Euro 2012 Final: Match Facts and Stats

*It will be the fourth time a Euro final takes place between teams who met earlier in the tournament. It happened in 1988 (Netherlands-USSR), 1996 (Germany-Czech Republic) & 2004 (Greece-Portugal).

*Italy are unbeaten against Spain at major tournaments (penalties shoot-outs excluded), with three wins and four draws. Nevertheless, Spain managed to qualify in their last encounter in knockout games, it was at the quarter-finals of Euro 2008 (0-0 after 120 mins, 4-2 after penalties).

*Cesare Prandelli has faced Spain twice as Italy head-coach and has never lost. Italy beat them in a friendly in August 2011 (2-1) before drawing in their opening game of Euro 2012 (1-1).

*Spain haven’t conceded a single goal in their last 900 minutes of action in major tournament knockout games, a streak which started in the quarter finals of Euro 2008.

*Spain are the second European side to reach the final of three consecutive major tournaments, after West Germany (Euro 72, World Cup 74, Euro 76).

*Spain could become the first team in history to successfully defend their European Championship title. They would also become the first European side to win three consecutive major tournaments.

*Spain have won 75% of their finals at major tournaments (three out of four), the best ratio for European sides who have played more than one final alongside France.

*Italy have reached their ninth final at major tournaments (three at European Championships, six at the World Cup). They’ve won 63%.

*Italy are the only side who have never trailed at any time during Euro 2012.

*Spain have the best defensive record at Euro 2012 with only one goal conceded. In their last two games combined (quarter-final v France & semi-final v Portugal), Spain have only faced one shot on target.

*Spain have conceded only 12 shots on target at Euro 2012, 50% of those were against Italy in their opening game (6).

*Spain have always dominated possession in their seven games at World Cup 2010 and five games at Euro 2012. Germany, in the final of Euro 2008, are the last side to dominate possession against La Roja.

*Italy and Spain have had the most shots at Euro 2012: 99 and 86 respectively.

*Italy have picked up the most bookings at Euro 2012: 15. That’s five more than Spain (10).

*The Azzurri are unbeaten in their 15 competitive games under Cesare Prandelli: 10 wins and five draws.

*Five Spanish players (Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos) have completed more passes than Italy’s most prolific player in that department, Andrea Pirlo (320 passes).

*Mario Balotelli scored as many goals against Germany in the semi-finals as he did in his 12 previous caps for Italy. He’s scored Italy’s last three goals at Euro 2012.

*Balotelli has had the most shots on target at Euro 2012: 10.

*Balotelli has become the first Italian player to score three goals in a European Championships tournament.

*Gianluigi Buffon has played 24 matches at major tournaments, equalling Dino Zoff’s Italian record. He’s still four short of the record holder among goalkeepers, Spain’s Iker Casillas (28).

*Andres Iniesta is the player who’s had the most shots on target without scoring at the European Championships, since 1980: 11 shots on target, 0 goal.

*Cesc Fabregas and Santiago Cazorla are the most used substitutes in the history of the European Championships (alongside Holland’s Aron Winter), having been brought on seven times.

*If Fernando Torres scores in Kyiv he will become the first player to score in two EURO finals.

* Vicente del Bosque could become only the second coach to win the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship. Helmut Schön was at the West Germany helm for the 1972 EURO and 1974 World Cup.

*Spain are 19 competitive games without defeat since a 1-0 loss to Switzerland on 16/06/2010 at the World Cup. They have lost four of their 14 friendlies in that time however.

*Iker Casillas, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi Hernández, Torres, Cesc Fàbregas, Santi Cazorla, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos and David Silva all featured in the 2008 showpiece. No player has appeared in two UEFA European Championship final wins, though Rainer Bonhof was a non-playing member of the West Germany squads in 1972 and 1980.

*Spain are ten games unbeaten, winning seven since their 1-0 defeat by England on 12/11/2011. Their semi-final shoot-out triumph is classed as a draw.

*Del Bosque’s team have made 3,417 completed passes at UEFA EURO 2012, to their opponents’ 1,530. It was 672/341 against Italy, 810/198 v Ireland, 639/231 v Croatia, 638/429 v France and 658/331 v Portugal.

*Spain have had over 50% possession in 21 of their last 22 games at major final tournaments, the exception being the UEFA EURO 2008 final against Germany (46%).

*Spain’s 4-0 victory against the Republic of Ireland was their biggest win at a UEFA European Championship.

*Italy have won just two of their last eight games in regulation time and were a national-record six matches without a victory in major final tournaments before beating the Republic of Ireland on 18/06.

*Coach Cesare Prandelli is unbeaten in competitive internationals, recording ten wins and five draws to date, with the shoot-out triumph over England classed as a draw.

*Andrea Pirlo made 146 passes against England, completing 117 – the most at UEFA EURO 2012,

*Pirlo (v Croatia, England and Germany) is the only player to have picked up three Carlsberg Man of the Match awards at UEFA EURO 2012. Cassano took the honour against Ireland.

*Pirlo’s effort against Croatia was the first goal direct from a free-kick at the UEFA European Championship since Marek Heinz versus Germany at UEFA EURO 2004.

Credits: EuroSport, UEFA.com

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9 thoughts on “Euro 2012 Final: Match Facts and Stats

  1. * Vicente del Bosque could become only the second coach to win the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship. Helmut Schön was at the West Germany helm for the 1972 EURO and 1974 World Cup.

    Hasn’t he done that already? I thought he was in charge of Spain’s national team when the won the Euros in 2008

  2. D stats favor Spain….But My Gut Says Italy Will Win

  3. All I can say is that it’s going to be a great tactical; battle

  4. saxy!! u are simply special. u are sent to dis world to analysis football to people like me. keep d ball rolling pal. UTM

  5. Personally, I’d love spain to win d tourney….but irrespective of what happens tomorrow Pirlo must be crowned best player of d tourney. He’s been a notch above others thru out in dis competition

  6. As much as I’d like to believe the stats, they don’t count for much when the chips are down. The result will only add to the already bulging sac of stats but will most definitely be refered to at the end.

    I can’t seperate these teams although my heart says Italy for their organisation and gut. My head says Spain only because they may be luckier with the rub of the green as this is a golden era for Spanish football.

    Whatever happens, it is not one of the finals any football joe would want to miss or forgive him/herself for missing.

  7. Interesting stats……….precursor to a scintillating final!!!

  8. Nice stats bro… Kip ‘em coming

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