Paper: Swiss to face Euro 2008 blues after elimination
A British daily reports on Swiss’s numbing sense of anti-climax after they have been cast out of their own party after losing to Turkey.
13 June 2008
HAMBURG - British daily The Guardian led the way when it predicted the Euro 2008 blues for co-hosts Switzerland after being eliminated just five days into the three-week tournament.
"This nation will awake to a numbing sense of anticlimax. The Swiss have been cast out of their own party," said the daily on Thursday after the Swiss crashed out with a 2-1 defeat against Turkey in very wet conditions the previous night.
"Having clung to the possibility of a place in the latter stages in the deluge in Basle, the co-hosts were cruelly sunk deep into stoppage time to ensure the cries of 'Hop Suisse' caught in the locals' throats. Misery has descended upon these parts, local enthusiasm for this tournament may just drain away."
The ruling body UEFA and others don't believe that interest and enthusiasm in the tournament will drop after Koebi Kuhn's team is out.
But one English fan - posting a comment on The Sun's website - said the Swiss will now feel worse than the English who didn't even qualify for the tournament.
"Co-hosting the tournament and eliminated after two games - It sucks to be English but it must suck even more to be Swiss," said the user named gazza_sande.
Dutch paper De Volkskrant said that "Turkey ends Swiss dream" and said that the Swiss fans were "stone-faced, shocked and totally disillusioned" after the injury-time strike from Arda Turan.
Like many others, Germany's Bild daily drew a line to the almost irregular conditions in the first half on a waterlogged pitch after torrential rain.
"Deluge drowns Swiss hopes - host out of Euro," said the tabloid Bild.
The elimination was also noted in Belgium, which until the Swiss fate was the only Euro host not to survive the group stage.
"The Swiss fail as second home country in the first round. The dubious first came eight years ago from the Red Devils. That also happened against the Turks," said Het Laatste Nieuws.
[dpa / Expatica]