European Championships 2008
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WHILE commentators in the German media yesterday conceded that the better team had won Sunday night's Euro 2008 final in Vienna, some of the country's leading players were not so magnanimous following the 1-0 loss to Spain.
SPAIN finally shrugged off their tag of world football's biggest under-achievers, and they did it with some style.
WHEN Euro 2008 got underway and predictions for the player of the tournament were being made there seemed to be just one name on everybody's lips – Cristiano Ronaldo.
FERNANDO Torres described Spain's 1-0 victory over Germany in the Euro 2008 final last night as a dream come true after scoring the winner.
SPAIN, long regarded as one of sport's great chokers, finally showed themselves to be winners at last.
FERNANDO Torres was the hero for Spain last night, firing the nation to Euro 2008 glory against Germany in Vienna and ending 44 years of underachievement.
THE presence of Scotland and England would enhance the finals of Euro 2012, according to Uefa president, Michel Platini.
EURO 2008 will be remembered as the tournament where football rediscovered its soul.
SPAIN ARE known as the perennial bottlers of international football but there has been little sign of that so far in these championships.
IT WOULD be tempting to describe the Germans as the luckiest team ever to get to a major international championship final.
MAYBE HIS fitted white shirts haven't been sweaty enough; his luxuriant, sculpted black barnet all-too-lacking in life-lived white or bare patches, and his age and pedigree just too darn in-between. Whatever, it has required Joachim Löw to become one of the last two team leaders standing at Euro 2008 for the Germany coach to attract the sort of fascination and froth previously reserved for the profusely perspiring Fatih Terim, round-the-block blokes such as final foe Luis Aragones, Guus Hi
DAVID VILLA, their top scorer, is injured; the best striker they have left, Fernando Torres, has managed only one goal in his last five hours of international football; and their most vaunted forward of recent times, Raul, is sitting back in Madrid. And yet somehow Spain go into this evening's Euro 2008 final as favourites. The declining importance of the centre-forward could hardly be more sharply illustrated.
IF GREECE'S unexpected, unspectacular success four years ago was a reward for defensive organisation, whoever triumphs in tonight's final will be rewarded for positive thinking and a will to win
SPAIN insist the likely absence of injured striker and tournament top goalscorer David Villa will not stop them winning the nation's first tournament in 44 years when they take on Germany in the European Championship final tomorrow night.
RUSSIA coach Guus Hiddink, who has a contract up to the World Cup in two years' time, feels his team will be stronger following their 3-0 defeat to Spain.
TURKEY coach Fatih Terim will remain in his post and lead the country to the 2010 World Cup, the Turkish Football Federation said yesterday.
THE playing surface at the Ernst Happel Stadium for the Euro 2008 final between Spain and Germany is expected to be in excellent condition despite the spectacular thunderstorms of the past few days.
ITALIAN referee Roberto Rosetti will complete a unique double tomorrow, taking charge of the Euro 2008 final 22 days after refereeing the opening game.