence in the future. Schalke 04 can provide him a stable and competitive environment for him to grow. As things go smoothly, I believe Westermann will be the most important member in the Germany squad.

Midfield: The midfield were very competent in the tournament. It was the key to lead the team into the final. The match against Portugal could prove that the German midfield were controlling how the whole team worked in the match. The Spanish could successfully made the German midfield suffocate so when Germans wanted to equalize the match, it was simply very hard for them. Torsten Frings and Michael Ballack did a very good job. They had limited lots of spaces against the opposition and controlled the midfield. However, they did not have any way out to fight back the high quality Spanish ball possession. Simon Rolfes did a very great job in the Portugal match. As expected from myself personally, he will be the most important in the German midfield in the future. All he needs is the big match experience. When he gain enough match experience, he can even replace Ballack in terms of the importance of the team.

Attack: The attack in this tournament was better than Euro 2004. Same as World Cup 2006, the attack had variety so that the Germans could score goals against the opponents. Lukas Podolski did a very good job in this tournament. It was quite a surprise that he did the remarkable job in the left flank. Having this new role, the German attack has more variety in terms of ball possession and counter attacks. Bastian Schweinsteiger also proved himself that Bayern Munich should have play him more. His role in right flank made a chemical reaction with Podolski and Miroslav Klose. Even though Germans played 1 striker in the final stage, their attack was still threatening. Mario Gomez needed more time to adept the big match environment. He was not really get used to play in a such big matches. Even I'm in a million miles away from him, I feel that he was really stressed.

Bench: The bench was definitely the weakest link in the tournament. There were only 16 players at most that could deliver in the match, which meant there were 7 players were totally wasted!!! I believe this is the main reason why Germans were defeated in the end. This was becoz the bench players couldn't support the starters when they were in trouble. As fans could all see the bench players were totally useless when they were substituted in the field. Marko Marin could be the very good bench player in the future. Same as Rolfes, Marin needs more experience. I believe this is the most urgent problem that the Germans need to solve, as we know bench power is the real factor to control the match.

Overall: I'm very happy to see how the Germans perform, and I'm proud of those players. One very good thing is they have the fighting spirit. Their fighting spirit carried them through to the final but unfortunately couldn't bring them to the trophy. I do hope that the Germans can keep this fighting spirit every match and I do believe they can win the World Cup 2010!!

Personal sharing: So much to say, simply speaking thank you all of the supports of the match gathering event during this month. I'm very happy to be with you guys there. We shared ups and downs in this month and this is very unforgettable for me. I'm also gad that we have created a network to support our favourite team. I won't be walking alone coz I know you fans are always walking with me. We also showed that all Germany fans are sticking together tight and support our team wholeheartedly. Maybe 20 years later I will forget how Germany lost to Spain, but I won't forget the moment we together had. This is the most memorable moment in my life and once again, thank you all!!!!!!!!

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