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Prandelli consoles Balotelli

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Cesc Fabregas was immense in the final

Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas hits back over 'boring' claims

Cesc Fabregas is not going to let jibes about 'boring' Spain spoil the best day of his life.

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque misses his kick last night

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Now, there can be no more questions. Not only might Spain be the greatest team of all time after winning an astonishing third successful trophy. They may well be the most innovative. Not to mention, at this exalted level, unbeatable.

Spain's David Silva scores the opening goal during the Euro 2012 final

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Vicente del Bosque stops any Real-Barça rivalry in his squad

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no regrets over failure to eliminate Italy

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no regrets over passing up the chance to eliminate Italy from Euro 2012 ahead of his side's meeting with Cesare Prandelli's men in Sunday's final.

Mario Balotelli celebrates his first goal

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Mario Balotelli insists Sunday's Euro 2012 final will feature the best two teams in the competition.

Iker Casillas has pulled off a
number of important saves
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However badly things are going for the country, football has been an oasis

That way to the final. Andrea
Pirlo was in brilliant form again

Andrea Pirlo's velvet touch takes Italy past Germany to place in Euro 2012 final

That is the cost of the overwhelming German energy. It creates such a rush

Bert van Marwijk's side stumbled out of Euro 2012 at the group stage

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Speculation is already rife over who will replace Bert van Marwijk as coach of the Netherlands, the biggest underachievers of Euro 2012, and there are no shortage of candidates.

Harry Redknapp says Roy Hodgson needs time to make his mark on England

Harry Redknapp leaps to defence of Roy Hodgson and England

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