Angela Merkel is delighted to make her first ever appearance on OAM.
Yesterday's match was surprisingly decent, so here's an open thread for your enjoyment of the second Euro 2012 quarterfinal, the Eurozone Crisis grudgematch between Germany and Greece.
The Germans cleaned up in Group B, winning all three matches for the first time in their history at the European Championships. Greece squeaked through by beating Russia in their final group match, only the second time they've ever made it out of the group in four appearances at the Euros. The only other time the Greeks have gotten past the first phase was 2004, when they won the tournament against hosts Portugal.
Reputable sources (not just Bild) are reporting that Germany will go with Miroslav Klose, Andre Schürrle, and Marco Reus, in place of Mario Gómez, Lukas Podolski, and Thomas Müller. Radical switches by Löw if true -- and they have been confirmed.
Greece (4-4-2?): Michalis Sifakis; Vasilis Torosidis, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Sokratis Papastathopolous, Giorgios Tzavellas; Grigoris Makos, Ioannis Maniatis, Kostas Katsouranis, Sotiris Ninis; Dimitris Salpingidis, Georgios Samaras.
May the nation with the best balance of trade win.