- Title: GERMANY: Germans determined to "grab the trophy" in Euro 2008 final
- Date: 29th June 2008
- Summary: (W2) BERLIN, GERMANY (JUNE 29, 2008) (REUTERS) COUPLE CYCLING PAST LARGE VIDEO SCREEEN PUT UP AT BRANDENBURG GATE VIDEO SCREEN FORKLIFT MOVING CRATES WITH BEVERAGES PAN ACROSS EMPTY FAN ZONE ON "STRASSE DE 17. JUNI" BOULEVARD WHERE HALF A MILLION SOCCER FANS ARE EXPECTED LATER ON SUNDAY OFFICIALS WALKING BEHIND CRASH BARRIERS (SOUNDBITE) (German) SCHALLA (NO LAST NAME GIVEN), GERMANY FAN SAYING: "I hope Germany (will win). But unfortunately I'm not so sure. (Q: you mean Spain is playing better?) That could happen." TRAVELLERS WALKING PAST IN BERLIN'S MAIN TRAIN STATION (SOUNDBITE) (German) JOACHIM NEUBICH, GERMANY FAN SAYING: "After what we saw on television it's not looking too good (for Ballack). It's his old calf injury again which he had before. But oh well, they have an excellent team doctor and they will definitely be able to fix him again." TRAVELLERS WALKING PAST IN MAIN STATION (SOUNDBITE) (German) TOM GRUBER, GERMANY FAN SAYING: "We are still going to make it (despite Ballack's injury)." (Q: why?) "We have enough other good players. We have so many good players: there is (Miroslav) Klose, (Jens) Lehmann is in the goal. He did so well the whole time and he will do it again, especially now!"
- Embargoed: 14th July 2008 13:00
- Location: Germany
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA2WM61UB1E8L1EBE986L21DI0U
- Story Text: Hours before Germany played Spain in the Euro 2008 final which half a million people were expected to follow from a public viewing fan zone in Berlin, a whole nation was determined to "grab the trophy," as one paper put it.
Germany was determined to "grab the trophy" later on Sunday (June 29) when half a million people were expected to watch the Euro 2008 final against Spain from a huge public viewing fan zone in Berlin.
Several large video screens have been put up near Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate and along Strasse des 17. Juni boulevard where organisers believe 500,000 soccer fans will watch the game which kicks off at 8:45 p.m.
(1845 GMT) in the Austrian capital Vienna.
German newspaper headlines on Sunday morning said "We stand behind you" and "We will still grab the trophy" in reference to Germany capatain Michael Ballack who is struggling to overcome a calf muscle strain.
If his right calf muscle fails to respond to treatment quickly enough he will miss the chance to play in a major final for his country.
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