Metzelder won't mind victory with a close shave
If Germany win Sunday's final against Spain, however, Christoph Metzelder is planning something special with his facial hair.
What exactly, the Real Madrid defender is keeping to himself.
Winning won't be that easy - that much Metzelder, who has an inside knowledge of the Spanish game, can reveal.
"Every one of us will have to play to the absolute limit, for 90 minutes or longer," said the Real Madrid team-mate of Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos.
Metzelder will be playing in his second major final after the 2002 World Cup, something that barely seemed possible little under five months ago.
Since February 13, the day he had surgery on a complicated foot injury, he has had been in a race against time to get fit again.
"I fought every day to be here and I am proud that I managed it, and also proud that I have managed to improve throughout the tournament," the 27-year-old former Borussia Dortmund player said.
Metzelder has had to put up with criticism back home, along with fellow central defender Per Mertesacker, as the Germany defence has looked a little creaky at times.
"When you go on stage you don't always get applause," he said.
Concerns over the centre of the German defence have not gone away as Germany seek a record fourth European Championship title.
That Metzelder looked initially rusty is hardly surprising after playing just 165 minutes with Real Madrid and 630 minutes with the national team this year.
"The matches are still taking me to the limit," said Metzelder whose path from the operating table to Euro 2008 have been accompanied by "pain, fear and doubts."
He is still some way from the top form he demonstrated at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, but with 46 caps to his name he says he is not interested in putting on a gala show.
"For us the aim of winning the title is more important than capturing Europe in a blaze of glory," he said.
Metzelder won't mind if it's a close shave, dpa reported.