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June 12, 2008

Soaked Swiss Soccer

Switzerland met Turkey in their second Euro 2008 Group A match on June 11th in Basel, Switzerland. The skies opened up and poured down as the game continued on, making for dramatic images. Turkey went on to win the match, 2 goals to 1. The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, (Euro 2008) began June 7th and is scheduled to conclude June 29th. (15 photos total)

Imposing dark clouds are pictured over the stadium during the UEFA EURO 2008 Group A match between Switzerland and Turkey at St. Jakob-Park on June 11, 2008 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

A general view as the rain pours down during the UEFA EURO 2008 Group A match between Switzerland and Turkey at St. Jakob-Park on June 11, 2008 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by Patrick Straub/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Switzerland's Patrick Mueller controls the ball under pouring rain during the group A match between Switzerland and Turkey in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Peter Klaunzer)

Swiss defender Patrick Muller (L) vies with Turkish players during the Euro 2008 Championships Group A football match Switzerland vs. Turkey on June 11, 2008 at Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland. (DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

Switzerland's Ludovic Magnin, right, and Turkey's Nihat Kahveci, left, vie for the ball during the group A match between Switzerland and Turkey in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Switzerland's Gelson Fernandes, right, and Gokhan Inler, left, vie for the ball with Turkey's Tuncay Sanli, center, during the group A match between Switzerland and Turkey in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Peter Klaunzer)

Switzerland's Hakan Yakin, foreground center, and Valon Behrami, right, celebrate scoring the opening goal during the group A match between Switzerland and Turkey in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Turkey's goalkeeper Volkan Demirel, right, kicks the ball, following a heavy downpour, during the group A match between Switzerland and Turkey in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Peter Klaunzer)

Swiss midfielder Hakan Yakin (L) vies with Turkish midfielder Hamit Altintop during the Euro 2008 Championships Group A football match Switzerland vs. Turkey on June 11, 2008 at Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Swiss goalkeeper Diego Benaglio reacts during the group A match between Switzerland and Turkey, at the Euro 2008 soccer championships in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron)

Switzerland's Valon Behrami is seen under a pouring rain during the group A match between Switzerland and Turkey in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Switzerland's Gokhan Inler, second from left, vies for the ball with Turkey's Mehmet Aurelio, right, and Turkey's Emre Asik, second from left, during the group A match between Switzerland and Turkey in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Turkey's Tuncay Sanli, right, and Switzerland's Tranquillo Barnetta, left, vie for the ball during the group A match between Switzerland and Turkey in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Switzerland's Patrick Mueller, left, Turkey's Arda Turan, center, and Switzerland's goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, right, vie for the ball during the group A match between Switzerland and Turkey in Basel, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Swiss forward Johan Vonlanthen looks dejected after the Euro 2008 Championships Group A football match Switzerland vs. Turkey on June 11, 2008 at Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland. Turkey won 2-1. (BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)


Links and more information:
Neck and Neck Until the End, Turkey Dispatches Switzerland NYtimes.com article - 6/12
UEFA 2008 Official site.
UEFA Euro 2008 Wikipedia entry
UEFA Wikipedia entry for Union of European Football Associations


 
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