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Spain's Euro 2012 team made the game beautiful again

By Mike Gilson

Published 05/07/2012

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 02: Two Spain supporters take a photograph of themselves draped in the national flag as they prepare to congratulate their team's players on their return to Madrid following their victory in Euro 2012 football championships on July 2, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 1, 2012. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 02: Two Spain supporters take a photograph of themselves draped in the national flag as they prepare to congratulate their team's players on their return to Madrid following their victory in Euro 2012 football championships on July 2, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 1, 2012. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: Spain fans watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de la Castellana on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
Spanish fans celebrate during the viewing of Euro 2012 soccer championship final match between Spain and Italy at the Fan Zone in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: A Spain fan watches the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de la Castellana on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Italy fans enjoy the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Football fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: An Italy fan poses with a Mario Balotelli cut out prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Italy fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans gather in front of a giant screen at Piazza Duomo during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain, taking place at Kiev Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 1, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans gather in front of a giant screen at Piazza Duomo during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain, taking place at Kiev Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 1, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans gather in front of a giant screen at Piazza Duomo during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain, taking place at Kiev Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 1, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans gather in front of a giant screen at Piazza Duomo during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain, taking place at Kiev Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 1, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans gather in front of a giant screen at Piazza Duomo during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain, taking place at Kiev Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 1, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans gather in front of a giant screen at Piazza Duomo during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain, taking place at Kiev Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 1, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Italian football supporters in the Little Italy bar watch a large screen showing the UEFA EURO 2012 final football match between Spain and Italy takes place at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on July 1, 2012 in London, England. Spain are leading 2-0. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Football fan Alex Nicas poses outside the Little Italy bar with the Italian national flag painted on her cheek ahead of the screening of the UEFA EURO 2012 final football match between Spain and Italy, taking place at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine on July 1, 2012 in London, England. London's large Spanish and Italian communities are watching the final. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Italy fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Mario Balotelli of Italy talks to fans ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Mario Balotelli of Italy talks to fans ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: Spain fans celebrate watching the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de la Castellana on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: Spain fans celebrate watching the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de la Castellana on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: A Spain fan celebrates the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de la Castellana on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: Spain fans celebrate watching the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de la Castellana on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Fernando Torres of Spain poses for a photograph with his wife Olalla Dominguez and their children Leo Torres and Nora Torres on the pitch following victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react after watching Italy lose to Spain in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match, at Piazza Duomo on July 1, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react after watching Italy lose to Spain in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match, at Piazza Duomo on July 1, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react after watching Italy lose to Spain in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match, at Piazza Duomo on July 1, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react after watching Italy lose to Spain in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match, at Piazza Duomo on July 1, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans gather in front of a giant screen at Piazza Duomo during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain, taking place at Kiev Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 1, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - JULY 01: A Spanish fan joins Italian fans in front of a giant screen at Piazza Duomo during the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain, taking place at Kiev Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on July 1, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: Spain fans watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de la Castellana on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans roll up the national flag as they leave after the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: A Italian fan covered with the national flag leaves after the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans sing the national anthem as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: Spain fans watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de la Castellana on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: Spain fans watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de la Castellana on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: Spain fans celebrate watching the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de la Castellana on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: Spain fans celebrates the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de la Castellana on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: Spain fans watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de la Castellana on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans wave flags as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react after the defaet at the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react after the defaet at the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react after the defaet at the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: Italian fans react as they watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - JULY 01: An Italian fan holds a banner reading 'Italy' as she watch the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Italy and Spain on a big screen at the Circus Maximo on July 1, 2012 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 01: A Spain fan celebrates in a fountain after Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match on July 1, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
An Italy's supporter cheers prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Spain players walk up the stairs to collect their medals and the trophy following victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JULY 01: Head Coach Vicente del Bosque (C) of Spain walks p the stairs with his players to collect their medals and the trophy following victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany lost 1-2 and Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Itlay was leading 2-0 at halftime. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Germany fans (L) and one Italian fan react to the second Italian goal against Germany at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to the second Italian goal against Germany at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Germany fans show their dejection after the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A Germany fan shows his dejection after the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Germany fans show their dejection after the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Germany fans show their dejection after the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany lost 1-2 and Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react as the clock ticks down at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany lost 1-2 and Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react as the clock ticks down at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Germany lost 1-2 and Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to Germany's 1-2 loss against Italy at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate following the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to Germany's 1-2 loss against Italy at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate following the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to Germany's 1-2 loss against Italy at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate following the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Italy will play Spain in the finals on Sunday in Kiev. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to play at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Itlay was leading 2-0 at halftime. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans reacts while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: (L-R) Giorgio Chiellini of Italy's mother, father and brother Claudio Chiellini look on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Mario Balotelli of Italy signs autographs for fans ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Germany fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A Germany fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans react to the second Italian goal against Germany at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate during the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wearing the colors of the German flag atttend the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Fans wave German flags at the Fanmeile public viewing at Brandenburg Gate prior to the Germany vs. Italy UEFA Euro 2012 semi-finals match on June 28, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: Fans of Germany enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at the National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: German fans soak up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: German fans soak up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A German fan soaks up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: A German fan holds up a sign saying 'Goodbye Spaghetti, long live the schnitzel' ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: German fans soak up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 28: German fans soak up the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Spanish fans cheer prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Spain and Portugal in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: A Spanish fan watches on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
A Spanish fan cheers prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Spain and Portugal in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Entertainers wave Spanish and Portuguese flags prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Spain and Portugal in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Spain fan looks on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Spain fan looks on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Portugal fan shows his support ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans reacts while watching a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: A Spanish fan reacts while watching a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - JUNE 27: Spanish fans react while watching on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana street the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Portugal fan shows his support during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: Roman Abramovich looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: Spain fans look on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27: A Spain fan looks on ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
England fans gather in Kyiv prior to the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympci Stadium, Kyiv
England fans react following their defeat to Italy during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
England football fans react watching the England v Italy Euro 2012 quarter-final match at the Sports Bar in the Empire Casino at Leicester Square, London
England fans react as they lose on penalties during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
England fans react as they lose on penalties during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
Passengers watch the England v Italy Euro 2012 quarter-final match in arrivals at Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport
Passengers watch the England v Italy Euro 2012 quarter-final match after landing in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport
The agony of a penalty shoot-out is clear to see on an England fan's face
England fans react following their defeat to Italy during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
England fans react following their defeat to Italy during the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A England fan looks dejected after the penalty shoot out during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: An England fan cries into a St George's Cross flag during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A England fan looks dejected after the penalty shoot out during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: England fans look dejected after the penalty shoot out during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: Lukas Podolski of Germany waves to fans ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: England fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: A England fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: Football fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 24: An Italy fan enjoys the atmopshere prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between England and Italy at The Olympic Stadium on June 24, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
England fans react as they lose on penalties during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: A Spanish fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: A Spanish fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
French fans react after their team lost the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
A French fan reacts after his team lost the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
French fans cheer prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Soccer enthusiasts wave Spanish flags prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
A Spain supporter smiles prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Spain and France in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: A Spanish fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: French fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: Spanish fans cheer ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: France and Spanish fans enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: Spanish fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: A Spanish fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: A supporter of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: A general view of the fans during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: A supporter of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
A Greek fan watches the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: The German players applaud the fans after victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: Greece fans celebrate during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: A giant German football shirt is seen in the crowd during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German football association president Wolfgang Niersbach speak during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - JUNE 22: Greek and German fans watch the EURO 2012 quarter-final match between Germany and Greece at a cafeteria in Athens June 22, 2012. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Supporters of Germany watch the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: German soccer fans celebrate their team at Kurfuerstendamm after the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images,)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: (L-R) UEFA President Michel Platini and German Chancellor Angela Merkel smile during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
Greek fans cheer before the start of the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German fans hold up a poster with a picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on as they enjoy the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: A German fans shows off his shirt with reference to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on as he enjoys the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: German fans enjoy the pre-match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Germany fans pose infront the Reichstag prior to the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece near a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 22: Greece fans are seen prior to the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at a public viewing zone called 'fan mile' near the Brandenburg Gate on June 22, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Getty Images)
German soccer fans hold a plastic replica of the Euro 2012 soccer championship cup as they arrive at the stadium for the quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
A Greece fan wearing a mock ancient Greek helmet cheers prior to the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Gdansk, Poland, Friday, June 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22: Football fans soak up the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: Fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: A Czech Republic fan enjoys the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: A Portugal fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: A Portugal fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 21: A Portugal fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Czech Republic and Portugal at The National Stadium on June 21, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
A fan walks down the tribune before the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between Czech Republic and Portugal in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, June 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan walks to her seat prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Swedish fans look on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan gives the thumbs up prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A France fan cheers during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan poses prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A football fan wearing the colours of France and Sweden smiles prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A football fan wearing the colours of France and Sweden smiles prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Swedish fans fly the flag prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Swedish fan cheers prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and France at The Olympic Stadium on June 19, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A young Ukraine fan soaks up the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans enjoy the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: An England fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans react during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans react during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans react during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Ukraine fans react during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: England fans celebrate during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich signs autographs for football fans during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich looks on during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: England fans enjoy the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: An England fan wears an oversized England shirt during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: England fans enjoy the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 19: A Ukraine fan enjoys the pre match atmopshere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between England and Ukraine at Donbass Arena on June 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
A football fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain
Noel Gallagher unfurls a Manchester City banner as he waits in the stands for the start of the the UEFA Euro 2012 Group D match at the Olympic Stadium, Kyiv, Ukraine
KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 15: Musician Noel Gallagher (L) unravels a Manchester City flag ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Sweden and England at The Olympic Stadium on June 15, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Badges on a Ireland fan's scarf ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Ireland fans ahead of the UEFA Euro 2012 Group match at the Municipal Stadium, Poznan, Poland
Ireland fans Christine and Mary Forsyth from Dublin ahead of the UEFA Euro 2012 Group match at the Municipal Stadium, Poznan, Poland
Ireland fans ahead of the UEFA Euro 2012 Group match at the Municipal Stadium, Poznan, Poland
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Ireland fans do the Poznan as they enjoy the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Italy fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Italy fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Spain fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Croatian fans look on during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Croatian fans sit dejected in the stands after the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Football fans take a photograph during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Croatian fan predicts the score of 2-2 on his forehead during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Spain fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Spanish fans enjoy the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Spain fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Spain fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Croatian fans smile during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: Croatian fans enjoy the atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Croatian fan sits dejected in the stands after the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
A Dutch fan cheers before the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group B match between Portugal and the Netherlands in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, June 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
KHARKOV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Netherlands fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Portugal and Netherlands at Metalist Stadium on June 17, 2012 in Kharkov, Ukraine. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: A Germany fan looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A football fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A football fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18: A football fan enjoys the pre match atmosphere during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Italy fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
POZNAN, POLAND - JUNE 18: A Ireland fan enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Italy and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Poznan, Poland. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: Fans share a kiss prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
Republic of Ireland fans (left to right) Mark Killian, Feidhlim Lenehan and Paul Leonard wear Roy Keane masks in the main square in Poznan, Poland
Republic of Ireland fan Paul Leonard wears a Roy Keane mask in the main square in Poznan, Poland
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: Faced painted fans look on prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: Denmark fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 17: German fans ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Germany at Arena Lviv on June 17, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

Life mostly disappoints. A series of expectations build and the reality fizzles like a damp Catherine Wheel. Nowhere is this more apparent than in sport.

So hyped to inflate a multi-trillion pound toxic bubble of preening vanity, mediocrity and a surrounding industry of chancers and bluffers, it has us, the consumer, forever deflated.

When we were young, we ran, kicked, jumped and threw with pure joy and that memory has us doomed to feel disconnected to those who make their preposterously well-rewarded living doing the same thing in the 21st century.

This is a time, remember, when sulky, brattish behaviour is defined as character and to be able to string three sentences together makes you the sporting equivalent of Dickens.

And on top of this teetering pile of self-love sits football. In yer face, over-promoted and largely desperate to watch, it is populated by half-witted man-boys whose reward for swapping their brains for a decent set of lungs is a garage full of baby Bentleys.

And yet. What keeps us living in hope is magic. The magic we felt when we scored our first goal, the recurring image of the blurred golden shirt of Carlos Alberto hitting that screamer for Brazil to win the 1970 World Cup, watching our own sons from the touchline. They are few and far between, these times we can feel proud to say we were there.

And so to Sunday, July 1, 2012, and for the diehards among us, who hardly remember Mexico 1970, the long wait is over.

In footballing terms, we have witnessed what might be the closest to perfection without the intervention of the gods it is possible to see.

In the first 45 minutes of the Euro 2012 cup final, Spain gave us what we had all but given up hoping for. Football of unbridled joy, of exquisite beauty of a sort that transcends the brutish normality and will keep us returning to the game for the next 30 years, hoping for a glimpse of it again.

Patterns of the most delicious intricacy were woven across the pitch, red-shirted players with love in their hearts selflessly placed the ball at the feet of their teammates, passes were laser-guided into spaces no one knew existed, exhilarating goals were scored after slow, slow, quick bamboozling rhythms were danced from one end of the pitch to the other.

Did we see the best team ever on Sunday night? Of course we did and just as our fathers told us about Pele and Rivelino and Jairzinho we can now speak of Xavi and Iniesta and Alba. And we will have smiles on our faces when we do so.

At its heart football is a simple game. The ball is round. It goes where you aim it. If you pass it to someone with the same colour shirt as you, you might get it back. The man in a different colour shirt can't get it.

If you subsume yourself to the team, divest yourself of ego, yet be so supremely confident of the skills you have been taught, you will be even more successful. It took Spain to remind us of this elementary reasoning.

In doing so, they blew away the bluster and dim-witted pomposity of the sport on these isles. That shape and discipline and work rate and the odd great strike out of calamity are what makes the heart race. Nonsense. That is for the yeomen. Football has been reclaimed by the artist and left us trailing behind, puffing our red cheeks like Wayne Rooney trying to close down Pirlo. When the Premiership returns, that jalopy of the overblown and never-weres will probably divert us again from the true spirit of the game. Until two years hence, that is, when we will ritually throw our hands in the air in despair as our meat-and-potatoes ball-chasers come home early again.

On Sunday night, we saw the words beautiful game reclaimed from the irony-pedlars and, in that 90 minutes, we reconnected, became child-like again, remembering the simple pleasures of sport.

Here's the first of four goals Spain scored past the good, but not good enough Italians three nights ago. Alba to Arbeloa to Silva to Iniesta to Silva to Xavi to Iniesta to Fabregas to Silva, goal. Reads like poetry to me.

Mike Gilson is editor of the Belfast Telegraph

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