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Euro 2012 Game Time Thread: Italy vs. Germany

You wish you were as cool as Andrea Pirlo.
You wish you were as cool as Andrea Pirlo.

Hey, remember the last time Germany and Italy faced off in the semifinals of a somewhat large tournament? You know, it was about six years ago. Anything coming to mind?

Yeah, that day was fun.

It's too bad Fabio Grosso — who, apparently, has spent his free time eating anything in sight — isn't around to curl one just inside the far post just one last time. Actually, now that I think of it, I don't know what he'd actually be able to do in his current physical state. Maybe we can get Federico Balzaretti to emulate the man he succeeded at Palermo?

I dunno, though. I don't know if I can handle another 120-plus minutes of footy like we had on Sunday. Don't tell my doctor this is why I might have heart problems at my next checkup. That would be great, you guys.

But hey, that's what we gotta do, right?


Italy XI (4-3-1-2/4-1-3-2): Buffon; Balzaretti, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Marchisio, Pirlo, De Rossi; Montolivo; Cassano, Balotelli

Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer; J Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm; Khedira, Schweinsteiger; Podolski, Ozil, Kroos; Gomez