European Football Championship 2012
This year we are eagerly awaiting two major sporting events: The Olympic Games in London AND the European Football Championship! This time it will be held in Poland and the Ukraine from 8th June to 1st July 2012, just before the Olympic Games. There will be 16 European teams competing against each other and I’m sure it will be just as exciting as the Olympic Games, especially for all football fans amongst us!
As a German I will be closely watching the German performance and support “my” team. There are some very talented young footballers in the German squad- Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, Andre Schürrle, Holger Badstuber, Marco Reus- to name just a few. The German team, currently coached by Joachim Löw, has won the Euro cup three times (1972, 1980 and 1996) and is keen to play well this year, too. England will also be participating in the competition and play against countries like France, Ukraine and Sweden (Group D), while Germany will be looking at opponents such as Portugal, Denmark and the Netherlands (Group B). Most important, I hope to see a lot of thrilling games as well as fair play and hope that the strongest team will win in the end. Football is very popular in Germany, so in the four weeks in June many people will meet in public places and beer gardens to watch a number of games on big screens (public outdoor screenings), like they did back in 2006 when the world cup was held in Germany. Let’s hope for nice weather!