Viva España

2 Jul 2012  1 Comment

Spain 2012

Last night, Spain won the European Cup and became the second country to win it back-to-back and 3rd overall (tied Germany).

Spain started with the usual strikerless formation that they adapted to wonderfully using their tiki-taka play style. With that, Spain completely dominated Italy in the midfield taking Italy’s strikers (Cassano and Balotelli) out of the equation.

The game ended with Spain wining 4-0, the highest ever score for a European Cup final, with 4 different scorers, 2 of them coming from the bench.


Here are some interesting facts:

Spain are the first team to win back to back European Championships with a World Cup triumph in between. It is their third European title, equalling Germany’s record.

The four-goal winning margin was the biggest in a European Championship or World Cup final.

Vicente Del Bosque is only the second coach to win a European Championship and a World Cup, joining Helmut Schoen, who led West Germany to victory at the 1972 European Championship and the World Cup two years later.

Sunday’s victory was Spain’s first outright win over Italy in eight major tournament matches (they won a penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw in Euro 2008 quarter-finals)

Spain striker Fernando Torres is the first player to score in two European Championship finals and wins the Euro 2012 golden boot for top scorer, by virtue of also having an assist and having played fewer minutes than Germany’s Mario Gomez who also had three goals.

Spain are unbeaten in their last 12 European Championship finals matches and have not conceded a goal in their last five, both competition records. They have kept clean sheets in their last 10 knockout games at the European and World Cup finals.

Their last defeat in European Championship play was a 2-0 loss to Sweden in qualifying in 2006 – a 29-game undefeated run.

Here are the goals from last night’s game:


More facts at Eurosport

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  • Jacqui

    Rubbing it in our faces aren’t you?! :P


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