July 1st, 2012
02:05 AM ET

Euro 2012 final: Can Italy stop Spain's bid for history?

Sunday's showpiece European Championship final in the Ukrainian capital Kiev pits holders Spain against Italy, between them the winners of the last two World Cups.

Spain is on the brink of creating soccer history; never before has a country won three major international football tournaments in a row. And Spain, which won Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, now has the chance to earn a place in the record books.

Before the Euros, former Barcelona and England striker Gary Lineker said "La Furia Roja," or the Red Fury as the Spanish national team is called, was just one trophy away from greatness.

"If they won three tournaments in a row, something no other team has done, you would have to put them up there among the all-time greatest teams," said Lineker, who helped England reach the World Cup semifinals in 1990.

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  1. Mary

    @ TORI©, Then pick up a copy of John Grisham's Novel "Playing for Pizza" The lawyer in that story goes to Italy and while there is involved in solving a crime, and the backdrop is against a story of old ex-football players who get together yearly to play. Great author, he is.
    Lol, I sound like 'Yoda' ūüėČ

    July 1, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    . A little boy took his parents to court because he did not want to live with them anymore. The honored judge said to him "So why don't you want to live with your dad?"
    "Because he beats me" said the little boy.
    "Why don't you want to live with your mum then?" asked the judge.
    Because she beats me a swell.
    "Oh" said the judge "Well who would you like to live with then?"
    The little boy replied" I would like to live with Southampton FC, because they don't beat anyone!!"

    July 1, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A blonde began a job as an elementary school counselor and she was eager to help. One day during recess she noticed a girl standing by herself on one side of a playing field while the rest of the kids enjoyed a game of soccer at the other.
    The blonde approached and asked if she was all right.
    The girl said she was.
    A little while later, however, Sandy noticed the girl was in the same spot, still by herself. Approaching again, Sandy offered, "Would you like me to be your friend?"
    The girl hesitated, then said, "Okay," looking at the woman suspiciously.
    Feeling she was making progress, the blonde then asked, "Why are you standing here all alone?"
    "Because," the little girl said with great exasperation, "I'm the goalie!"

    July 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A blonde began a job as an elementary school counselor and she was eager to help. One day during recess she noticed a girl standing by herself on one side of a playing field while the rest of the kids enjoyed a game of soccer at the other.
    The blonde approached and asked if she was all right.
    The girl said she was.
    A little while later, however, Sandy noticed the girl was in the same spot, still by herself. Approaching again, Sandy offered, "Would you like me to be your friend?"
    The girl hesitated, then said, "Okay," looking at the woman suspi ciously.
    Feeling she was making progress, the blonde then asked, "Why are you standing here all alone?"
    "Because," the little girl said with great exasperation, "I'm the goalie!"

    July 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Three dead bodies turn up at the mortuary, all with very big smiles on their faces. The coroner calls the police to show them what has happened.

    An Inspector is sent and is taken straight to the first body. "A XHOSA, 60, died of heart failure whilst making love to his mistress. Hence the enormous smile Inspector", says the Coroner.

    The Detective is taken to the second dead man.

    "A SOTHO, 25, won the lottery, spent it all on Brandy. Died of alcohol poisoning, hence the smile."

    "Nothing unusual here", thinks the Detective, and asks to be shown the last body.

    "Ah," says the coroner, "this is the most unusual one. A ZULU, 30, struck by lightning."

    "Why is he smiling then?" inquires the Detective.

    To which the coroner replies: "Thought he was having his picture taken".

    July 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Rawr...AGAIN with the blonde jokes?
      One of the dads told me that one when my son was in soccor...lmao!

      July 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    @lm they were probably deleted along with fake Tori's.

    July 1, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dazzle ©

    @lm, the only reason I can tell, is that I see a response from Mary to Tori. As you may know Tori can't post due to her internship. So if you responded to Tori the powers that be must have deleted it.

    July 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Or is someone posts AS Tori, it get taken down, along with the other imposter posts, because the powers that be know they're imposters...

    July 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    @banasy, someone must have posted as her today as Mary responded. I despise these jacker/trolls.

    July 1, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    @dazzle:
    Gee.
    What a mystery.

    July 1, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dazzle ©

    @little mister, no it wasn't her. Even though she does love soccer and plays it when she can.

    July 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    I guess we can safely say Tori won't be here for a while; think the jacker will take note?

    July 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. I have question about blog

    Was there football match, or something?

    July 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |