For both the teams, it will not be just another game. Both desperately want to win the match and prove to the world that they are the best soccer team, not just in Europe but around the world. Two champion teams with top players are all eager to go home as the winner of the Euro 2012.
When the match begins in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, the reigning Euro Cup and FIFA Soccer World Cup champion Spain will do their best to prove their total dominance of the soccer world by becoming the first team to win four major tournaments in a row. They will be creating the history by beating Italy, the 12th rank soccer team in the world that has mesmerized the whole world by making its way to the finals for the championship beating Germany, another soccer powerhouse with marked ease.
Spain, today will be fearful of the most lethal Italian player who singlehandedly destroyed the German defenses and shot two mesmerizing goals. Mario Balotelli will be in focus today. Italy had completely overwhelmed the Germany soccer team, by coming up with the best soccer of the tournament. Their techniques may not be the best, but their aggression and team work was remarkable.
Spain is fearful of Mario Balotelli. And Spain’s midfielder Cesc Fabregas says they are apprehensive of Super Mario. “He’s a great player and he showed that again yesterday…To score like that in the semifinal against Germany says it all. We have to try and throw him off his game because he is a player who can cause problems.” Now super Mario is more confident of himself and he is aware of his strengths. “I hope to make four goals, not just two. This has been the loveliest day of my life, but I hope that Sunday is even better. I hope to beat Spain, no matter whether they play poorly. If I score, win the pichichi (MVP) trophy and we win, that is spectacular. But if we win and I don’t score, that is just as spectacular.”
But he is not the lone player who has the capability to tame Spain, there are several others who will be trying to impact and make their presence felt by winning the game for their team.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, 2:45 p.m. ET, 8:45 p.m. local
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine
TV: ESPN (U.S. – English), ESPN Deportes (U.S. – Spanish), TSN (Canada – English), TLN (Canada – Spanish), RDS (Canada – French), BBC One (U.K.)
Streaming: ESPN3 (U.S.), BBC Sport Broadband (U.K.)