“Shenhua’s nuclear bomb has arrived”

Shanghai Shenhua really did it and got Didier Drogba. Fresh off of winning the Champions League and the FA Cup, the “Devil Beast” Drogba will now be scoring at will (presumably) in the Chinese league soon. The Chinese public and press eagerly await Drogba. The title of this post was uttered by Wang Dalei, Shenhua’s starting goalkeeper and Drogba’s teammate. However, would Drogba really succeed and adapt to the sometimes chaotic and amateurish conditions in the league, especially at his club? Would the club be too top-heavy (great strikers, but weak midfield) and unbalanced to do well?

Not totally surprised, but the French went out and played an abysmal game to tamely exit the Euro 2012 at the hands of defending champions Spain. However I admit I didn’t watch this game and am relying on the reports of this match, but from all accounts, it seems France were out of it and didn’t really mount any offense, even though they trailed 1-0 all the way until the final minutes when they conceded a penalty. Coming into this tournament and during the first two games, France seemed as if it had turned a corner. But then having qualified for the quarterfinals, they lost their final group game to Sweden and then came reports of infighting. Right now, the coach Laurent Blanc, a member of their 1998 World Cup winning team, is under some pressure to go. Well, good riddance to them.

Germany predictably beat Greece in their quarterfinal match that was so filled with political and economic connotations. Jokes and politics aside, Germany won 4-2 in a match that was far mor onesided than the scoreline indicated. And they did so without 3 of their regular starters including striker Mario Gomez or midfielder Thomas Mueller. Unfortunately this display of dominance means that Germany has now been made the sole occupant of the favorites mantle from the press and I fear that naturally this means another team will win. Germany will play the winner of tonight’s match between England and Italy.


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