Euro 2008 Special Edition

Monday, June 30, 2008

Spain Win Euro 2008 : How did Spain do it?

Spain has ended the long wait. After 44 years Spanish footballers have finally beaten back the gold on the international scene with their 1-0 victory over Germany on Sunday in the Uefa Euro 2008 ™ final in Vienna.

Key to success

Since its opening 4-1 win against Russia through the Hoodoo-by shooting in which triumph over Italy in the quarterfinals on Sunday night to the Vienna-deserved coronation in Spain has improved all at this Euros No slides at once. But what is the key to their success? Is the art of his domain, the fleet-footed midfielders or the objectives of the final match of Fernando Torres winner of the tournament and top scorer David Villa? What do you think the inspiring leadership of veteran coach Luis Aragones and staffing of the new-found mental strength?

Spain Win Euro 2008 : Spain Torres strike ends long wait, Spain - Germany : 1 - 0

Spain have been crowned champions of Europe for the second time as Fernando Torres's first half goal in Vienna was enough to defeat Germany in the final of the Uefa Euro 2008 ™.

History of an inspiration
Spain won its only previous piece of silver in this competition in 1964 and had not been beyond the quarterfinals of any competition in 24 years, even Luis Aragones men have chosen to use that story as an inspiration rather than a burden. After a strong start in Germany, seeking fourth title, Spain were the more dangerous side throughout a fun-final at the Ernst Happel Stadium, but had only one goal - in 33 minutes, courtesy of Torres's pace, perseverance and a foolproof finish - to end their long wait.

Ballack Boost

Germany received a significant boost before kick-off with captain Michael Ballack included despite a highly publicized and calf problem, perhaps BUOY that news, Joachim Löw's team quickly resolved. Much has been made of the contrast in styles between the two sides still at the opening of trade is expected to pass Germany crisp, Miroslav Klose and Thomas Hitzlsperger failing to take full advantage of a glimpse of goal, while Spain, Shorne Four goals from leading striker David Villa because of a thigh injury, struggled to find their feet in a new 4-5-1 formation in which Cesc Fàbregas was rewarded by a fine semi-final with a display starting place.

Instinctive stop
As an indicator of the pattern of the match, however, Germany's bright start was misleading. Spain before he worked his way through the contest, with Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann - becoming, at 38 the oldest player to appear in a Uefa European Championship final - forced into action for the first time in the 14 th minute. Although his instincts save came when his own defender, Christoph Metzelder, Andres Iniesta inadvertently deflected a cross towards his own goal, Xavi Hernandez through the fine has to spend unpicked the defence and Germany showed the Spaniards were finding their feet.

Torres on target

Right of return Sergio Ramos is allowed to cut and deliver a deep cross, Torres peel away from Per Mertesacker to create a space for the header only for his right hand after arriving in Lehmann rescue. The warning signs were there for Germany, however, were not adequately respond and fell behind three minutes past the half hour. Again Xavi was the architect, playing a pass back to Germany in defending Torres, who outmuscled hesitate to Philipp Lahm and cut the ball over the diving Jens Lehmann and just inside the far post. David Silva then volley over the cross Iniesta when given time and space inside the area as Spain threatened to increase their advantage.

Spain openings

Spain had more openings in the early stages of the second half, Lehmann Xavi get the merest of touches to the bottom before Ramos fired almost Silva guided the unit resulting from the corner. However, a warning of the threat posed yet arrived in Germany when, Marcell Jansen and substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger Ballack for combining to shoot inches wide. Klose then diverted to Schweinsteiger effort past the post and Germany in response to the renewed threat Spain coach Luis Aragones introduced quickly Xabi Alonso and Santi Cazorla instead of Fàbregas and Silva. The switches instantly renewed Spain, Lehmann making stops at point of Ramos, while Iniesta and Torsten Frings Iniesta another effort to block the line.

Wild celebrations
As the final moved into the last 20 minutes, Spain has had seven shots on goal to Germany and is one, however, with Germany having become almost one in two goals in their efforts to target ahead of the finals, that was little consolation for Aragones and his been. In the case of Spain continued to create chances as the match reached its conclusion, Marcos Senna in the strict sense not to apply the finishing touch to a disinterested header from substitute Daniel Güiza - but the celebrations will not be postponed much longer.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Löw hopes that relies on the ultimate success

He can have potentially lost their captain and talisman for the biggest game of his career as coach so far, Joachim Löw, the belief in Germany but his side was infallible as he met with the press on Saturday at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion .


Calm and assured, regardless of whether Michael Ballack will be fit or not, the 48-year-old had one thing in mind as it contemplates the Uefa Euro 2008 ™ final against Spain. "Of course I expect a victory," said Löw, whose deadline for the final has been unpredictable, Ballack's calf muscle injury is just the latest twist in a fascinating story. "This is the last game and we have a long, hard road behind us. This tournament has been difficult for all players and teams and has taken a lot of strength. But the final was our goal and we are going to gather our efforts to win the match and take the cup back home to Germany. "

"Highly motivated"

While Germany artist has been uneven, Löw acknowledged that he had been impressed by the consistency of Spain. The trusts, however, his side will increase its stake to keep pace. "The Spaniards have been the most consistent team so far," he said. "I do not remember a single phase of weakness." They have an excellent technique, are flexible regarding their positions and are uncertain about their passes. They all play for clubs such as Arsenal [FC], Real [Madrid CF] and Liverpool [FC] on the upper level and are used at a fast pace style of play and can withstand the pressure. Spain are the favourites perhaps, but we are confident, however. We are under pressure now are very positive and motivated, that will certainly be better than we were against Turkey. I am sure that all players play at the highest level tomorrow and if we are going to have to win. "


Germany were pushed to the limit of Fatih Terim part in the semi-final, ultimately prevailing 3-2 thanks to Philipp Lahm afternoon strike. The victory was another example of the strong spirit of the squad, which took place while he was working Löw Jürgen Klinsmann as assistant to the Fifa 2006 World Cup. Germany was called out in the semifinals-finals two years ago and have gone better here. Having come this far, however, Löw intend to return home with the trophy in Germany last won in 1996. "After the World Cup that we set new targets and the goal is to win this title. We've been working on this for two years. After marking a difficult goal, if we can win tomorrow would be enormous pleasure. It would be a great satisfaction for us. "

All or nothing for Spain's Choach - Aragones

Luis Aragones has warned that "nobody remembers who comes second," as he looks to end its four-year spell as coach of Spain beat Germany in the final of the Uefa Euro 2008 ™.

Winning mentaility
Spain many people are favorites for Sunday's event have been impressed with his consistency and style attack on the path to the final. The 69-year-old, however, has focused minds ahead of the game, noting that all of Spain has achieved so far will count for little if it fails to complete the job against Germany. "We must win in second place is not enough," he said.

Rough times

Aragones tried to put emotion to one side as they contemplated their last match, but admitted a feeling of nostalgia, as he looked back at his four years in office. After an early exit from the World Cup two years ago Fife, pressure grew even more when his side began their Uefa Euro 2008 ™ with defeats against Northern Ireland and Sweden. Aragones cree que es have the strength in adversity that has served his side so well here. "I'm happy to have a group that cree in me and the way we work," he said. "We have gone through difficult periods and have gone through the worst of times, but that brings us together. When you're that good things happen together.

'Great atmosphere'

"At first, when they strongly criticized the players saw I worked even harder and that supported me. Understood that I was on the right track. I've seen great teams with great players but if you do not have a good environment can not be won . The great atmosphere in this template has helped us to reach the final. Above all we are a group. We understand that if we work together we can win. "

Aragones can draw a number of positive cases of Spain deadline for the final on Sunday, regardless of the outcome. Talked to break Spain's Hoodoo of falling into the quarterfinals of stage and that he cree that his squad the winning mentality "has shown the way" for future teams. Spain has won only one major tournament and have not reached a final since losing to France in the 1984 European Championship Uefa, but there is no sense of inferiority against Germany, which is contesting its sixth European Championship final and Uefa is looking to win its fourth title

Germany threatens
"I am afraid that some things [on Germany]," said Aragones. "For example its strength in the air, his incredible speed and physical strength. And, of course, their quick counterattacks, but we will have to cope with them. We have our own way of playing. It was the same during the past four years and will follow the same path. We're not good when we adapt our game. We must continue [the way] to win. "Aragones said he had" very good feelings with positive thoughts. I think my team will win. of course, I dreamed [to win], but I dreamed of the World Cup and that has not happened. Now I'm dreaming of the European Championship and is possible. But the coaches are always dreaming, because they want to win every Sunday. Winning playing good Football is even better. "

Ten of the best rounds stars takes its selection of ten players who most caught the eye of the Uefa Euro 2008 ™. Here are the list top ten best players.

Hamit Altıntop (Turkey)

Nihat Kahveci was the applause for his excellent finish against the Czech Republic but Hamit is the smart pass that gave him the opportunity. Tireless, versatile and unselfish, his coach Fatih Terim best sums up his contribution: "When you have soccer players like this, not lose."

Andrei Arshavin (Russia)

After inspire FC Zenit St. Petersburg to victory in the Uefa Cup final in May, became Arshavin, on the occasion again here, returning from suspension to make the difference against Sweden and the Netherlands. Fast, intelligent and very, very good.

Michael Ballack (Germany)

Just when Germany hopes in the ropes after losing to Croatia, Ballack was back to its feet with thunderous unity that defeated Austria. His performance in a more advanced role against Portugal helped start the initiative for Germany before he headed in the decisive third.

Iker Casillas (Spain)

With so much attacking talent on show goalkeepers have had lasting and Gianluigi Buffon, Artur Boruca, Igor Akinfeev and Stipe Pletikosa all impressed. Iker Casillas has had less to make that many saves, but has produced the most important thing, saving brilliantly from Mauro Camoranesi and Roman Pavlyuchenko rounds in the playoffs and get the best of Buffon in the shooting.

Luka Modrić (Croatia)

Much was expected of the man nicknamed the Croatian Cruyff and he did not disappoint, firing his side ahead from the penalty spot after just four minutes of the opening of its match against Austria. He created enough opportunities to have beaten Croatia to Turkey in the quarterfinals and deserved better than to bow out after missing a penalty in the shootout.

Carles Puyol (Spain)

Questions were raised during the defense of Spain in the next tournament, but Puyol central defensive partnership with Carlos Marchena has stood the test in a tournament that had dominated the strikers. Increasingly guaranteed with all games, Puyol was a tower of strength against Russia.

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)

Will return from their delivery against Croatia with an exhibition match against the winner of Portugal in the quarterfinals, scoring one and creating two more. Also equalised against the run of play in the semi-final, when Turkey is threatening to run away with the game.

Marcos Senna (Spain)

Senna always that security in central Spain that allowed the talent, ideas attack midfielders drive. No low-cost but very disciplined. The cornerstone of success in Spain.

Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)

Sneijder epitomised the vitality with which the Netherlands opened the tournament, hooking a superb goal against Italy then trumping that with a tremendous attack on France.

David Villa (Spain)

Villa hat-trick in Spain-opening victory against Russia set the standard for much of what would go on to face Luis Aragones. Valencia CF striker came into the tournament full of confidence and rub out to his companions. An injury ruled him ashamed of the final.

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