Another grand final has passed and we've four years to wait until France 2016. With a day gone to digest (and research) Euro 2012, we're here with our final collection of snapshots from Poland and the Ukraine.
La Glorious Roja
Gosh, where do we starting the plaudits? Well, the obvious big feat accomplished by Spain's little feet in winning it all was becoming the first team to win consecutive European Championships. They are now the first team to win three straight major tournaments, what with a World Cup 2020 crown sandwiched between the Euro-repeat. But you probably already know that, and you may even be aware that their 4-0 final victory over Italy was the biggest ever at a major tourney.
Beyond that trio of tricks, The Furious Red also ran their big dance shutout streak to an astounding 990 minutes. Coach Vincente Del Bosque became the first coach to win the treble of Euro, World Cup and Champions League titles, while striker Fernando Torres is now the first to have scored in consecutive European Championship finals.
And they did it all in an even stingier manner with possession than at World Cup 2010, when they averaged about 570 passes per game. This time, Spain attempted a fraction under 682 each match.
No Rest For The Wicked
Only three Euro 2012 players will now turn straight to the Summer Olympics in London, and they all celebrated the title with Spain: Jordi Alba, Javi Martinez and Juan Mata.
The last players to pull such a double duty? The Italy duo of Matteo Ferrari and Andrea Pirlo in 2004.
Goals - Part Deux
As is often the case, tourney goal production dropped once we reached the knockouts - but not by that much.
While the teams didn't quite match the 2.5 goals per game from the group stage, they did manage 16 in 7 knockout matches. That's not a bad rate for beyond the group stage by any means, but it still lagged short of the 20 bagged four years ago.
Overall, the tourney saw 76 goals, well short of the record 85 back in 2000. However, Euro 2012 did blow away an old tournament standard with 26 headed goals rung up.
It's late... do you know where your fans are?
Look, I understand that money is the center of the universe and TV is just so terribly important - but I have to say that UEFA did no favors of any kind to host nation Ukraine with the scheduling.
No less than 12 tourney games in that country started at 10:45 p.m. local time, including the final. Not only did this surely limit the number of kids able to attend matches, but it probably dimmed the run-off business for local establishments and essentially invited the troublemakers out.
I'm really not sure why "mainland" Europe just had to insist on 8:45 start times, and frankly, I'm not sure why the Ukraine went along with it. This cannot be the new way, where TV audiences come before attendees and the host nation.
S365 Team of the Tournament
G - Iker Casillas (Spain)
RB - Glen Johnson (England)
CB - Mats Hummels (Germany)
CB - Pepe (Portugal)
LB - Jordi Alba (Spain)
DM - Andrea Pirlo (Italy)
DM - Xabi Alonso (Spain)
CM - Xavi (Spain)
AW - Andres Iniesta (Spain)
AW - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
F - Fernando Torres (Spain)
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