The Spaniard Andres Iniesta has been named the test player of the tournament. He was awarded a prize by a UEFA committee consisting of 11 persons. The 28-year old Spaniard has been also recognized the best Sunday final match player. After goals scored by Silva, Alba, Torres and Mata the Spanish team defeated Italians scoring 4:0. “Andrea Pirlo was magnificent; Xavi won the prize at the previous championships and could have repeated that success also this time. Xabi Alonso also played excellently and Iniesta gave a show of creativity,” said […]
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The representation of Spain, defending the title of a champion, the absolute number one favourite and leader in the FIFA rankings, two-time winner of the European Championship in 1964 and 2008, will compete to win the most valuable trophy in Europe for the ninth time. Spain easily and expectedly advanced to the Euro 2012, winning all eight games and losing only six goals. Spain’s top scorer turned to be David Villa. The author of seven goals along with Fernando Torres will be the team’s main force in the attack. Additionally, […]
Iker Casillas, Spain national team goalkeeper, equaled the world record of Dutchman Edwin van der Sar in the number of matches without a goal. The match with Venezuela (5-0) was the 72nd match with no goal scored. The “Marca” newspaper reported that after Wednesday’s triumph the 30-year-old Casillas needs only one victory to reach the record of Lilian Thuram, who in the matches with France gain victory 94 times in 142 matches. Casillas, who has been in Real Madrit since 1999 (first-team debut) has played 128 matches so far. The […]
Already considered one of soccer’s greats at age 24, Lionel Messi on Monday became the first to win FIFA player of the year three times in a row. The Barcelona and Argentina forward received the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for 2011, beating club teammate Xavi Hernandez and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. “It’s a huge honor,” Messi said after accepting the trophy from retired Brazilian great Ronaldo. The only other three-time winners are Ronaldo (1996-97, 2002) and Zinedine Zidane (1998, 2000, 2003). The FIFA award was renamed last year when it […]
Spanish media had mixed feelings after Spain’s Euro opener with Italy ended in a draw on Sunday. Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Italy in the Euro 2012 Group C opener produced bittersweet feelings in Spain. On the one hand, their was a sense of relief that the world champions managed to battle out a draw, thanks to an equalizer from Cesc Fabregas just three minutes’ after Antonio Di Natale had given Italy the lead. However, there was also disappointment that Fernando Torres wasted several good chances at the end to give […]