Jul 02 2012
Spain continued its dominance in world football with a comprehensive win vs. Italy yesterday. It marked the end of what I would call a very successful tournament in Poland and Ukraine this year.
There was joy, there was sadness, there was drunkeness, and there was sexiness. And in between all that good stuff there was some brilliant football played on the pitch.
Looking back on this year’s tournament, Unathletic has compiled the Top 5 Story Lines from Euro 2012…
5.) The Hooligans
To no one’s surprise there was some nonsense that took place during the tournament. Not to be unfair, but most of the crap came from the USSR, a.k.a. Russians, Polish, etc. The other countries were relatively well-behaved. It was to be expected, and I don’t think anything got out of hand, but it was still a noteworthy story line.
4.) Andriy Schevchenko
Andriy Schevchenko’s brace vs. the Swedes was something you dream of seeing – One man putting a nation on his back in Ukraine’s opening game of the tournament they were hosting. That was something special. PERIOD.
3.) The Dutch Disaster
The Netherlands didn’t pull a France, but it was awfully close. Actually, it wasn’t really… They were in the Group of Death, and had a chance to see themselves through on the last day, but couldn’t do it. The verdict is the tournament was a huge let down for the Dutch, and it was capped off by the resignation of head coach Bert van Marwijk.
2.) The Fans
I’d give the tournament a B for total fan hotness. I’d have to give it an A- for the total package of fun crazy fans. One of the best things about world football is the diversity of fans. It’s sheer brilliance.
1.) The Spaniards
People will complain all they want about the style of football being boring. If you appreciate the game, you can see the sheer brilliance in the Spaniards. Dominating the game right now.
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