4-2. Sure the Greek fans present at the match had their cheap thrills booing lustily whenever Angela Merkel's image was broadcast on the arena's screens, but still. If it's any consolation, remember that the Greeks scored the fluke of all flukes by winning the tournament in 2004 (and look how that euphoria has translated into economic gain). This year, though, there was no Cinderella story to be had since Greek fans hoped for the best but it turned out like always.
Instead of underlining German dominance (again), even the Germans understand that perhaps it should let off the others to go easy on the symbolism. At any rate, who should you pull for if you could give the Spanish or Portugese people a psychic boost? In addition to Spain winning Euro 2008, they added icing to the cake by winning the 2010 World Cup. What have those famous victories done for the nation off the pitch? As Spain secures emergency funding from the EU, diddly-squat. I had hoped victory could save them from recession, but my hopes were all for naught and things went even more downhill from there.
Which leaves us with Portugal. It has never won the Euro tournament, let alone the World Cup. Portugese clubs Benfica and Porto have been European Cup / Champions League winners, but fans with their club loyalties seldom side with others even from their own country. Given that Spain experienced next to no economic boost from their victories, perhaps it's time to root for Portugal--no matter if Cristiano Ronaldo is not an endearing character. Moreover, Spain's woes are mitigated by certain things going for it alike a low total debt to GDP figure by developed world standards. Meanwhile, I am sorry to say that Portugal has nearly nothing going for it and is only outdone by Greece in the economies woes department.
So, with the home team Poland gone, is it "Vamos a Portugal!" for me?