German and Turkish football supporters are eagerly awaiting their sides Euro 2008 semi-final clash tonight. The game will be played at St Jakob Park in the Swiss city of Basel. An estimated 500,000 people are expected to watch the match on giant screens at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.
Unsurprisingly, opinions are divided as to who will come out on top. “May the best team win!” said one reveller before adding, “ I think the best team is Germany.” “Germany are the favourites but all the other favourites have been sent home,” countered a Turkish supporter
Excitement for a match has rarely been higher in Germany which is home to nearly three million people of Turkish origin.
In Basel itself, the flags of both nations are fluttering side by side with police expecting a frenetic but peaceful atmosphere before and after the match. Turks in Istanbul are confident the side will reach Sunday’s final despite suffering a number of setbacks.
Recent history favours the Turks who are unbeaten in three successive meetings with Germany, recording two wins and one draw.