SPAIN IS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS 2008! CONGRADULATIONS!!! EURO 2008 is over! Spain is the champions, Germany takes silver medals, Turkey and Russia takes bronze. Perfect tournament we saw. Our congadulations to Spain! Thanks Austria and Switzerland for this EURO!
|Torres Clinches Euro 2008 For Spain|
Torres Clinches Euro 2008 For Spain
Spain overcame a nervy start to outclass and control Germany in a largely one-sided Euro 2008 final...
Despite starting off on the back foot and almost conceding a penalty, La Furia Roja were able to steady themselves and carve out a first half lead which was very seldom threatened as they dominated the match and delighted their fans in equal measure. It was a merited tournament win for Spain - their first since 1964 - and an opportunity lost for a German side that wanted for a final ball and defensive stability.
Die Nationalelf had a full squad available after Michael Ballack recovered in time to make the squad, and he lined up in attacking midfield with Schweinsteiger and Podolski to either side of him. Klose began up front, while Fernando Torres did likewise for a Spanish side bereft of David Villa. Francesc Fаbregas supported him, while Xavi, Iniesta and Silva comprised the rest of the attacking midfield. Iker Casillas captained the side from in goal.
After just two minutes Sergio Ramos committed a grave error, inexplicably gifting the ball to the oncoming Miroslav Klose. To the Spaniard's relief, though, the Bayern man strode into the box and overtouched the ball, which rolled harmlessly wide.
Overall the early stages saw die Nationalelf cme purposefully up the flanks, although there was little end product, even as Michael Ballack managed to whip in a cross (albeit a wayward one.)
Eventually they did register a shot on target eight minutes in. With yet another attack coming down the left that culiminated in a Klose shot from the edge of the area. Casillas, though, stooped to easily save the effort.
Spain, missing the movement of Villa up front, were largely reduced to the long ball game, while Germany made hay against what was a midfield more apt to stand off than tackle - Ballack looked particularly active in such an environment.
But with their first fluid move of the match, Spain came inches away from scoring. After a fine passing move through Torres and Xavi, Iniesta was gifted to a fine through ball into the left-hand side of the box. Touching the ball past Mertesacker (almost inadvertently), he attempted to play it across goal, only for Christoph Metzelder to get there first - and deflect it goalward. To his relief Jens Lehmann stretched acrobatically to save.
La Furia Roja were emboldened but still struggled to make too much of an impact in front of goal, with Fаbregas also somewhat slow to get involved. But yet again when they did manage to get into the final third, they oh-so nearly made it count. The ever-energetic Sergio Ramos - further forward than might have been anticipated against Germany - launched a cross to the far post, where Fernando Torres manager to tower above Friedrich and head the ball towards goal. With Lehmann unable to reach it, the ball clattered off the post and broke to Capdevila, who shot wide.
For a final the match was becoming remarkably open, and the opener could have come 28 minutes in. Many, in fact, will say that it should have. Capdevila, prior to making a clearance, appeared to handle the ball in the box after tapping it up off his foot, leading to fervent protests from the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger. Referee Roberto Rosetti, though, declined to blow his whistle.
Five minutes later, though, and Spain were in the lead. It was simple yet beautiful: a 1-2-3 pass move down the middle starting with Marcos Senna before reaching Xavi. The Barcelona man then weighted an absolutely magnificent through ball for Fernando Torres, who outmuscles Lahm and chipped the ball deftly over the onrushing Lehmann into the far corner of the net.
It should have been 2-0 seconds later after Iniesta broke down the left, performed his trademark across Mertesacker, and clipped a cross to the onrushing Silva. Completely unmarked, the Valencia man needlessly ballooned a volley over the bar when he had ample time in which to control the ball and test the 'keeper.
Spain's euphoria was tangible, and in truth they Germany had begun to fade after their dominant spell in the opening ten minutes while their counterparts grew in confidence.
Ugly scenes erupted 41 minutes in Ballack hacked down Fаbregas; in the end Ballack, as well as Spain captain Iker Casillas, were booked for their part inthe drama. But there was to be little more action of note in the first period as the half ended after another fine Xavi-Iniesta counter.
Philipp Lahm, so convincingly beaten at Torres' goal, was hooked at half-time in favour of Marcell Jansen, but otherwise the teams came out unchanged.
Spain started the brighter side, but there were to be relatively few chances. Indeed, Germany were to enjoy the first as Jansen, a positive influence, managed to play the ball to Podolski, but the Polish-born forward was dispossessed just before pulling the trigger. La Furia Roja launched a counter, and Lehmann had to be at his best to force the corner after a Xavi shot. From the resulting corner Silva eventually played it through to Sergio Ramos, but the right-back could make no contact.
The Spaniards once again strode forward just a minute later, and with Mertesacker nowhere Torres was once again played through on goal. This time, though, Lehmann slid in well to save, much to the Liverpool forward's frustration.
The otherwise-impressive Puyol was then caught out after a passing move across the edge of the Spanish box that culminated in a shot for Ballack. Casillas reacted slightly late, but the ball inched wide anyway.
On came Xabi Alonso for Francesc Fаbregas as Spain changed shape. With Germany committing men forward the Furia Roja had to adapt, and thus they did by going 4-2-4-1, Xabi alongside Senna. After another half-chance for the Germans, there was more disciplinary drama as Podolski and Silva clashed off the ball. The German took issue with Silva's pulling him down and squared up to him. The Valencia man reacted by jutting his head forward, although the referee decided not to deem it a headbutt.
Silva was in any case withdrawn seconds later in favour of Santi Cazorla, and Spain renewed their offensive. Metzelder committed handball 30 yards out, and with relatively few staying back for it, it was a quiet box that met the delivery. It was a wonderfully taken free-kick by Xavi, and dreadfulyl defended by Germany, who played Sergio Ramos onside. The young Real Madrid man dived to meet the ball, but his header was saved brilliantly by Lehmann.
Lehmann was called into action again as the final 20 minutes approached, although it seemed that his evening was becoming quieter as Fernando Torres, booked, was substituted off for Daniel Gьiza.
Germany, meanwhile, brought on Gomez for Klose as they committed men up front. In doing so, though, they merely afforded Spain a vast amount of space on the break and left their forwards stranded. The Roja almost took full advantage 81 minutes in after a mazy run by Senna - no doubt relieved to be given the freedom to surge forward and pass to Cazorla for a great cross to Gьiza. The Mallorca man cut the ball back across goal, but the onrushing Senna
missed the ball by inches with the goal at his mercy.
Spain were well and truly in control as they reacted well to Germany's tactical change and kept the frazzled Nationalelf back four in disarray. Few would have been surprised if they managed a second, and as a solo Daniel Gьiza somehow managed to force a corner despite being surrounded by four defenders it actually seemed inevitable.
With few men in the box the corner originally seemed set to come to little, but it was cut back once again to Senna, striding forward, but this time the Brazil-born midfielder won a free-kick 25 yards out. Xavi, though, sclaffed it over the top.
The probability of a second goal lessened as the match wore on, and indeed there was high drama at the other end as the whistle blew in the box, but in fact the referee saw a foul on Capdevila and not Schweinsteiger.
Spain, then, were able to run down the clock in relative comfort as Germany's belief evaporated. The colossus of European trophy-getting, then, were left worn and defeated by the side that had all too often in the past flattered to deceive. The fans saw what so many in football wryly remarked they'd never see again: Spain lifted a trophy as European Champions.
SPAIN 1-0 GERMANY
1-0 Torres 33'
SPAIN: Casillas (c); Sergio Ramos, Marchena, Puyol, Capdevila; Senna; Iniesta, Xavi Hernбndez, Cesc Fаbregas (Xabi Alonso 63); Silva (Cazorla 65); Torres (Gьiza 77).
Subs Not Used: Palop, Reina, Albiol, Fernando Navarro, Villa, Sergio Garcнa, Arbeloa, Juanito, de la Red.
GERMANY: Lehmann; Friedrich, Mertresacker, Metzelder, Lahm (Jansen 46); Frings, Hitzlsperger (Kuranyi 57); Schweinsteiger, Ballack (c), Podolski; Klose (Gomez 78).
Subs Not Used: Enke, Adler, Fritz, Westermann, Rolfes, Neuville, Trochowski, Borowski, Odonkor.
Yellow Cards: Casillas 42, Torres 74 - Ballack 42, Kuranyi 87.
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)
-Whistle!This is all!
90'Spain controls a ball and attack. Very awful game for Germany. Spain plays absolutely perfect.
90'3 minutes added.
90'Penalty?! No! Schweinsteiger fouls in attack.
89'Cazorla intercepts pass from Jansen. Poor play by Germany, very poor.
88'Bad tackle by Kuranyi! Yellow card for him by Rosetti.
87'Offside for Kevin Kuranyi.
86'Xavi strikes too far away.
85'Kuranyi commits a foul near the penalty area.
84'Guiza was alone near penalty area and delivers a corner! Great play.
83'No attacks by Germany this minutes, unbelieveble!
82'Guiza is lying on the pitch.
81'Surprisingly Spain controls a ball.
80'What a moment near Germans goal! Senna can't touch a ball after Guiza pass.
79'Capdevilla strikes from narrow angle. Lehmann takes it.
78'Mario Gomes comes on for Klose. Risky substitution by Low.
77'Torres now goes into a bench, Guiza comes in.
76'One-touch combination by Alonso and Torres ends by corner to Spain.
75'Simple attacks by Germany we see.
74'Torres is booked!
73'Bad cross by Jansen. Awful play by Germany last minutes.
72'Frings crosses long from target.
71'Ramos commuts a foul near penalty area.
70'Xavi is flagged for offside.
69'What a play by Jens Lehmann! He saves another time after Iniesta shot. Score must be 0-4 after this attacks!
68'Spain can't score another time! Iniesta strikes, Frings saves it from the line!!
67'Dangerous free kick! Ramos strikes from perfect position! Lehmann saves!
66'Cazorla comes on for David Silva. Not a good game for "Valencia" player.
65'Silva hits Podolski! Not a fair play for David, Rosetti didn't see it. Nervous plays up.
64'Fаbregas leaves a field. Alonso comes on.
63'Schweinsteiger strikes! Ball touches Klose and comes out the field.
62'Arm-ball by Torres.
61'Ballack crosses from left wing, Casilllas loses ball and saves it seconds later.
60'Kuranyi is very active. Good start for him.
59'Germans answer! Ballack strikes, Casillas makes a save.
58'Ramos shots from narrow angle. Very dangerous!
57'Kuranyi comes on for Hitzlsperger. Low tries to strengthen his attack.
56'Klose commits a foul.
55'One on one moment! Lehmann takes a ball from Torres legs. Perfect chance for Spain.
54'Xavi strikes into the bottom corner. Lehmann touches it. Spain takes the corner.
53'Good moment for Spain! Ramos can't hit a ball on the goalkeeper line.
52'Jansen makes a bad pass into attack.
51'Klose islying on the pitch. Marchena hits him. Medics comes in, and now all is OK with German striker.
50'Klose is flagged for offside.
49'Rough play in the start of the second half, a lot of fouls.
48'Iniesta commits a foul on Podolski.
47'Germany attacks from the left wing. Podolski makes bad pass to Jansen.
46'The second half begins!
46'Lahm comes out, may be because of his mistakes. Jansen substitutes him.
The first half ends!
GERMANY – SPAIN 0:1 after 45 minutes!
45'1 minute is added.
44'Iniesta dribbles in the penalty area, tries to cross but defenders kicks a ball to a corner.
43'Casillas and Ballack are booked. Captains have yellow cards for talking with referee.
42'Another foul by Ballack. Michael is very active tonight.
41'Bastian shots from long distance, too far away.
40'Two corners to Germany, Spain takes them easily.
39'Hitzlsperger shots a good free kick, Casillas beat it to corner.
38'Germany tries to attack from the left, not good for them.
37'Ballack have some problems with eyebrow, it is bleeding. He comes on, but Rossetti sends him to medics.
36'Abortively free kick by Bastian Schweinsteiger.
35'Poor Germany, their leader Michael Ballack is lying out of the pitch.
34'Perfect moment to Spain. Silva shots too badly from 11-metres area.
33'GO-O-O-A-A-AL! 0-1! Torres! What a mistake!!! Pass from the centre by Xavi, awful mistake by Lahm and Torres strikes into Germans net!
31'Active game we see, dear football supporters!
30'After replay we saw that Capdevilla touch a ball by his arm. Huge mistake by Rosetti!
29'Mertesacker loses a ball into the corner. He is too nervous.
28'Another foul by Ballack.
27'Podolski tries to run on the left wing and loses a ball.
26'Capdevilla crosses from left, Lehmann takes it.
25'Ballack shots to Ramos, come into view that he plays hand. After replay we manage that there was no foul.
24'Corner to Germany, Schweinsteiger makes a bad cross.
23'Capdevilla strikes from 25 metres, near the post! Spain have an initiative this minutes.
22'Perfect cross by Ramos, Torres was first on the ball, he kicks it to the post! What a moment! Lucky for Germany.
21'Xavi is on the pitch. Ballack tackles.
20'Torres shots by head, far away from target.
19'Metzelder fouls near penalty area. It might be dangerous!
18'Torres was in the penalty area, tries to dribble. He did it a bit clumsy.
17'Xavi makes a bad free kick. Ball in the Lehmann's hands.
16'Frings fouls in the centre.
15'Lehmann! What a save! Iniesta crosses from left wing and Metzelder kick Europass to the own net! Jens Lehmann makes enormous save!
14'To hard for Spain to play without Villa. Torres looks alone in the Spanish attack.
13'Casillas intercepts cross from Friedrich.
12'Marchena loses ball to a corner.
11'Long throw to Torres, defenders plays perfect. Germany is better in the first minutes.
10'Ramos makes mistake after mistake. He is nervous. Germans see it and attack from the left time after time.
9'Hitzlsperger shots! Casillas takes it easily.
8'Perfect dribbling by Ballack on the left. He makes a cross, which is too long from target.
7'Another offside. Capdevilla was to fast on the left.
6'Not a good cross from the left wing, goal kick to Spain.
5'First offside to Fernando Torres.
4'Very calm and slow game in the first minutes, it is logically. It is final!
4'Ramos makes awful pass, Klose intercepts it but he can't make a shot.
3'Spain controls a ball on their own half. Fans are whistling.
2'Torres makes a first try to attack German defenders.
1'Spain kick off, and they will attack from right to left in the first half. Spanish kit is red-black, German is white-black.
-We hear the anthems of Spain and Germany.
-Players now on the field.
-Enrique Iglesias is signing now! Good music, must say!
-Beautiful show we see on the field. Great organization on this EURO!
-Roberto Rosetti from Itely is a referee tonight.
1 Jens Lehmann
3 Arne Friedrich
7 Bastian Schweinsteiger
8 Torsten Frings
11 Miroslav Klose
13 Michael Ballack
15 Thomas Hitzlsperger
16 Philipp Lahm
17 Per Mertesacker
20 Lukas Podolski
21 Christoph Metzelder
12 Robert Enke
23 Renй Adler
2 Marcell Jansen
4 Clemens Fritz
5 Heiko Westermann
6 Simon Rolfes
14 Piotr Trochowski
18 Tim Borowski
9 Mario Gуmez
10 Oliver Neuville
19 David Odonkor
22 Kevin Kuranyi Spain squad:
1 Iker Casillas
4 Carlos Marchena
5 Carles Puyol
6 Andrйs Iniesta
8 Xavi Hernбndez
9 Fernando Torres
10 Cesc Fаbregas
11 Joan Capdevila
15 Sergio Ramos
19 Marcos Senna
21 David Silva
13 Andrйs Palop
23 Pepe Reina
2 Raъl Albiol
3 Fernando Navarro
18 Бlvaro Arbeloa
7 David Villa
12 Santi Cazorla
14 Xabi Alonso
22 Rubйn de la Red
16 Sergio Garcнa
17 Daniel Gьiza
Many observers and football functionaries favorites in this match already recorded Trust Don Luis. Molev, wards Aragonesa game show "class". But not always be "appointed" favorites are winners. Plus Bundestim "is that they have much more experience of these meetings, yes, and besides, they played in a pragmatic, defensive football. I think that there are two options for the outcome of the match. If the Spaniards will be able to "close" players "Mannshaft" as they did with the Russians (but in this I do not believe!), Waiting for their success in Otherwise, the Germans through a viscous, is sequenced playing good defense and using their "minimomentov" will prevail.
But the "Eagles" should pay particular attention to a fairly good physical condition "furiytsev" and prevent them play in their favourite style - in a short pass. Suffice it to remember how to play (and, equally important, as hammer Aragonesa team at this tournament) to understand what their strengths. Controlling the ball, team speed limit attentiveness in the defense and pressure in the center of the field. But in the fight happened chetvertfinalnom what fans have waited so long team - earned the right flank. Sergio Ramos "came to himself and opened another front" attack. Recognize this "reincarnation" seviltsa? Is it not the realities? not only for me was the unexpected. The first matches of the tournament Ramos frankly not impressive, and this applies even those components of the game, which is traditionally regarded as strengths of Sergio: power struggles and connect to the attacks. But after stories with the conflict Ramos and Aragonesa caused by the fact that the player was seen in a nightclub Switzerland, it seemed that football player in this Championship "spectrum". But his game defender proved all that wanted. Well, what do so and should act this man.
Besides Ramos, to the final peak form Championship got a few more players. The best player in the fight against the Russia national team Andreas was found Inesta. As no pity, but stands to accept that in the meeting, he was inimitable, manifesting itself perfectly to the positions raspasovschika, conductor attacks. On the left edge confident tune up Joan Kapdevila. And finally to find the application Sesku Fabregasu. And inmates "Barcelona" (whom many in the general composition of team) should be given special attention. Starting tournament in stock, Sesk can become one of the heroes of the tournament. The point is that because of Villa received in the game with Russians injury, probably will skip the finale. But it may either replace Fabri, either Guisa. If kouch will decide in favor of Guisy, by the way, the best scorer of examples in the past season, but we will not forget that this is, moreover, sverhmotivirovanny offense. He may "useful" and podygryshe play, and if possible can forget, it is also dangerous blows at an average distance. Given that the centre of defence Germans will consist of vysochennyh and not very fast Mertezakera with Mettselderom, these qualities Trust Aragonesa it is seized. If "in the launch" will be released Fabregas, it is "razvyazhet hands" Torres. Nando because, in essence, "offensive penalty." Indeed, at this tournament "El Nino" just scored a goal and assisting more and more partners. Sesk probably will not play at the position Vili, he will likely attack from inside (provided that will insure its rear half strongholds). All this together will add the Spanish national team and the speed and unpredictability. And, in fact, the team will remain only one drawback: defense in the performance standards opponent. Yes, and Puyol and Marchena championship played at a much more reliable than in the Spanish championship, but they should not forget scorer Haristeasa score the goal Kasilyasa in the third group match. Recall to understand that the enemy in the performance standards, pireneytsy "absorbing" steadily emerging as a result of the fires have not learned. And absolutely everything! players. Not forgotten, as the Swedes managed to "deprive the ball" players "Furii"? Total: monitor progress if the game clearly in choosing to work the ball, not to give Spaniards space - then all in the hands of an opponent.
Yet in the final of the team that is considered a favorite Aragonesa. The first group winner at the Euro-2008, not off, as all the other winners in groups, at the stage of the quarter. And this is besides that, for the third match was exhibited kouchem "poludubliruyuschy" composition. Summarizing all this note that for the first time in 44 years, Spaniards went to the final of the Continental Championship. Besides tutor provided almost everything, even the force was able to calculate their players, moving to the final, at the peak of their form. And critics forced umolknut (as many have forgotten about Raul).
same German team is determined to prove that the ability to achieve good results even outside the walls of their home - I mean the third place team at the World Cup-2006. Of course, two years ago, the Germans looked stronger and played better. And once nastorazhivaet that playing against teams Leva, some opponents into an asset write a best matches. I am referring to Croats and Turks. And because the language does not turn called Yogi bad tactics, but something is still the coach does not. While the team and rebuild in a position (which really did not expect the same Skolari), and to inspire trust deeds can. I think the fact is that national team players visibly lacks the notorious "physics". But fizpodgotovku responsible for the same coach who led the team still Klinsmann. And what is yet to explain uncertainty Mertezakera game? Since Mettselderom all-clear - the player almost the entire season recovering from the trauma. Well, as Lam? Philippe naoshibalsya with defensive forward two years, however, is compensating for effective connections to the attack. Nevertheless, against Ramos Lamu not stand. Jansen, by the way, too - now Marseilles plays a very pale. In a match with the Turks "levovtsy" won, as they say, "on the class." Unfortunately, disappeared ease, speed decreased. Whether played Rolfes, poorly acted "levoflangovtsy" traditionally not very strong centre of defence. Kasaemo vratarskoy position - is a separate conversation. Yes, Jens has played almost reliably, but what about the heart stops, when at its gates ro attack the enemy! Having glanced at the team statistics shows that all the errors were not collective and individual. And this can not but rejoice. After all, in case of error of one player, he can always help to reach his comrade. Yes, and somewhat weak at one position, footballer can fix the other. That's the decisive goal Lucas rescued him from the barrage of criticism over the game in general. Well, that would not spoken skeptics and critics, account - on board. Only now coaching headquarters should draw the necessary conclusions and to target command to another game. If "podtyanetsya" the left flank, at the level of play right, and Mertezaker Mettselder add speed and will not allow rapid Spanish attackers turn themselves in statistics, Lehmann:
Will the wards Aragonesa pereigrat Germans? If before the start of Championship Germans recorded in the three potential winners, the Spanish team was such a "luzerom" failed prestigious competitions.
Having a good match against hiddinkovtsev ", the Spanish team gained more confidence fraction. While the second time showed the game quite so predictable: played "second issue", densely guardianship rival players receiving the ball. His attack is conducted through individual skill. Predictability that Aragones will make a final bid to saturation and discipline and in poluzaschite, and in the centre of defence. So, despite the time being "favouritism" Spaniards, they will be difficult to cope with the busy center poluzaschity Germans, where play Frings and Ballack. Even his "child star" Fernando Torres and good working flank. Plus Spaniards: to the same Don Luis lot of talented players and he knows how good they vary.
That is, we are waiting for confrontation not only prefabricated, and a duel trainers. Joachim Lion at this tournament has shown himself very literate tactics, and multiple variations of tactical scheme - its character. Having at his disposal are not stars, kouch able to build a solid team, and now leads her to victory. Aragones is under the same "his wing" is not something that providing a players' expectations, and stars. Kasilyas, Villa, Puyol. Sorry, but I will not enumerate a team!
I will not superfluous to note that at this championship judiciary, referred to as "17 - a team of the tournament, showed himself a reliable and cohesive team. On Sunday he will be presented to a worthy delegate in the person of Roberto Rozetti.
Official Euro-2008 song "Can You Hear Me?" before the final game will perform its author - Enrique Iglesias. Do not know whom he will be sick? Did someone forget that his father once there was a youth team goalkeeper "Real", but after the car was to withdraw from football? "Actually, I only wrote his song in order to get a chance to play in the championship final of Europe" - told the singer.
Who will raise the trophy over your head Henri Delone? The answer to this question has not wait.
bit of history, statistics and facts
funny, but for Germans it will be the sixth consecutive European championship finals. Why funny? Yes because the eve of the game with the Turks in their assets, they also have 6 (!) Semi. Three of the five matches Germans won. Won in 1972, 1980 and 1996, and ceded in 1976 and 1992. That is, played "cyclical": a victory-defeat. And since in 1996 they won, but now will have to lose? Not a fact!
Spaniards also received a gold only once. It was so in 1964, then in Madrid, he beat the USSR national team - 2:1. (I do not know how anyone, and I shall, that our football players SHOULD interrupt the game with a series of botched "Furiey"! But this slight digression). And in the final of the 1984 French Spaniards lost.
confrontation History demonstrates unequivocally in favour of the Germans. Between a team met 19 times: 8 times Germans celebrated the victory, 5 times - Spaniards, including the latest sparring in February 2003 at Mallorca, which ended in favor of the hosts - 3:1. Then for "Bundestim" played Arne Friedrich, Christoph Mettselder, Klose and Oliver Noyvill, but for "red" - Iker Casillas, Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernandez. Six matches ended in a draw. The difference balls: 26:21.
Incidentally, in the game Russia-Spain Germans something just sick over the Russians. Indeed, statistics showed prefabricated meetings in their favour. In 12 - ty previous matches, including fights commands Germany and the USSR, "Eagles" had won 8 times, twice lost the match 2 and played a draw. The last time they ceded in 1985 in the friendly match held in Moscow.
So, after the "reunification" Germans have won the continent's championship once - in 1996. In the Cup finals at the "Wembley" was poverzhena Czech team. Account in the meeting at 59 - opened the first minute Patrick Berger, clearly samples from 11 - metre mark, but for 17 minutes before the final whistle Birhoff first restored the status quo, then at the fifth minute of extra time golden goal scored. "After that," Eagles "not won a single match in the final stage of European championship." Mannshaft "three times and won the continental tournament on this indicator is ahead of all other teams. In the second place in this quiet national teams are competing team of France. She twice in 1984 and 2000 became the best in Europe.
Germany: Jens Lehmann - Arne Friedrich, Christoph Mettselder, Per Mertezaker, Philipp Lahm - Clement Fritz, Torsten Frings, Michael Ballack, Bastian Shvaynshtayger, Lukas Podolski - Miroslav Klose.
Spain: Iker Casillas - Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol, Carlos Marchena, Joan Kapdevila - Marcos Senna, Xavi Hernandez (Habi Alonso), Andreas Inesta, Sesk Fabregas, David Silva - Fernando Torres.
"The whole match with Russia Spaniards held at a good level. They have effectively proved that stronger. If the Spaniards on the go, they virtually impossible to select the ball. They show much more varied and flexible football than the Portuguese. Our observer was at match, and on Friday he will tell me all about rivals for the final. With regard to that before deciding we will fight for one more day of rest, but now it is hardly played any role. Do not most Spaniards energozatratny style of play, by all looks very easy, "- Joachim Lev.
"Spaniards play in the prestigious football. Throughout the tournament they showed perfect from the technical point of view of the game. Sbornaya Spain - far more unpredictable than the Portuguese. Defenders often join the attacks that rival Umma somebody. Is this what we saw yesterday game against Russia, "- said Bundestima mentor.
"This will be the perfect completion of the season. hard to imagine what a victory in the finals will be important to me. Throughout the season I had a misunderstanding with the chief coach of my club, but despite this, I am very glad that in the finals Continental Championship will represent the "Arsenal" - Jens Lehmann.
"Lehmann in excellent shape. Even if the German team to finish the tournament with the rank of champion, will not end this beautiful career Jens. With regard to the two heads of the match with the national team of Turkey, there Lehmann remained entirely without the help of their protectors" -- Franz Bekkenbauer.
"Players should come to the final, with a good mood and without shivering in the knees. Against Croatia, Turkey and Austria strongly players nervous and stupid mistakes admitted that there are not acceptable. But we hope that we play against Spain so freely, to the extent able to do. We have a large number of excellent players who can show that what they are capable, but if you approach to the match with Spain, you should give yourself a report that your opponent a little stronger than you. " In general, the style of play Spaniards built on the possession of the ball most of the match. We must play tightly, leaving them no place and no ottyagivayas ago, "- concluded Ollie.
"We have shown what options we have, even if to acknowledge that Spain ahead of us - Birhoff noticed during communication with reporters at today's Germans in Tenero train in southern Switzerland. - No, it was like before our quarter-with Portugal . Do not ever say that we are in something opponent to surrender, "- Oliver Birhoff.
"I think that Spaniards treat us with caution. They long for the first quarter broke the stage, and it may play a role. But this will be a great match, but in such meetings is always their laws. We see all games for rival the last three years and know what to expect from him, "- Mettselder.
"Even if I received several painful blows in the fight with the Turks, I felt nothing. - I am absolutely ready to go on the field and participate in every single. I do not know whether I trust place in the composition of our coach Joachim Leo, but I am ready to play at one hundred percent. Sbornaya Spain - a strong and tehnichnaya team that finds loopholes in poluzaschite opponent better than anyone else. You need to have on the Spaniards pressure and not allow them to play in his football, otherwise we will have very difficult ", -- Torsten Frings.
German Football players will receive record bonuses for bringing in the final of Euro-2008. Each player national team get from the German Football Federation (DFB) to 150 thousand euros. That amount will rise to 250 thousand euros if the Germans on June 29 will become the champions of Europe. The previous record bonus for German team made up of 100 thousand euros for the player for third place at the World Championship in 2006. German Football Federation has already received from UEFA bonus of 19 million euros for presentation at the European Championship team. In case of victory in the tournament Federation will receive a total of 22 million euros. In the semifinal of Euro-2008 team beat Germany on June 25 Turkish team with a score 3:2. The decisive goal on 90 - and scored a minute defender Philipp Lahm. In the final of Germans would oppose Spain. If the Euro-2008 finals wins Spain, the sorvet a "jackpot", as it won in all matches in group phase. Its revenues will be the maximum possible - 23 million euros. The Germans in case of victory will receive only 22 million, as losers in the group of Croats.
"In the future it would be pleased to hear the anthem judicial Brigade. That would be interesting. Of course, we will hear hymns prefabricated involved, but the match represented another team - the judicial," - Roberto Rozetti.
firm Adidas released 13 balls, specially designed for European championship final match to be held on Sunday at the stadium "Ernst Happel" Vienna. Assembled Spain and Germany will play balls grey, which will bear the names of teams-finalists, the date and venue of the crucial meeting.
June 29, King of Spain Juan Carlos I and his wife Sofia will visit the final match of Euro-2008, in which their country's national team will meet with the German national team. At the game will also be attended by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who arrives in Vienna immediately after the official visit to Denmark.
"We are very happy because we got to the finals, that many thought impossible. His goal, we were able to achieve through the work and dedication. Now we waiting for a match on Sunday. If you play in his usual style, all emerge successfully for us. In a game with Germany must be very careful. Of course, we are pleased that reached the finals, but we can not steam in the clouds, you need to stand firmly on the ground "- Kapdevila.
"We are very pleased that got to the finals and understand that brought great joy to all the Spanish fans. But that's not all. We are obliged to win the finals. Only in case of victory can say that we have fulfilled the task. Now we have make only one step, "- Silva.
"Yesterday, all Spain has experienced indescribable joy. I am sure that the entire country would like to find one in the dressing with the national team. Now the fans need to give solemn support team in the final match to become a worthy conclusion of the tournament," - Prince of Spain.