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The EUFA European Soccer Tournament has crowned its 2012 champion and to little surprise, it is Spain, or “Espana” as so many fans call the dominant squad.
Spain defeated an overmatched Italian team 4-0 in the Final last Sunday in Kiev, Ukraine.
The EUFA Tournament saw Group A number one Czech Republic fall to Group B number two Portugal in one quarterfinal and Group A number two Greece fell to Group B number one Germany in another. Group C number one Spain defeated Group D number two France in another quaterfinal and Group D number one England lost to Group C number two Italy on penalty kicks 4-2, after being tied in extra time 0-0, in the last of the quarterfinal matches.
One semi-final saw Group C number two Italy defeat Group B number one Germany 2-1 in a game dominated by 21-year old Mario Balotelli, who scored both “Azurri ” goals. Group C number one Spain defeated Group B number two Portugal on penalty kicks 4-2, after finishing extra time 0-0.
These semi-final games set up a Spain-Italy Final on Sunday, July 1st. Spain took an early lead and held a 2-0 lead at the intermission. The second half was a carbon copy of the first half and Spain defeated Italy 4-0. With this victory, the Spaniards have won three major tournaments in a row. Spain won the last EUFA European Soccer Tournament in 2008, the World Cup in 2010 and now the 2012 EUFA European Tournament again. I am certain the Spanish are claiming “dynasty.”
Published: July 05, 2012 – Volume 11 – Issue 12