Euro 2008 Today

VIENNA, Austria (AP)—A look at Day 17 of the 2008 European Championship on Monday:


No games scheduled.


Germany plays Turkey in Basel, Switzerland, on Wednesday. Spain plays Russia in Vienna on Thursday.


Italy’s Roberto Rosetti was chosen Monday as the referee for the final. With his country losing to Spain in the quarterfinals, any chance of bias on Rosetti’s part was removed and UEFA put him in charge of Sunday’s match at Ernst Happel Stadium.

Switzerland’s Massimo Busacca will work Wednesday’s semifinal between Germany and Turkey, while Belgium’s Frank De Bleeckere will run the second semifinal game between Russia and Spain the following day.


Germany will have its most prominent supporter on hand for the semifinal against Turkey on Wednesday. Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to attend the match in Basel, just over the border in Switzerland.

Merkel, an ever-present fan during Germany’s run to a third-place finish at the World Cup in 2006, has appeared at only one European Championship match so far: a 1-0 win against Austria that assured the team a quarterfinal place.


Host France scored two goals in the last six minutes of extra time to beat Portugal 3-2 in Marseille to reach the Euro ‘84 final, where it went on to beat Spain 2-0. Michel Platini, now UEFA president, scored the semifinal winner with a minute to go, then got the first goal of the final to finish with nine for the tournament. The next best was Denmark’s Frank Arnesen with three.


Germany will have a full strength squad for Wednesday’s semifinal against Turkey after midfielder Torsten Frings recovered sufficiently from a broken rib. But coach Joachim Loew would not reveal whether Frings would return to the starting lineup.


“If people think that Russia is the same rival we met in the group stage they are mistaken. We have to keep our feet on the ground.”—Cesc Fabregas, who scored Spain’s penalty-kick winner in the quarterfinals shootout against Italy. The Spaniards beat the Russians 4-1 in the first game of group play, but meet again in Wednesday’s semifinal.