Better game than the one against England, seems like an interesting final. Of course, because Germany has a better team than England. Pirlo probably the best player of this competition so far.
Better finishing from Balotelli, the rest was about the same, I think. His second goal was very special, indeed. From a similar position to the chance Ronaldo missed at the end of the Portugal game (albeit with his weaker foot).
Why did Loew change his side so much. He seemed to be almost disregarding the opposition and showing the world how good his squad is instead. Italy deserved the win on a number of levels.
The odd thing is that when I look at the Italy team and the England team man-for-man, I don't see much difference except for Pirlo. The 'keepers are of the same level. I wouldn't say that any of the Italian defenders are better and I think that the striker options for England are better than their Italian counterparts. The Italian central midfielders are much better but the wing options England have look a lot more effective (on paper!).
But that shouldn't make so much difference to explain the huge gulf in the teams out of eleven players and obviously it doesn't.
Their tactics are spot on and have improved as the competition progressed.
Conclusion: Prandelli is fucking awesome at his job.
Yeah well, I considered this match to be the last at this competition for Italy, they proved me wrong, that's for one and even impressed me with their last game, that's two.
Another thing is Spain didn't really impress that much in their last game against Portugal, yes they won but it wasn't a brilliant game. When I started this thread I predicted that Spain will win the competition, so far they did their job and reached the finals, this being their final test.
I have the feeling that this game will be decided at penalties but either way it will end i really hope this will be the game we all waited for, an epic final to a competition that didn't really bring much surprises with the teams that advanced throughout the competition stages. Only one thing while the memory is still fresh, in my case Italy defeating Germany in this manner was a bit of a surprise for me personally, maybe not for others. Holland is already old news.
P.S. I wonder where Chinephilia is, missing his chance to throw in my face the fact that maybe he was right, haha
And they do their job.When have time, am watching on TV. My favourite team is Italy with Buffon as goalkeeper.
I'll give a conclusion to this thread I started, Spain confirmed their status as best team at the moment, can't say I'm satisfied with the over-all result that I guessed right because I expected to see something new, a surprise, but it was not the case. Spain dominated, not only the finals but the whole competition, like I said before, they deserve credits for that, second team at this competition was Germany in my opinion, I still regret not seeing a Spain - Germany final actually, kudos for Italy for reaching this far but i think Germany would have treated this final match differently..
In spite of the bad game in the finals from Italy, I think Pirlo was the best player in this competition, sincere congratulations for this great player.
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I'm going with Iniesta as the player of the tournament.
Can't be arsed to write much about the final except I was disappointed with the game as Italy didn't turn up and then it was ended as a contest prematurely when they were reduced to ten men.
My team of the Euro 2012.
I've seen somewhere a funny pic related to this final. It was something like this :
Italy reached this far...
4 nothing which as sarcastic as it is it's pretty much conclusive.