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
On June 23rd 1972 Zinedine Yazid Zidane was born in Marseille, France to Smaïl and Malika, 2 Algerian immigrants who left Algeria in 1953 to settle in Paris.
Being spotted at the age 14 by an AS Cannes scout who jumpstarted his professional career. In total, Zidane played for 4 professional football clubs. Started in Cannes and then transferred to Bordeaux at the age of 20. Where he had just one trophy to claim with his club, the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1995.
He then was signed by Juventus in 1996 for ₤3 million GBP At the age of 24, that was Zidane’s first international club and there he won the Serie A (twice), Italian Super Cup, UEFA Champions League (twice), UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and the UEFA Intertoto Cup.
But Zidane wasn’t done yet, he then signed with Real Madrid at what then was the highest ever transfer fee. ₤48 million GBP. Where he also help his team win the La Liga, Spanish Super Cup (twice), UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup.
Zidane’s brilliance also helped France win the World Cup in 1998 and almost did it a seconded time after coming back from retirement in 2006 if it wasn’t for that unfortunate incident the marked the end of his footballing career.
The Maestro also has a number of individual awards:
Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year – 1994
Ligue 1 Player of the Year – 1996
Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year – 1997, 2001
UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year – 1998
FIFA World Cup Final Man of the Match – 1998
World Soccer Awards Player of the Year – 1998
Ballon D’or – 1998
L’Équipe Champion of Champions – 1998
French Player of the Year – 1998, 2002
Onze d’Or – 1998, 2000, 2001
FIFA World Player of the Year – 1998, 2000, 2003
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team – 1998, 2006
ESM Season XI: 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04
World Soccer 100 Greatest Players of the 20th Century – 1999
UEFA Euro Player of the Tournament – 2000
UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament – 2000, 2004
Serie A Footballer of the Year – 2001
UEFA Team of the Year – 2001, 2002, 2003
UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match – 2002
La Liga Best Foreign Player – 2002
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year – 2002
FIFA World Cup Dream Team – 2002
FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers – 2004
UEFA Best European Player of the Past 50 Years – 2004
FIFPro World XI All-Star Team – 2005, 2006
IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker – 2006
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball – 2006
UNFP Honorary Award – 2007
Marca Leyenda Award – 2008
Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award – 2011
UEFA Champions League Best Player of the Past 20 Years – 2011
Here is a brief video showing Zidane’s football career.
And another video of pure skill.
Happy birthday you magnificent bastard.
Matt Harding is an traveler, video game designer and an internet celebrity with the success of his “Where The Hell is Matt” videos where he travels around the world recording him self dancing.
He just released a new video with places like Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. He was in Kuwait during the filming of the 2008 video.
This is a photo-shopped image, but it conveys what the Oranje supporters feel like. The original had a German flag and was taken during Euro 2008. Netherlands and Germany didn’t play each other but the football rivalry between those two nations is just that awesome.
When Apple released the iPhoto app for iOS the built-in maps app was swapped from the usual Google maps to an open-source map tech. It looks like it is a place holder as Google gets ready to launch their own mapping technology.
Well, actually not their own rather they bought C3 more than a year ago. The military tech used for 3D mapping is all Apple’s now.
We will know more tomorrow at WWDC.
Daniel Brace stuck a GoPro on his 2 year old daughter and started filming while they were playing hide and seek.
Its cute how she goes and looks at the last place he was hiding every time they start a new game.
This looks like a cool idea for an FPS game.
All major companies had they E3 press conferences with the exception of Nintendo. A ton of new game IP’s were announced and a lot more sequels.
But the best game in my opinion that was shown in E3 so far is Watch Dogs from Ubisoft. The game looks great with a mix of stealth and hacking.
No word on a release date just yet so 2013 looks likly .
The Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 for short officially kicks off tomorrow but usually there are some pre-E3 conferences held by major companies. Nintendo released a pre E3 direct stream which was a new thing. And Microsoft will lead with the first conference today starting 7:30 PM local time (1630 GMT). Both Microsoft and Sony said they won’t be announcing any new hardware at the show but we can still hope. I’m also excited to see more of Nintendo’s new Wii U.
You can watch the conferences online here:
You can grab Nintendo’s pre E3 stream here.
The Attari Closing Ceremony used to take place every day at the Wagh border between India and Pakistan till 2010. Because of it being the only road crossing between the two countries and due to the increased tension between them, lowering the flag ceremony was a bit more…..thrilling. The lowering of the flags or “retreat” ceremony was more like a parade and a show for the people attending on both sides of the border.
It was canceled due to increased injuries to soldiers’ knees and backs from all the “Goose-Walking” taking place.
The 58 year old has yet another movie around the corner. Jackie Chan has always astonished us with his stunts that he has been doing for years. Watching his movies is never boring even if it just for the stunts.