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How soccer (aka football) is like the euro crisis

Greece faces Germany in a Euro 2012 elimination round. Too soon?
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Giorgos Tzavelas of Greece celebrates victory and progress to the quarter finals during the UEFA Euro 2012 group A match between Greece and Russia at The National Stadium on June 16, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Greece faces Germany tonight in a Euro Cup elimination match that feels oh, so similar to the current euro economic crisis.

(Update: Germany won the match 4-2).

As GlobalPost's Alex Besant wrote ahead of the game, the match "will have the spectre of European politics hanging over it."

The match will be not only be about football in the eyes of many Greek fans, but about revenge for the austerity measures imposed upon the country by Germany. Insulted, criticized and beaten down, Greeks see this match as a repudiation of the strife that their country has gone through in the last few years.

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Here, GlobalPost breaks down how soccer, called football by those across the pond, is like the euro crisis:

-- Referees are corrupt.

-- There is a strong sense of nationalism.

-- Riots are always a possibility.

-- There is a great deal of pain.

-- There's lots of repetition.

-- Greece is the underdog.

-- The outcome is uncertain.

-- Americans don't understand it.

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