two very special anniversaries
June 29 is a very special day in Spanish football history. It was on this day three years ago that we won the Eurocopa, and in 2010, we beat Portugal in the World Cup to advance to the quarterfinals.
Spain beat Germany 1-0 in that 2008 Eurocopa final, behind a goal from Fernando Torres, ending years and years of suffering, disappointment and agony for Spanish national team fans. At last, we had won something. And it was extra special for me, because my beloved Iker Casillas was the captain, and seeing him lift up the trophy made me cry.
Fernando Torres was interviewed by AS precisely about that goal. He remembers June 29, 2008 as “a marvelous day. We achieved a historical victory against Germany and we rose to the elite of world football.” He also described that goal as “the most decisive one of my life. I hope to continue scoring important goals with the national team and my club, but that goal in Vienna put us in Spanish football history.” He described it as a “privilege,” saying that he’ll remember that day all his life.
The Eurocopa brings back such good memories, from Iker stopping the penalties against Italy to Fernando’s goal in the final to Iker climbing the railing before receiving the trophy to Pepe Reina’s “show” during the celebrations in Madrid. It was also the beginning of an era, in which Spain’s tiqui-taca style triumphed, records – both team and individual – were shattered, and our domination was cemented with the World Cup victory last year.
June 29, 2010 was a key date on the road to that victory. Spain beat Portugal behind a goal from David Villa. While that goal was certainly memorable, as well as the celebration, there were a few other unforgettable moments, including Iker’s blowfish imitation, the celebration between Sergio and Iker at the end, Fernando Llorente’s starmaking turn and ripped shirt (not necessarily in that order), and Javi (!!!) kissing Piqué’s back.
Since then, we’ve also won the U-21 Euro, and hopefully there will be many more successes down the road, starting with the defense of the Eurocopa title next summer and Olympic gold.
And here are a couple of ads commemorating this day.