UEFA Euro 2012… Awards time!

After 23 days of football, now let’s see who received what awards…

UEFA EURO 2012 Team of the Tournament

by the UEFA Technical Team:

Goalkeepers:

  • Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) 
  • Iker Casillas (Spain)
  • Manuel Neuer (Germany).
Goalkeeper of Italy, Gianluigi Buffon (L) saves a penalty shoot-out by England’s Ashley Cole (R) during their quater-final match at Kyiv, Ukraine.

Defenders:

  • Gerard Piqué (Spain)
  • Fábio Coentrão (Portugal)
  • Philipp Lahm (Germany)
  • Pepe (Portugal)
  • Sergio Ramos (Spain)
  • Jordi Alba (Spain)
Gerard Pique of Spain in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Midfielders:

  • Daniele de Rossi (Italy)
  • Steven Gerrard (England)
  • Xavi Hernández (Spain)
  • Andrés Iniesta (Spain)
  • Sami Khedira (Germany)
  • Sergio Busquets (Spain)
  • Mesut Özil (Germany)
  • Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
  • Xabi Alonso (Spain)
Steven Gerrard of England (L) vies the ball with France’s Samir Nasri (R) during their first match in the tournament at Donetsk, Ukraine.
Germany’s Mesut Ozil skips round the challenge of Greece’s Kostas Katsouranis in the Euro 2012 quarter-final match at Gdansk, Poland.

Forwards:

  •  Mario Balotelli (Italy)
  • Cesc Fàbregas (Spain)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)
  • David Silva (Spain)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores a spectacular volley for Sweden’s opener against France during their third match in the tournament in Kyiv, Ukraine.

UEFA EURO 2012 Best Player of the Tournament

by the UEFA Technical Team

  • Andrés Iniesta (Spain)
Andres Iniesta (R) in action during their third match of the tournament at Gdansk, Poland against Croatia.

Castrol EDGE Index Award

by Castrol Edge:

  • Sergio Ramos (Spain)
Sergio Ramos’s chipped penalty in the shoot-out against Portugal was symbolic of Spain’s belief during their semi-final match at Donetsk, Ukraine.

Adidas Golden Boot Award

by Adidas:

  • Fernando Torres (Spain)
Fernando Torres struck twice as Spain routed Republic of Ireland 4-0 during their second match of the tournamen in Gdansk, Poland.

In Pictures: UEFA EURO 2012 final match

The first goal-Spain: Spain’s David Silva (L) plants his head on a 14th-minute cross from Cesc Fàbregas @Getty Images (14th minute)
Jordi Alba (in jersey no. 18) sweeps Spain’s second goal past Gianluigi Buffon four minutes before the break @Getty Images (41st minute)
Italy’s hopes all but evaporate as Thiago Motta (in blue jersey) goes off injured with almost half an hour to play after they had made all their substitutions @Getty Images (63rd minute)
Substitute Fernando Torres (R) bears down on Gianluigi Buffon with six minutes remaining @Getty Images (84th minute)
Fernando Torres (R) slips his finish past the goalkeeper for his third goal of the tournament @Getty Images (84th minute)
Juan Mata (R) taps in Spain’s fourth goal with two minutes remaining to complete the victory @Getty Images (88th minute)
Juan Mata celebrates his goal with Fernando Torres, whose assist ensured he picked up the golden boot @Getty Images
Spain players run from the substitutes’ bench to celebrate their victory on the final whistle @Getty Images
Cesare Prandelli (Italy’s coach) consoles his Italy players after the contest @Getty Images
Iker Casillas of Spain lifts the trophy surrounded by his delighted team-mates @Getty Images

SPAIN WINS AGAIN!!!

The champion for the UEFA EURO 2012 is…

Spain won 4-0 in an action packed match against Italy in the final round of UEFA EURO 2012. Spain’s chance for the cup looked bright as Silva scored their first goal in the 14th minute.

Spanish midfielder David Silva (R) score

A surprise goal was produced by Spain at the 41st minute, as Xavi rolls a perfectly weighted pass down the inside-left for Jordi Alba.

After just nine minutes on the field, Spain’s striker Fernando Torres scored the third goal for Spain at the 84th…

Spanish forward Fernando Torres (L) score

Sealing their trophy at the 88th minute, Torres hares after another Xavi sliderule pass down the inside left. He draws Buffon, before sliding the ball inside to his Chelsea teammate Mata, who clips home. They also broke West Germany’s legendary record to win the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship. Helmut Schön was at the West Germany helm for the 1972 EURO and 1974 World Cup.

The final whistle blows and Spain are the kings of Europe. Their play has been glorious tonight – the Italians were helpless in comparison Final score: 4-0

Congratulations Spain!

Final Round is Here!!!

Now that the semi-finals are finished, the two winning teams (Spain and Italy) will be competing in the final showdown of UEFA 2012 for the cup.

Spain, champion of UEFA 2008 and FIFA 2010 have won 4 (and one draw) out of their 5 matches so far in in this year’s UEFA tournament while four times world champion, Italy won 3 (one draw) out of their 5 matches in this year’s UEFA tournament. But Italy had proven their strength by defeating Germany who before this, won all of their matches in the tournament. But with the best goalkeeper in the world, Casillas and world-class defenders Pique and Ramos, perhaps Spain can stop Italy’s Baloteli from scoring…

Who do you think will win? Please vote here…

-The UEFA EURO 2012 final matchbetween Spain and Italy will be held at the Olympic StadiumKiev, Ukraine on 1st July 2012, 20:45 (2nd July 2012, 2:45 Malaysian time).

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