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Fans prepare for Euro 2012 Final
Posted Sunday, July 01, 2012 by SNTV


Fans get ready for the final of Euro 2012.


The final of Euro 2012 is now just hours away, and fans from Italy and Spain have been descending on the Ukranian city of Kiev with high hopes ahead of the match.

Some fans have spent huge amounts of money to be at the climax of the tournament, but both sets of supporters remained in high spirits in the build-up to the final.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Juan Lucas, Spain fan: "It's far. It's expensive. The ticket to come here by plane costs a thousand euros (1,266 US dollars)."

SOUNDBITE: (English) Vincent, Napoli, Italy fan: "The problem is very big. In Ukraine the hotels are expensive, the food is expensive, the flight is expensive. It don't think Italian tourists will come back."

SOUNDBITE:(English) Mario, Spain fan: "Tonight the win is for Spain. Surely. 2-0."

Spain go into the match looking to become the first team to ever retain the title in the history of the competition.

    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