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Spain are Champions of Europe

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Spain finally put years of underachievement behind them to win the Euro 2008. A goal from Torres was enough to seal the win for them against a lack lustre German side. Germany’s loss completes a bad season for Michael Ballack as he was part of the losing side in the final of three cups ( League Cup, Champions League, Euro 2008). But for Spain, it was a major victory that have eluded them for the last 44 years.

Looking back at the tournament, Spain had been the best throughout. And when you look at there players, it will be hard to imagine how they didn’t win any trophy for 44 years. The omission of Raul was a major talking point before the tournament, but it was soon forgotten in the opening match as David Villa and Torres formed a deadly strike force to demolish Russia 4 – 1. They further showed there dominance when they beat Italy in a penalty shoot out in the quarter finals. There defence was great with players such Ramos, Puyol and Marchena doing a wonderful job. If you look at the midfield, it was filled with World class players such as Fabregas, Xavi, Iniesta, Silva, Xabi Alonso. However one player that really caught my eye was Marcos Senna. He performed the role of a holding midfielder superbly and brilliantly stopped the opposition attacks and helped the team to go forward. I am sure we can see him moving to a big club now. And there strike force was a terror in the eyes of every defence. Torres, Villa and Guiza, what more can you ask for. And a brilliant coach in Aragones completed the puzzle. And they were the best in the final too. How they won by only one goal is a surprise. The nearest Germans got to a goal was a Ballack shot the grazed the outside of the post.

Over all the tournament was good and it was great to see the best team winning it.

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Spain 3 – 0 Russia

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  • Russia were truly outclassed by a brilliant Spain performance. They didn’t look like the team that beat Holland 3 – 1
  • Arshavin, who has been the Russian hero in the current campaign was almost non present
  • Fabregas is a genius. His passes were superb. Why hasn’t he started any games is a mystery to me. But I think he will definitely start the final now
  • Unfortunately David Villa got injured and will not play in the final. His replacement Guiza is a good striker too. His finish for the 2nd goal was top class
  • Its time to concentrate on the final. I think it is time when Spain will have there “under achievers” tag removed
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Germany 3 – 2 Turkey

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  • What a superb match, even though Turkey were without six first team players, they were a lot better than Germany and deserved to be in the final
  • If you want to see an example of team spirit, there is no better team to show it than Turkey. In the whole Euro 2008, they have made some amazing comeback, they might have made another one but unfortunately it was Germany who scored the late goal this time
  • Credit should go to Turkey coach “Terim”. He got the best out of the players and motivated them enough
  • Neither of the goalkeepers looked confident in the match
  • Even though Germany have been a bit unconvincing, they have managed to get to the final and i have a feeling that they might end up winning it
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France 0 – 2 Italy

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  • France didn’t play that poorly that they deserved to lose by 2 – 0. They had some bad luck and things didn’t go right for them
  • France didn’t deserve to reach the next stage. They have been poor, scoring only 1 goal in the group stages. But they did better than in World Cup 2002 when they didn’t score a single goal
  • Pirlo is a mid field mastermind for Italy. He and Buffon were superb
  • Pirlo and Gatusso will be suspended for the QF, lets see how Italy performs without them
  • France coach couldn’t have picked a better time to propose to his girl friend. He knows he might be sacked soon why not marry now
  • Thruam and Makelle have retired and we might see the same from Viera and Henry. Its time for the new generation to take over
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Austria 0 – 1 Germany

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  • Germany doesn’t look like the same team that reached the SF of the World Cup. They are lacking there attacking flair
  • Austria are not that bad as they are made out to be. They played decently against a tough German side
  • Michael Ballack’s free kick was just superb. The first goal of the tournament from a free kick i guess
  • How is Mario Gomez playing. He has missed so many chances in the whole tournament. He can’t score from six yards with a tap in and then does nothing when the ball was in the air. I don’t think he deserve to play
  • The best incident of the first half was the sending off of the two coaches
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Switzerland 2 – 0 Portugal

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  • Portugal may be one of the favourites to win the Euro but this shows that they have a poor reserve line up
  • Swiss fans finally have something to cheer about
  • Had Switzerland not conceded a late goal against Turkey, they would have been in the quarter finals
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