Monday, June 30, 2008

Spain Won

Euro 2008 will go down in soccer history as the tournament of entertainment, the summer when the Beautiful Game rediscovered its beauty.

It was only fitting then that, at the end of a championship that gathered momentum in its third day and never let it slip, this spectacular event got the victor it deserved.

Spain’s 1-0 victory over Germany on Sunday ended a 44-year drought for the proud nation, but on the wider scale it was a triumph for attacking football and for the game itself.

The World Cup in 2006 was a wondrous celebration, but at times it was agonizingly defensive. In terms of the regularity of exciting games and positive play, Euro 2008 stands alone in recent memory, with only Euro 2000 coming close.

Cast in the role of talented underachiever, Spain, for once, refused to succumb to the pressure and swept through the event with a style and rhythm that delighted its fans and seduced the neutrals.

“It was a long time since a team playing that kind of beautiful football had that kind of success,” Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas told reporters after the game. “Finally good football has the success it deserves.”

Spain wasn’t stifled by Germany and it put on a masterful performance. The biggest surprise was that Fernando Torres’ 33rd-minute chip turned out to be the only goal.

Luis Aragones’ team had several more chances to add to the lead as the Spaniards carved through the German defense with superior touch and technique, and they remained true to their ethos of passing and possession right until the end. The final score was 1-0, but it was a thrashing.

4 comments:

Miah Laborte said...

I guess the slant-eye photo controversy doesn't stop Spain from ruling the court.

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