The UEFA European Championships finished on Sunday with another win for Spain. It is Spain’s 3rd consecutive major tournament win which makes them a dynasty. People are even suggesting that they are quite possibly the best team ever . I came across an article on BBC Sport that has stats about the tournament that I thought you may find interesting if a soccer fan. One of the glaring stats in my opinion is that Spain average over 600+ passes a game! Talk about the execution of their tactics and skill!
The stats courtesy of BBC Sport
How Euro 2012 added up for Spain
- Spain are the first European side to win three consecutive major tournaments – Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
- Spain are unbeaten in their last 12 European Championship final matches – nine wins, three draws – a competition record.
- Vicente del Bosque’s side have not conceded a goal in their last five European Championship matches, a new competition record.
- Spain averaged 626.3 passes per match, more than any other team at Euro 2012 (the Republic of Ireland were 16th with 221.3).
- They averaged 60.03% possession per fixture, again more than any other side in the competition (again the Republic of Ireland were lowest, with 39.52%).
- Spain keeper Iker Casillas equalled Edwin van der Sar’s record of nine clean sheets at the Euros.
- Casillas has won 100 of his 137 international matches, becoming the first player to reach a century of international wins. He also holds the world record with 79 clean sheets.
- David Silva has been involved in the most goals at Euro 2012 – two scored, three assisted.
- Six players from Barcelona were in the Spanish starting line-up. This was not a record, as there were seven Dynamo Kiev players representing the Soviet Union in the 1988 final.
How Spain won Euro 2012
- Group C:
- Spain 1-1 Italy
- Spain 4-0 Rep of Ireland
- Spain 1-0 Croatia
- Spain 2-0 France
- Spain 0-0 Portugal (Spain win 4-2 on penalties)
- Spain 4-0 Italy
- Spain’s winning margin of four goals is the biggest ever recorded in a World Cup or European Championship final.
- Spain ended with 52% possession overall and outpassed Italy 529 to 451.
- Juan Mata is the fastest substitute to score at Euro 2012 – one minute and 14 seconds after coming on to the pitch.
- Xavi has assisted a goal for Fernando Torres in both the 2008 and 2012 finals.
- Fernando Torres is the first player to score in two European Championship finals.
- Spain are only the third team to have scored twice before half-time in a European Championship final – Italy in 1968 and Czechoslovakia in 1976 were the previous two occasions.
- The only team other to score three or more goals in a European Championship final was West Germany v Soviet Union in 1972 (3-0).
- Italy’s Antonio Cassano has now been substituted eight times at the European Championship finals after being named in the starting line-up, breaking the tournament record he shared with Dennis Bergkamp and Mario Gomez.
- This was the second World Cup or European Championship final in which both teams were captained by a goalkeeper. The other one was the 1934 World Cup final between Italy (Giampiero Combi) and Czechoslovakia (Franta Planicka).
Now all us soccer fans look toward World Cup Brazil 2014.