Monday, 2 July 2012

A to Z of UEFA EURO 2012 Story In Photo Gallery

From attendances to zoos via Błaszczykowski and Shevchenko, looks back over the highlights of Ukraine and Poland's 24-day football festival.
The largest single attendance was 64,640 at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv for the match between Sweden and England
Poland's captain and poster boy Jakub Błaszczykowski did as much as anybody for the home cause
Xabi Alonso celebrated his 100th cap with both goals for Spain against France
A spectacular thunderstorm stopped the Ukraine-France match at the Donbass Arena for 58 minutes
Crowds totalling over five million enjoyed the action in fan zones across the eight host cities
76 goals were scored in the 31 matches
Robert Lewandowski's opening goal of the finals was the first of 22 headers at UEFA EURO 2012
Republic of Ireland were the first team eliminated but their fans left a lasting impression
The Netherlands' Jetro Willems became the youngest player in EURO finals history when appearing against Denmark aged 18 years and 71 days
Poland's Przemysław Tytoń came off the bench to save a penalty with his first touch in the opening match
UEFA EURO 2012 ensured Poland and Ukraine have four world-class stadiums each
The UEFA EURO 2012 mascots were Slavek and Slavko
It was the first time the Dutch had exited a major tournament without a single point
Greece had the oldest player in 38-year-old goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias
Andrea Pirlo's Panenka-style effort was the pick of the penalties at the finals
Laurent Blanc and Bert van Marwijk have resigned their posts with France and the Netherlands since departing the EURO
Spain became the first team to retain the Henri Delaunay Cup and, moreover, the first to win three successive major titles
Andriy Shevchenko rolled back the years with the two headed goals that earned Ukraine an opening win against Sweden
There were 15,358 tweets per second – a record for a sports event – the moment Spain scored their fourth goal in the final
Greece overcame Russia through a goal from captain Giorgos Karagounis in one of the tournament's biggest upsets
Spain's final triumph earned the highest Spanish TV audience in history
Zlatan Ibrahimović's goal against France was one of the more spectacular strikes in the competition
Andrea Pirlo starred for Italy but even he was outshone by Spain's pass master Xavi Hernández
Joachim Löw's exciting Germany team were the youngest at the EURO
Fred the Ferret in Kharkiv Zoo was one of several contenders bidding to match the soothsaying feats of Paul the Octopus at the 2010 World Cup

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