Spain Claims 'Historic' Triumph
Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque has praised his players but begun to look to the 2014 World Cup after they won their third consecutive major tournament with a 4-0 triumph over Italy in Sunday’s 2012 Euros final in Kyiv.
The trophy meant the Spaniards had lifted back-to-back European Championships as well as the 2010 World Cup and may head to Brazil in two years time as favourites for an incredible fourth consecutive crown.
“Our success is historic but we have to begin looking to the future and qualifying for Brazil,” Del Bosque told reporters after the game.
He added: “This is a great generation of players. They have roots and know how to play because they come from a country that knows how to. We have a great bunch of lads, some playing abroad – they never used to.
“This is a great era for Spanish football. After Vienna [and the UEFA EURO 2008 final] Luis Aragonés, the then coach, showed us the way, the direction to go. But there are challenges ahead with World Cup qualification,and then the Confederations Cup where, representing Europe, we want to do well.”
Del Bosque added Sunday’s decider had been a wonderful game for his side who produced a stunning performance after copping criticism earlier in the competition.
“We had an extraordinary match but don’t underestimate Italy – they just had no luck. Everything went our way tonight,” he said.
“Italy had one fewer player, one less day of rest and they tried throughout but couldn’t get into the game. We played our own game and were faithful to what we’ve done over the years.
“I have spoken to the King [Juan Carlos] and his son and they told us they will see us tomorrow. This is a great time for all the Spanish people.”
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