Turks get party started in readiness for Germany clash
Thousands of Turkish Germans took to the streets after a penalty shoot out put Turkey through to a semi final with Germany at Euro 2008Berlin -- Tens of thousands of Turks living in Germany partied peacefully until the early hours of Saturday after their team reached the Euro 2008 semi-finals the previous night.
"The atmosphere is wild but very peaceful," said a police spokesman in Berlin. "The fans are very approachable because there is hardly any alcohol involved."
Some minor scuffles were reported from Frankfurt.
The celebrations of delighted Turkey fans on Berlin's Kurfuerstendamm, Hamburg's Reeperbahn and elsewhere in Germany started just minutes after Turkey beat Croatia on penalties on Vienna on Friday night.
Traffic came to a standstill in Cologne, Bremen, Munich and elsewhere as Turks ecstatic about their team's first ever place in the final four of the continental tournament took to the streets.
Some 30,000 fans watched the game in Hamburg's fan zone and large crowds were also reported from other public viewing areas.
But far more people are expected on Wednesday when Turkey play Germany in Basle, Switzerland, for a place in the final. Germany's biggest public viewing area opens for that game in Berlin, with expansion beyond a 500,000-capacity already considered.
"It couldn't have been better and nicer in Berlin with these two teams. It will be amazing on Wednesday, we expect 500,000 fans, maybe even more, then we would have to expand the area," said the organizers' spokesman Michael Wirtz.
The Berlin fan zone attracted more than one million people on some games at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Turks form the biggest community of foreigners in Germany with 1,7 million, while 225,309 Croatians live in the country. Some 160,000 Turks or people of Turkish descent live in Berlin alone.
Germany defender Arne Friedrich, who lives in Berlin and is the captain of local club Hertha BSC, expects a huge party on Wednesday in the city.
"I phoned my girlfriend. It must have been unbelievable (in Berlin on Friday night). Everyone is now looking forward to the game in Berlin. It will be a huge party. Everything is set for a great game," Friedrich said at the German Euro camp in Tenero, Switzerland. DPA