Iberians won the European Championships U19 after they defeated Greece in the last act of the competition. And this happened just two weeks after La Furia Roja managed to make history by being the first team in football history who managed to win three international trophies in a row: EURO 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.
The only goal of the match was scored by Jesé Rodríguez in the 80th minute.
Spain has preserved the title won in 2011 in Romania, and reached to six European championships won by the establishment of the competition in 2002. In the 11 editions of the European Championship Under 19, Spain won the tournament six times and once was a finalist.
Russia has already begun preparations for the World Cup 2018, competition they will host. The first step of the Russian Football Federation is to find a coach, so the big names such as Roberto Mancini, Pep Guardiola and Rafa Benitez have been spread by people of Russian football.
Russian Minister of Sport, Vitaly Mutko, revealed the name of the coach who is currently in Moscow to negotiate the contract with the Russian Federation: Fabio Capello. Read more
Barcelona has taken one player this summer but is forced to cede him.
Barca has failed! Ultimately, Catalans had to give up and let Jordi Alba to go with the Spain Olympic team, so the player will miss all the summer training with his new colleagues. Moreover, as Jordi Alba was and at the Euro 2012, the left defender has only a few days of holiday.
Barcelona officials tried to persuade coach Luis Milla and coach Vicente del Bosque. Finally, they have dropped, thinking that it would damage player’s career if he miss. Read more
Spain won the European Championship in Ukraine and Poland, confirming its supremacy on the international football scene and managing the historical triple: Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012.
La Roja equaled the German Federal Republic, the only nation that has played three consecutive finals, within four years, between 1972 and 1976.
Spain has now in its record three European titles, after those won in 1964 and 2008.
Italy, winner in 1968, suffered the second defeat in the Euro final, after the one in France, in 2000. Read more
Italy qualified in the Euro 2012 final, despite the scandal that erupted before the final tournament and despite all predictions that not gave the Squdra Azzurra among the favorites.
Italy hadn’t at all an easy match against Germany in their semifinals, and Prandelli’s players were in strings at the end of the game, when the Germans reduced the difference. Finally, Balotelli’s “double” has proved to be decisive, so, that penalty converted by Ozil in injury time not changed the fate of the match.
Italy captain, Gianluigi Buffon, made a real nervous breakdown immediately after the final whistle, accusing his colleagues of lack of combativeness. Read more
Super Mario Balotelli was the man of the semifinal against Germany, with two goals in the first half.
The penultimate match of the EURO 2012, the 30th of the tournament. On the National Arena in Warsaw, Prandelli’s Italy try the miracle: to stop the final provided by all amateurs and professionals before the Euro 2012: Germany vs. Spain.
The eccentric, controversial and unfailing “Super Mario”, present in the daily news or media world. With England he exasperated all Italians, failed from all positions, but he revenged in the match against Germany. Two goals in one half and an exact performance. It was Balotelli’s night, even if we had wronged Cassano, Pirlo or Montolivo. Read more
Psychological war between the Spanish and Portuguese began a few days before the EURO 2012 semifinals, and the preferred topic of discussion is the fatigue accumulated by players and the rest between the matches disputed to Euro. The subject was opened by Vicente Del Bosque: “We have two days less to rest than they. It is a small handicap for us.” He was immediately charged by Cristiano Ronaldo, who believes that Spaniards are already searching for alibis for a possible defeat. “Three days of rest between two matches are more than enough. And they had four. It is true, we had two more days, but players are professionals and should know that this is not very important” said Real Madrid star. Read more
“I’m available as long as coach Roy Hodgson needs me”
Captain Steven Gerrard denied on Monday in Krakow the rumors that would withdraw from the England national team, a day after their elimination from the European Championship quarter-finals in Ukraine and Poland.
“I talked to coach Roy Hodgson and I said I’m available as long as he needs me. I was glad to be captain of England, I like to have responsibilities. I took advantage of every moment and I gave all I had better, “said Gerrard, the 32-year-old Liverpool captain. Read more