European Championships 2008

European Championships 2008

Pass-master Xavi is voted player of the tournament

UEFA's team of technical experts, headed by former Scotland coach Andy Roxburgh, have voted Xavi Hernandez player of Euro 2008.

Spain united in joy as Euro 2008 victory proves Aragones has healed old divisions

MATCH-WINNER Fernando Torres hailed Spain's Euro 2008 success as "a great victory for a whole country". It is an assessment which perfectly sums up why on Sunday, 29 June in Vienna, after so many years of perceived underachievement, 'La Furia Roja' banished 44 years of bad memories.

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Bitter Lehmann accuses referee of 'bias', but most of his fellow Germans take defeat in good spirit

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.

Torres helps Spain to their ole Grail

SPAIN finally shrugged off their tag of world football's biggest under-achievers, and they did it with some style.

Star names are outshone by Iniesta

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.

Torres: Football is the winner, not only Spain

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.

Early nerves subside as better team master German rivals

SPAIN, long regarded as one of sport's great chokers, finally showed themselves to be winners at last.

Germany 0 - 1 Spain: Torres ends 44 years of hurt as Spain see off Germany

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.

Scotland and England would add quality, says Platini

THE presence of Scotland and England would enhance the finals of Euro 2012, according to Uefa president, Michel Platini.

A tournament that put fun back into football

EURO 2008 will be remembered as the tournament where football rediscovered its soul.

No sign of stage fright from flair side oozing confidence

SPAIN ARE known as the perennial bottlers of international football but there has been little sign of that so far in these championships.

Goalscoring midfielders hold the key for Germany

IT WOULD be tempting to describe the Germans as the luckiest team ever to get to a major international championship final.

Highs and Löw

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

Absolutely Fabregas

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.

A positive joy to watch: Euro 2008 has shown us all how to play football

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 sure they can live without Villa

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.

Hiddink says Russia set up for future

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 insist Terim will remain for World Cup

TURKEY coach Fatih Terim will remain in his post and lead the country to the 2010 World Cup, the Turkish Football Federation said yesterday.

Pitch perfect despite storms in Vienna

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.

Referee started and will finish Euros

ITALIAN referee Roberto Rosetti will complete a unique double tomorrow, taking charge of the Euro 2008 final 22 days after refereeing the opening game.

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