How Soccer Will Decide the Euro Crisis (It Won't)

Greek supporters celebrate Greece's victory over Russia at the Euro 2012 tournament in front of Parliament in central Athens. Photograph by Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

On Tuesday, Georgios Samaras, “the Greek Jesus of Football,” gave a short sermon to reporters in Warsaw. “It’s a bad thing for you to start to make stories and compare football and sports with politics,” he told them. “It’s just a game. We’re going to play and enjoy it because we love it, nothing else.” Samaras and the rest of the Greek national team play Germany on Friday in the quarterfinals of the UEFA Euro 2012 championship. The match is not, he wanted the assembled press to know, to be made into a subplot of the European debt crisis. He might as well have asked Greeks to pay taxes on their swimming pools.

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