Spain deservedly won the final of Euro 2008, beating Germany 0-1, and have been crowned the European Champions. It is their first major trophy for 44 years so they’re all very happy about it.
They played the better football on the night, Germany looked all out of ideas. I’m very happy it wasn’t decided on penalties. Spain are quite a young team so it might be worth a bet on them as well as Russia for the next world cup in 2 years time.
Of my three Fantasy League teams, one would have finished 3rd, another would have finished bottom but the one I entered to the Super League actually finished 6th out of 11. Mid-table mediocrity, something I’m used to as a West Ham fan.
Now the championships are over, I have to come up with other ideas for posts in here! Mind you, the Olympics aren’t far away! He he.
EURO FINAL TRIVIA
Spain have won the European Championship for the second time. In 1964, they also lifted the trophy after beating the Soviet Union 2-1 in the final. In 1984, they also reached the final but lost 2-0 against France.
Just as Greece four years ago, Spain have kept clean sheets in all three knock-out rounds after the group phase.
As well as winning the European Championship three times (1972, 1980, 1996), Germany have now also lost three European Championship finals (1976, 1992, 2008).
With four goals, David Villa has become top scorer at Euro 2008 without having played in the final. That is the fewest goals for a European Championship top scorer since 1992, when Dennis Bergkamp, Tomas Brolin, Henrik Larsen and Karl-Heinz Riedle all scored three goals.
At the age of 38 years and 232 days, Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann became the oldest player ever to appear in the European Championship final, breaking the record set by Arnold Muhren (37 years, 23 days) in 1988.
At the age of 69 years and 337 days, winning coach Luis Aragones has become the oldest coach ever to appear in the final of a European Championship. Aragones is more than four years older than Otto Rehhagel (65 years, 327 days) was four years ago when Greece beat Portugal in the Euro 2004 final.