Andres Iniesta Named Best Player of Euro 2012

Andres Iniesta has been named the Player of The Tournament for Euro 2012 after a series of classy displays as well as a Man of The Match performance in the final. Spain hammered Italy 4-0 in the final to retain their European crown with pasty-faced Iniesta a focal point in the Spanish midfield alongside Barcelona team-mates Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso. The velcro-footed maestro was named Man of the Match for the showdown in Kiev which was, but just one of several superb ... Continue Reading →

Spain Have Become One Of Football’s Greatest Ever Teams

Record breaking Spain became the first ever side to retain the European Cup with In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu arguing that this Spanish side are now in the football hall of fame. Forget the criticism of boring tiki-taka football from kick-and-rush somnambulists, Ignore the haters. Excuse Del Bosque’s admittedly bizarre decision to line up his team with no striker. Spain are the real deal and now have the trophies to prove it. Three successive tournament wins, undefeated in knockout ... Continue Reading →

Pictures: Mario Balotelli In Tears After Italy Euro 2012 Defeat

Mario Balotelli was reduced to tears after Italy were soundly beaten by champions Spain in the Euro 2012 final Balotelli was the hero of the semi-final after his brace helped the Azzurri bag a famous 2-1 win over Germany. However, the 21-year-old was powerless to stop Spain in Kiev and then clashed with members of Italy’s backroom staff after the match.  Read the full article Tweet Continue Reading →

VIDEO: Spain 4-0 Italy; Spain Win Euro 2012

Spain put on a masterful display as they thrashed Italy 4-0 to be crowned European champions for a third time. Spain became the first ever team to win three major tournaments, win back-to-back Euro titles and striker Fernando Torres took home the golden boot to cap off a wonderful night for the world champions. Goals by David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and a late strike by substitute Juan Mata sealed the 4-0 win for Vicente Del Bosque’s men. As ... Continue Reading →

Flashback: Spain 0-0 Italy (4-2 pens) Quarter-Final Euro 2008

Ahead of the Euro 2012 Final In The Stands looks back at Spain’s Euro 2008 Quarter-Final penalty kick win over Italy. The significance of the win could be seen on the faces of the Spanish players. After decades of failing to go beyond the quarter-final stage, coupled with tournament-after-tournament of underachievement, La Roja finally got the proverbial monkey off their back at Euro 2008. In what proved to be a tough, closely contested match between the then World Cup holders Italy (albeit ... Continue Reading →

Spain vs Italy: Euro 2012 Final Preview

Spain face-off against Italy in the final of Euro 2012 with the Spainiards aiming to become the first ever side to retain the Henri Delauney trophy. Having purred rather than roared their way into Kiev’s final, an opportunity to create history and perhaps become the greatest ever European side beckons for Vicente Del Bosque’s men. La Roja play in their third successive major final in just four years; remain unbeaten in all major tournaments since 2009 when they lost to the USA in the Confederations ... Continue Reading →

Mats Hummels: Germany Fucked Up Against Italy

German defender Mats Hummels was left to rue his sides mistakes as Germany were eliminated from Euro 2012 after a 2-1 defeat to Italy. Hummels was at fault for both Italian goals as a Mario Balotelli brace put the Azzurri two up before Mesut Ozil’s injury-time consolation goal reduced the arrears. Reflecting on the game defender Mats Hummels spoke of his frustration at his side’s 2-1 loss before pinpointing German errors as decisive to the outcome. “We screwed up in the first half,” ... Continue Reading →

Mario Balotelli ‘Mr Muscle’ Celebration Italy vs Germany

Mario Balotelli thumped home a wonderful second goal as Italy shocked Germany 2-1 in the semi-finals prompting another must see celebration! Through on goal, the Italian striker smashed the ball high into the German net, ripped off his shirt, before posing ‘Mr Muscle’ style in one of the most picturesque moments of the Euros so far! Nobody does things quite like ‘Super Mario’ who, admittedly, has lit up the tournament with his brilliant displays up front commencing with ... Continue Reading →

Why Didn’t Ronaldo Take An Early Penalty Kick?

Portugal crashed out of Euro 2012 after a 4-2 penalty shoot-out defeat to Spain with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo bizarrely not even taking one. What happened? Admittedly, without their captain, Portugal may not have even reached the last four so superb was Ronaldo’s performance in overcoming the Netherlands in the Group of Death, before easing past Czech Republic in the quarter-finals. But, in big moments, the big men really stand up and come the penalty shoot-out, the entire continent was ... Continue Reading →

VIDEO: Sergio Ramos Penalty Spain vs Portugal

Sergio Ramos imitated Andrea Pirlo in dinking his penalty kick into the net during Spain’s penalty shootout semi-final victory over Portugal. Nerves of steel or just pure cheeky? Everybody was waiting for the next person to ‘do a Pirlo’ – or should that be emulate the great Antonin Panenka – the legendary Czech footballer who started off the delicate-lob-in-the-middle-craze. One day a goalkeeper will just stand there and collect ... Continue Reading →

Italy Through England Out – Justice Was Done At Euro 2012

After yet another quarter-final heartbreak In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu celebrates the fact that footballing justice was done as Italy progressed at the expense of England. You can’t always get what you want in life. That is a common fact and even with all the grafting and passionate fervor inimical to achieving success, it cannot and will not be the overriding guarantee to winning a major tournament. The significance of it all? Look no further than England’s elimination at the ... Continue Reading →

VIDEO: Andrea Pirlo Penalty Italy vs England

Andrea Pirlo executed a masterful Antonin Panenka-style penalty kick during Italy’s 4-2 quarter-final shootout victory over England at Euro 2012. The Juventus ace was the focal point of the Italian team and produced a masterful performance at the heart of the Azzurri midfield as Cesare Prandelli’s men dominated a very limited England side. And to cap off a wonderful display over 120 minutes, the midfield maestro cooly chipped in his penalty kick as jaws everywhere dropped in awe. It ... Continue Reading →