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Morientes defends Spain style
Posted Saturday, June 30, 2012 by SNTV


Former Spanish international Fernando Morientes doesn't care if Spain are criticised as long as they are winning ahead of their Euro 2012 final against Italy.


SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Fernando Morientes on the Euro 2012 final

"I believe it will be tough final, and very enjoyable. The Italians are arriving to the final very confident after beating one of the favourites in the semi-final while Spain are the defending champions of Europe. It will be a really enjoyable and really emotional game. I don't think there will be many goals, considering the defensive qualities of the two teams."

SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Fernando Morientes on Spain's football being boring

"If Spanish football is a bit boring, I must also say that we are not having much fun playing this Spanish football and winning all the time. I'm happy that people are saying that Spanish football is boring - that gives us pride. Taking into account that we have been winning throughout the championship we can say that this boring football has brought some excellent results for the Spanish team. We also need to take into account the ball possession. As my coach said, ball possession in football is the main thing to. This brings the great results that we have achieved so far."

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    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