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¡campeones 2012! – the game

July 1, 2012.

Another historical date for La Roja.  Spain made history by becoming the first national team to win two consecutive Eurocopas, with a World Cup sandwiched in between, when it beat Italy 4-0 (in the highest scoring final in history) to close out the 2012 edition of the Eurocopa.

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day 41 – all set for Italy!

June 30, 2012.

¡Vamos España!  ¡Todos con La Roja!  After one month, it’s time to play the final of the Eurocopa!  Spain faces Italy at 20:45h tonight in Kiev, looking to further cement its place in history.  But no matter what happens, this is still the best team in the world.  As Iker said in an interview with El País (worth the read), “we’re like a game of Tetris, all of the pieces fit perfectly.”

Everyone looks so much younger, no?

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days 39 and 40 – getting ready for the final!

Continuing to catch up…

I can totally see Sergio in a shirt with the same pattern as the couch!

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day 38 – to the final (II)!

June 27, 2012.

ELEVEN.   The first thing Cesc did after scoring the decisive penalty was run over to Iker and jump into his arms.  It was reminiscent of David Villa four years ago, no?  Although this time around no one ended up on the ground with their shirts off, it was still a pretty fantastic celebration.

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day 38 – to the final (I)!

June 27, 2012.

We are through to the final!  It took more than two hours and quite a few heart pounding moments, but Spain will be playing in the final of the 2012 Eurocopa against Italy.

ONE.  Prior to the game, we had the players all listening to music through huge headphones (especially Fernando Llorente), texting or both simultaneously.  Meanwhile, Xabi had to have his coffee and Pepe his beer.

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day 36 – the Xabi Alonso pose section

June 25, 2012.

Will Gniewino be remembered as fondly as Neustift and Potchefstroom once this tournament is over?  Today, Spain is leaving Poland for Donetsk, as they’ll stay in Ukraine after the semifinal should they qualify for the final.  Meanwhile, on the last day in Gniewino, Xabi spent much of the morning posing.  Bonus gif here!

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days 34 & 35 – to the semifinals!

Spain beat France for the first time in an official game!  And Xabi Alonso couldn’t have had a better 100th game with the national team – reaching that number was already an achievement in and of itself, and then he had to go score twice, lead his team to victory and qualify his country for the semifinals as well.  Muy, muy jefe.

Xabi was head and shoulders above everyone else, and not just literally…

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day 33 – all set for France!

June 22, 2012.

Well, the Eurocopa quarterfinal game between Spain and France is upon us, and hopefully it will be as epic as it was four years ago, although not as nerve-wracking!  This game will also be Xabi Alonso’s 100th game with La Roja (since I think we can safely assume that he will start the game).  He played his first game with the Spanish national team on April 30, 2003, in Madrid and against Ecuador; Spain won that game 4-0.

Love the positioning!

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