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Chancellor Angela Merkel is believed to bring luck
to the German team, but she is not popular in Greece. So passions could
be running high on june 22 when three-time champion Germany takes on the
surprise 2004 titlists.

“We are playing for our shirt, our flag and for the people back home,” Greece midfielder Costas Katsouranis said.

Greece
has plenty of reason to be thankful to Germany — the 2004 champion side
was coached by a German, Otto Rehhagel. It’s the political background
that adds spice to the match, despite attempts of both German and Greek
officials to play down that angle.

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