Germans and Italians flocked to Warsaw ahead of Thursday night’s second semi-final in Euro 2012.
Germany fans were in a confident mood – the team is on a 15-match winning streak going into the match. And they are the top scoring side in the tournament so far.
“It’s going to be a clear victory – two-nil to Germany,” predicted one fan.
As for the fact that Germany has never beaten Italy in seven encounters in a major tournament another added: “Well there has to be a first time sometime. After a great performance in the group stage and the quarter finals nothing can go wrong.”
But could that bold stance turn out to be a question of pride before a fall? Perhaps the slightly more modest attitude of Azzurri fans will pay off.
“It’ll be a very difficult game,” admitted one. “Germany is the strongest team. But we are Italy, I hope we will win and that we will beat Spain in the final.”
Poles could be forgiven for rooting for Germany as two of their star players, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, are Polish born. But rumour has it they are actually supporting Italy.