Expert analysis of the events in Poland and Ukraine
Joy aplenty in Spain. Of course, there's the small matter of la Roja retaining the European Championships, making history by winning three successive major tournaments and in doing so becoming the greatest team that there has ever been.
However, there's even more reason to knock back the beers back in the homeland of the bestest team on the planet: both the Barcelona and Real Madrid media are able to share the spoils in their respective team’s contributions to Spain’s glorious moment.
Relations between the camps normally resembles that of Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole: they're hardly going to hug each other in celebrating success, but they are capable of working together when required. That’s especially been the case over the past four years, when Spain have been doing rather well and the Barcelona press have been able to hang that success on the contribution of the players from the Catalan club.
(Not all Catalans are delighted: Joan Laporta's former vice president Alfons Godall branded them ‘mercenaries’ for celebrating Spain’s win. That's not entirely accurate from the nasty meanie-head, considering it’s very much a case of "cheque’s in the post" when it comes to the national team players getting paid by the Spanish FA.)
Monday’s edition of Sport joined the jubilant mood across the land, with Joan Vehils writing that “they may be small and little but nevertheless they are enormous footballers and greats both on and off the pitch.” The reaction of Mundo Deportivo to Sunday’s victory was to attribute the victory to Xavi and co finally getting it together. “When the Barça brain gets going, the national side reaches a level that the world envies,” writes Lobo Carrasco.
AS and Marca are in full-on la-la land mood, with the former's front page branding la Roja as “the best team in history”. Inside, there’s a tearful tribute from Javier Matallanes, who delights that “my Roja, my beloved Spain are legends. La Roja are eternal.” In his editorial, Alfredo Relaño brings things down to earth a tad, referencing the conomic crisis by noting that “football doesn’t offer solutions, but instead it brings joy.”
Marca’s front cover boasts of “Spain and nobody else” with the paper's editorial in joyous mood over “a triumph of a way of playing football, of a style and of an exemplary group of people lead by the best of all, Vicente del Bosque.”
The one downside of the win and everything that goes with the triumph is that the fact that there simply isn’t enough time to brag about finally beating – nay, destroying – Italy for the first time over 90 minutes in a competitive match. Instead, focus and attention have been split between the contributions of Cesc Fabregas and Andrés Iniesta or Sergio Ramos and Iker Casillas.
But it’s a fine situation to be in, with more than enough praise to go around for everyone.
Latest European Football News
Monaco splash out €50 million on Falcao
Swedish championship results and standings
footballers stand trial in underage prostitution case
Hoffenheim sign Norway international Elyounoussi
Teens jailed for kicking linesman to death
75% of all TV is Bale
On the road to ruin
FourFourTwo is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media & FourFourTwo is part of Haymarket Sport
| International Licensing | © Haymarket Media Group 2010