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 - Denmark’s overall triumph at Euro 1992 may have ranked as one of the genuine upsets in major football competitions open to national teams. The Danish Dynamite had not even qualified for the final tournament in neighbouring Sweden, however replaced Yugoslavia, which was caught up in a civil war. The Danes only barely scraped through the group, then stunned titleholders Holland in a penalty shootout. They carried their momentum into the final, in which they coasted to a 2-0 victory against Germany.