The 2008 UEFA Euro Cup is drawing to a close this week with the Semifinal matches on Wednesday & Thursday and the Championship match on Sunday in Vienna. The four teams left in the tournament that are competing for the European Championship are Germany, Russia Spain and Turkey; the later three of those teams are all upset higher favored teams to earn their Semifinal spots.
In the Quarterfinals Germany defeated Portugal 3-2 in a match that most experts predicted Germany would win; now the German national team will face upstart Turkey who beat tournament powerhouse Croatia on penalty kicks. On the other side of the bracket both Russia and Spain pulled off mild upsets to make the Semis. Russia took down a highly regarded Netherlands team 3-1 in the Quarters, and Spain finally got past Italy in penalty kicks to setup the Russia versus Spain match.
On Wednesday, June 25th Germany will play Turkey at St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland. Then Thursday Russia will play Spain in Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria. The winners of those two matches will play for the 2008 European Cup Championship on Sunday in Vienna.