Greece vs. Germany On Field and Off

Friday, June 22, 2012

Head coach Fernando Santos of Greece during a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final match against Germany. (Joern Pollex/Getty)

In the Euro Cup soccer tournament today, Greece plays Germany in a big quarterfinal matchup. The game takes place in the context of tensions between the two countries over the European debt crisis. Martin Rauchbauer, Director of Deutsches Haus at NYU and Dimitris Filippidis, program director at Hellas FM discuss what's at stake in the game, what's at stake in their economies, and the ties between the two countries.

Greek-Americans, German-Americans -- are you watching today's match? What do you make of the state of relations between the two countries, and will the game help or hurt? The phones are open! 212-433-9692 or comment below.

Comments [6]

Jeannie Kouros

I know there are many emotions between Greece and Germany however this is a game and even if we won it still was a game. Second it is important to have various people playing who together represent Germany. Third when all the games finish Germany will start getting ready for the next time around. Let's not forget Germany is a great team and as the underdog we did pretty well. However, instead of blaming why not get better and win the next time around. I am talking about the game because that's what it was. As far as our situation is concerned less talk with emotions less blame and more wore as a team and we can move mountains if only we let go of our egos and practice what taught to the world.

Jun. 23 2012 12:21 PM

@ sheldon yes greece hired a german coach , but gremany has 20 non german players!!does this tell you sdomething?

Jun. 22 2012 01:05 PM
Vikentios Malamatenios from Brooklyn, NY

Thank ou Mr.Demetri Fillipidis.Good Lock Greece you are the best

Jun. 22 2012 12:03 PM
A German-American from nyc

how about this: Germany will let you win this time and in return you'll accept a few more years of austerity?!

Jun. 22 2012 11:56 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Greece did win the cup on 2004, but only after they hired a German coach....that says a lot

Jun. 22 2012 11:52 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Greece has a better chance of balancing their budget than winning this afternoon. Actually - they may have a small chance after all.

Jun. 22 2012 11:33 AM

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