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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012 - Memorable moments 31170485 History in the making History+in+the+making Euro Cup

It is not often that we get to witness true greatness, which is why Spain’s 4-0 thrashing of Italy was one of more memorable moments of Euro 2012. Debates will now surface about whether Spain’s run to three straight international tournaments has made them the greatest of all time. Whether they are or not, only time will tell. For now, soccer fans all over the world will be able to say “I witnessed history in the making.” -Adam Bender

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Warsaw National Stadium on that night may have been the loudest stadium I have ever been in. The sight and sound of 50,000 Polish fans singing in unison raised the hairs on the back of your neck. It was an incredible spectacle that kicked off Euro 2012 in magical fashion. – Jamie Trecker

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012 - Memorable moments 31172807 Scissor twister Scissor+twister Euro Cup

The great goals: Ibrahimovic's incredible scissor kick; Balotelli’s screamer, and “Kuba’s” goal for Poland to hold Russia in one of the tensest games of the tournament. Even the weather couldn’t stop the party: when lightning and rain forced the players to come off the field in Donetsk, France came right back out and Yohan Cabaye sealed the deal for France over the cohosts. And that storm was pretty cool, too. – Jamie Trecker

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012 - Memorable moments 31174182 Unfortunate incidents Unfortunate+incidents Euro Cup

England fans have acquired a bad reputation over the years but they were positively angelic compared to some of the supporters on display in Poland and Ukraine. Not a day went by without one of the football associations being fined for racist chanting or the display of inappropriate banners. Top of the bad fans’ league by a long way were Russia and Croatia, although Spain were also fined for the behavior of their fans.


Even before the tournament had started a small section of Polish fans set the tone by abusing black Netherlands players at an open training session. In some ways Euro 2012 was one step forward, in others it was two steps back. -Warren Barner

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012 - Memorable moments 31172280 Goal-line argument Goal-line+argument Euro Cup

Two years after England demanded the introduction of goalline technology when Frank Lampard’s shot against Germany in the World Cup was ruled not to have crossed the line, the Three Lions got their own slice of luck. England, needing a draw against Ukraine, were leading 1-0 when Marco Devic’s shot was hooked clear by defender John Terry. Replays showed the ball had crossed the line but this wasn’t spotted by the referee’s goalline assistant at the time.


The result is that goalline technology could be approved by the International Football Association Board on 5 July. We live in hope. - Warren Barner

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012 - Memorable moments 31174183 Polish-Russian riots Polish-Russian+riots Euro Cup

You would have been forgiven for thinking a strange version of the Cold War had returned when Russian and Polish fans came to blows on the streets of Warsaw. Someone came up with the brilliant idea of allowing Russian fans to march on the streets of Warsaw in celebration of their national day. What could go wrong? Just about everything.


Tear gas and plastic bullets were used to quell the violence between the two sets of supporters. In total 183 arrests were made before the sides played out a tense 1-1 draw. -Warren Barner

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012 - Memorable moments 31170198 Irish pride Irish+pride Euro Cup

For six minutes during a lively rendition of “The Fields of Athenry,” sung by Irish supporters, I would never have guessed that Ireland was being crushed 4-0 by Spain, and at the end of a disastrous Euro 2012 campaign. While the Republic of Ireland were clearly far from stellar on the pitch, their fans were arguably the best of the tournament. – Kayla Knapp

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012 - Memorable moments 31165994 Poland goes all in! Poland+goes+all+in%21 Euro Cup

The way the Euros infiltrated every aspect of Polish culture: even people who were against having the tournament and hated the hype, got decked out in the nation's colors and belted out "Polska, bialo czerwoni!!" (Poland - White, Reds!) together with pride. The poster art, the face paint, the counter-exhibitions were all various expressions of the same joy, and they were delighted to show off their beautiful country on the world's stage. – Shanna van Volt

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012 - Memorable moments 31165995 Bet on it! Bet+on+it%21 Euro Cup

Nicklas Bendtner’s ambush marketing stunt was clever, shameless, yet illuminating/ UEFA fined the Dane more money for exposing Paddy Power’s logo to the world than it charged other teams for fan violence and racist behavior. Go figure!


Bendtner did us a public service with his cheeky ad: he exposed how hypocritical soccer officials can be. — Charles Ventura

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012 - Memorable moments 31172338 CR7's resurgence CR7%27s+resurgence Euro Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo had got off to a bad start at Euro 2012. Really bad. The Portugal captain blew chance after chance against both Denmark and Germany, and was in danger of being renamed Missed-iano Ronaldo. But then everything changed. Ronaldo burst into life with two goals against Netherlands which put his team into the quarterfinals. Just to prove that his double wasn't a fluke he then headed in the winner against the Czech Republic to justify the hype - Warren Barner

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012 - Memorable moments 31165993 Danny Welbeck's magical kick Danny+Welbeck%27s+magical+kick Euro Cup

The technique with which Danny Welbeck turned a half-decent pass from Theo Walcott into a sensational winner against Sweden. For a moment, as he checked his stride, part-turned and actually guided the ball away from the keeper with a trailing heel, I wondered if Lionel Messi had become a naturalized European. – Patrick Barclay

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012 - Memorable moments 31165992 Andrea Pirlo's “Panenka” tribute Andrea+Pirlo%27s+%26ldquo%3BPanenka%26rdquo%3B+tribute Euro Cup

The Italian maestro deserves every vote he will hopefully get as player of the tournament. He plays with such rare style, vision and grace it is a genuine pleasure to watch the way he runs football matches. Having dominated Italy's quarter-final against England, he stepped into the pressure cooker of a penalty shootout in which his team was trailing, and did the coolest thing you could ever imagine. Absolute class. – Amy Lawrence

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Euro Cup 1333783 1680 Euro 2012 - Memorable moments 31170196 Mario hits the world stage Mario+hits+the+world+stage Euro Cup

Mario Balotelli's second goal against Germany: one of those strikes so emphatic that you can't help but chuckle - a wonderful goal that deservedly won the game. – Jonathan Wilson


Mario Balotelli flexing his muscles after the Gigi Riva-like 'Thunder Clap' that was his second goal against Germany. The wider cultural significance of this strike shouldn't be underestimated back in a country that is still struggling to come to terms with its diversity. Balotelli is the personification of the new Italian. It is hoped that his performance in the semi-final will help lead to greater acceptance and recognition that if you're born and raised in Italy you have as much right be considered Italian as anyone else, regardless of skin color or ancestry. – James Horncastle

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