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Just stop this man: Spain sense glory if they can close out Ronaldo threat
Posted Wednesday, June 27, 2012 by Dailymail

The first semi-final of Euro 2012 is being billed as the best team in the world versus the best player in the tournament.

But can Cristiano Ronaldo really beat Vicente del Bosque’s gifted Spain team all on his own? Del Bosque did little to play down the threat.

‘We need to deactivate Ronaldo,’ said the coach. ‘This is going to be one of the most important matches of our lives. It can take us to the final. It’s logical that there is so much talk about Ronaldo and he is not only a great player but he plays in Spain. He is obviously going to be a factor.’

Just stop this man: Spain sense glory if they can close out Ronaldo threat
The main man: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal train at the Donbass Arena ahead of the first semi-final of Euro 2012

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    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

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    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia