Sunday, June 29, 2008

Congrats to Spain... Champions of Euro 2008

The pick of my heart - Spain - defeated my head's choice - Germany - 1-0 to win Euro 2008.
This is great news which was further augmented by the fact that the deciding goal was scored by a favourite of mine, Liverpool's Fernando Torres.

A few opinions on the tournament:
Overall Quality of Football: 8/10 (slightly better than Euro 2004 and World Cup 2006 - not as great as World Cup 98).

Player of the tournament: Marcos Senna
Best Striker: David Villa
Best Attacking Midfielder: Michael Ballack
Most exciting teams: Spain and the Netherlands
Worst teams: France and Greece (the winners of Euro 2000 and 2004 respectively)
Best Single Performance: Netherlands 4 France 1, Russia 3 Netherlands 1 (Tie)
Best Goalkeeper: Iker Castillas
Biggest choke: Croatia (against Turkey)
Hardest working team: Turkey
Biggest disappointment: Thierry Henry
Most frustrated forward: Luca Toni
Most painful team to watch: Italy
Most unpredictable: Russia
Unluckiest team: Poland
Teams in urgent need of a rebuild: Czech Republic and France
Looking good for 2010: Germany, Spain, Netherlands and Russia.
Two players with immense future prospects: Wesley Sneijder and Segio Ramos
Best Manager: Luis Aragones

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