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Fans in Madrid prepare for Euro 2012 final against Italy
Posted Monday, July 02, 2012 by SNTV


Fans gathered in Madrid on the eve of the Euro 2012 final between defending champions Spain and Italy.

The Spanish could win an unprecedented third major tournament in a row.


Confidence is high in Madrid ahead of the final of Euro 2012 between Spain and Italy.

The Spanish national team is just one victory away from making history with a third successive major tournament win.

They may have laboured to a penalty shootout win over Portugal to reach the final, but only Italy can now prevent them from an unprecedented feat of World Cup holders and consecutive European championship success.

In the streets of Madrid where a post victory party will take place if Spain win, people were already showing their team spirit by wearing jerseys.

Spaniards in need of good news due to the the financial troubles which have seen a huge rise in unemployment.

This fan sure the economic woes facing both Spain and Italy will fire their teams on:

"I believe that is going to be the strongest point of the match. Both teams are going to fight to make their countries happy"

Though there is room for a little camaraderie with Italy, this Spaniard admitting to a mutual affection between the two nations, insisting "the both of us are latin countries, and the latin countries are like brothers. We are brothers and friends.

Spain are the only team besides West Germany to reach three finals in a row, and can go one better with victory in Kiev.

Elsewhere in the capital, fans continued to gather in the Fan Zone set outside Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Some arriving extra early just to make sure they get a place right at the very front.

    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