FOOTBALL - Andrés Iniesta has been named Best Player of Euro 2012 by UEFA. The mercurial Spanish midfielder was also one of only two players (Italy’s Andrea Pirlo being the other) in the tournament to pick up three Man of the Match awards - in both matches against Italy and in the encounter with Croatia. Iniesta takes over from teammate Xavi, who scooped up these honours at Euro 2008.
FOOTBALL - Spain and Italy are back to where Euro 2012 started for them. These countries met in the group stage, where they drew 1-1. This is fifth occasion in history of Euros, on which the same two teams have played each other the in group stage and also in the knockout stage.
FOOTBALL - Fernando Torres is hoping to become the first player to score in more than one European Championship Final. He can also join three German players that have all scored two goals in a ECh final, however they all scored three goals in the same final. They are Gerd Müller (1972), Horst Hrubesch (1980) and Oliver Bierhoff (1996).
FOOTBALL - Italy are aiming for their second European Championship title and their sixth crown in European Championships and World Cups. If the Azzurri succeed, they will equal the continental record by Germany, formerly West Germany. Spain are bidding to win their fourth trophy at EChs and WCs.
FOOTBALL - Vicente Del Bosque can become the sixth coach to reach the final of a European Championship and a World Cup and is hoping to join Italy’s Feruccio Valcareggi (1968, 1970), Germany’s Helmut Schön (1966, 1972, 1974, 1976), Germany’s Jupp Derwall (1980, 1982), Holland’s Rinus Michels (1974, 1988) and Brazil’s Luiz Felipe Scolari (2002, 2004).
FOOTBALL - We could see penalty shootouts for the first time at Euro 2012 matches and we have made a prediction on what is going on in the minds of each penalty taker. We will present all eight goalkeepers with a penalty cheat sheet. Click Read More to see Joe Hart’s. He is hoping to stop Italy.