Euro 2012 team of the tournament:
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Ita), Iker Casillas (Spa), Manuel Neuer (Ger)
Defenders: Gerard Pique (Spa), Fabio Coentrao (Por), Philipp Lahm (Ger), Pepe (Por), Sergio Ramos (Spa), Jordi Alba (Spa)
Midfielders: Daniele De Rossi (Ita), Steven Gerrard (Eng), Xavi (Spa), Andres Iniesta (Spa), Sami Khedira (Ger), Sergio Busquets (Spa), Mesut Ozil (Ger), Andrea Pirlo (Ita), Xabi Alonso (Spa)
Forwards: Mario Balotelli (Ita), Cesc Fabregas (Spa), Cristiano Ronaldo (Por), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Swe), David Silva (Spa)
To celebrate and wrap up a memorable UEFA EURO 2012, we headed to Kiev on 1st July to create an equally special film of the final day. Featuring the Spain players and fans watching the game in the spectacular Kiev Fanzone, the film was shot using super slow-motion cameras and cutting edge drone-mounted cameras operating high above the city.
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özil after the loss, germany 1 - italy 2
2012, Jul 1st | Spain - Italy | Claudio Marchisio and Andres Iniesta at the end of the game.
2012, Jul 1st | Spain - Italy | Gigi Buffon tries to comfort an inconsolable Leonardo Bonucci.
I’m going to staple my face
this needs to stop appearing on my dashboard because it hurts everytime and yet i feel the perverse masochistic desire to reblog and stare
For the second successive UEFA European Championship, Spain provided the winner of the Castrol EDGE Index, Sergio Ramos taking the honour in 2012 following a historic night at Kyiv’s Olympic Stadium.
The 26-year-old, who succeeds metronomic midfielder Xavi Hernández in topping the pile, climbed seven places to the summit courtesy of a display in which he was heavily involved at both ends of the field.
A cornerstone of the holders’ impenetrable defence, the Real Madrid CF man finished just ahead of club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, who had led the standings since the end of the group stage.
Ramos was in the thick of the action from the off against the Azzurri, having two efforts on goal – one a free-kick, the other a header – in the first seven minutes and four overall, two of which were on target. At the other end, a block from Andrea Barzagli and his retrieval of possession on 15 occasions swelled his match rating to 9.69, the third highest for a game at UEFA EURO 2012.
Ramos, ever-present in La Roja’s unprecedented third consecutive major tournament victory, was instrumental in Vicente del Bosque’s team keeping five consecutive clean sheets in Poland and Ukraine. The fourth of those came in the semi-finals, when he helped shackle Ronaldo, whose three goals and tournament-record 15 shots on target were responsible for the bulk of his overall 9.61 mark.