Monday, October 4, 2010

Of course, most of the preparatory games were not high profile. Actually, most of the friendlies the finalists played were against weaker opponents and ingnored by the fans:
Poland playing against Greece at the empty stadium in Warsaw. Fischer (1) got a rare opportunity to play for Poland and not yet famous Gadocha (11) watches the heroics of his teammate in black.
For years this was the typical story: a lot of hype in the press and maniac excitement over the national team. Debates, apoplexy over who was in and who was out, laments over injured or neglected players, and, yet, preparatory matches never attracted the crowds.