DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: Iker Casillas of Spain after victory during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
In one of our two semi-finals, Portugal battles Spain in an all-Iberian affair. Spain has yet to lose (though they were held to a draw by Italy, and didn't look great in creeping by Croatia). Portugal lost their opening match vs. Germany but have been on a nice roll since then.
As a supporter of Die Nationalelf, I guess I'm pulling for Portugal - everything else being equal, they'd probably be a more easily beatable opponent. But, there's also something to be said for wanting to play the best competition, and for wanting revenge on the side that knocked us out of the last two major tournaments.
For me, I actually kind of like Portugal - the country itself, I mean - having recently visited there and having had a good time. And I don't hate Cristiano Ronaldo as much as some people do, though I certainly wouldn't call myself a fan. So I guess I'm in their corner, but mainly I'd like to see a game that: (1) is fun and exciting, (2) is long and exhausting, so perhaps the winners will be less than 100 percent, and (3) I'd love to see someone on the winning side get red-carded and have to miss the final.
No, I don't feel any guilt in hoping for that, after both Germany and Bayern have had multiple important players miss vital matches in the last 2 years through accumulated yellows that were very questionable, if not outright bullshit. "It's part of the game," as we've been told with a sneer too many times. But I will draw the line at rooting for injuries - please don't bring any of that. Thanks for reading.