Spain is the new Euro 2012 champion.
July 2, 2012– Spain defeated Italy 4-0 in the final of Euro 2012 on Sunday. The win by Spain was its third consecutive victory in international competition and has placed them on a pedestal, as one of the best international teams of all time. The captain of Italy, Gianluigi Buffon said the match was simply no contest. He said Spain was just too good.
Spain ripped apart Italy to become the first team to win consecutive European Championships. Their treble – 2008 European Championship, the 2010 World Cup and now the 2012 European Championship has not happened since 1939.
The win on Sunday will silence many critics of Spain who throughout the tournament, held in Poland and Ukraine, called the team boring, tired and even jaded. Spain, in the championship game played with vision, verve and made passes with the flair that many thought departed the team following their World Cup win in 2010.
Spain was led by Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso and Andres Iniesta in the midfield. Xavi helped set up two of the four goals. Iniesta opened lanes diagonally with precision passing and Alonso earned new fans during the tournament by showing why so many feel he is one of the world’s best two-way midfielders.
Now, until the World Cup in 2014, Spain once again is on top of Europe and for that matter, the world.