Euro 2008: Tension mounts as final approaches

The streets and squares of the Austrian capital were full of Spanish and German fans mixed in with the many other tourists from all over the world.

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The city of Vienna acquired a solemn character in the lead up to Sunday's Euro 2008 final, with everything and everyone appearing to be effected by the wet weather - the deep humidity in the air as well as the sudden rainstorms which pierce the atmosphere. Both added to the tension on the evening before the final game between Spain and Germany to be played at the Ernst Happel stadium. The streets and squares of the Austrian capital were full of Spanish and German fans mixed in with the many other tourists from all over the world who came to be part of this massive event. The German fans seemed to be in high spirits, constantly offering to paint their German flag in the faces of numerous bemused tourists. On the other side, the Spanish supporters looked a little sleepy, maybe because they have been in this city for more then a week, or perhaps it's just the tradition of siesta which keeps them lethargic while they sit on the grass next to the fan zone. But as we saw before their team's last two games, against Italy and Russia, maybe they are keeping their strength for the game day. At the city's main square, the Karlplatz, some Spanish fans are milling about, playing traditional music from back home. Maribell who lives in Valencia said she has been in Austria for three weeks and is feeling nervous before the final. But she is sure her national team will win 2-0 with goals of Torres and Guiza. In the Vienna market a German family are taking in the sights and sounds of the city. Both the father, Ralf, and his son Alexander believe Germany will win 2-1.