OK, so yours truly goes from correctly predicting seven of the eight quarterfinalists – Portugal, Turkey, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Spain and Russia – to exactly zero of the four semifinalists.
You would have thought that to be a mathematical impossibility, but there you go.
Meantime, spare a thought for TNT sports copy editor John Wallingford, who outed himself Monday as a Euro 2008 fanatic. For a guy who works in there with a bunch of knuckle-draggers who still see soccer as “a commie sport,” or whatever, it was a brave admission. We’re here for you, John.
At any rate, onto the predictions.
Germany v Turkey: A lot riding on it for the massive Turkish population in Germany. But Turkey is too short due to injuries and suspensions, and Germany will grind out the result.
Spain v Russia. Spain nearly crumbled to an extremely pedestrian Italy. Arshavin is the man. Russia.
Final = Germany v Russia.