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Nike air max womens sneakers kyiv, UKRAINE so they meet again at Euro 2012. This time, however, Spain and Italy are playing for the European Championship and a place nike air max 90 store in the history books.
The Mediterranean rivals meet Sunday in Kyiv Olympic Stadium, three weeks after they drew 11 in their opening match of the tournament group stage.
As the defending champion and World Cup holder, Spain is bidding to win a third straight major title and cement its place as one of the greatest national sides of all time. It would also match Germany record of winning three European Championship titles.
Only the unpredictable Mario Balotelli and a surprising Italy team orchestrated by Andrea Pirlo stand between Spain and what many see as its destiny.
Even Italy coach Cesare Prandelli reckons that Spain is the best bet to lift the trophy.
the moment, even if I open my eyes, nike air max 90 store I am still dreaming, Prandelli said after his side 21 victory over Germany in the semifinals, where Balotelli scored both goals.
However, he added that remain favourites because of the years of hard work that they have put in. They have been dominant in every game they played so far. The West Germans managed it in 1976, but subsequently lost to Czechoslovakia following Antonin Panenka famous chip shot in a penalty shootout.
This final brings together teams with players who are brazen enough to have successfully copied Panenka audacious spot kick during their sides penalty shootouts in the knockout rounds. Spain defender Sergio Ramos used it in the semifinal win over Portugal, after Pirlo employed it against England in the quarterfinals.
It also features the tournament best defensive team against one of its most exciting attacking sides.
Spain has not conceded since that opening draw with Italy and hasn conceded a goal in nine elimination games at major tournaments. Balotelli, Antonio Cassano and Pirlo are meanwhile leading one of Italy most attackminded teams in recent history.
always just tried to play, I think that is our strength, said Prandelli, whose team is bidding to give Italy its second European title, the same number as Spain and France.
we started off at this tournament, we were convinced that by working in a certain way we could become a proper team not just a quality team, but also a team with the right spirit.
waited a long time for this moment, especially because my mother came all the way here and I wanted to make nike air max womens sneakers her happy, he said after the victory over Germany. is the greatest evening of my life, but I hope Sunday will be even better.
the final my father is coming, too, added the striker, nike air max 90 store who has a chance to finish as the tournament top scorer with one more goal. I hope to score. Spain hasn beaten Italy in a nike air max womens sneakers competitive match that didn end in penalties since 1920.
Spain attack has featured a rotating cast of forwards, with attacking midfielder Cesc Fabregas usually being preferred to striker Fernando Torres. On Sunday, coach Vicente del Bosque is likely to repeat the 460 formation he first deployed against Italy on June 10.
Substitutes Pedro Rodriguez and Jesus nike air max womens sneakers Navas have had impressive tournaments, and Del Bosque certainly values the contribution of players who don feel slighted by being on the bench.
you send out a substitute who is upset, it always makes things more difficult. When you send out a player who is happy and ready to play one minute if that what needed, that is very important, said Del Bosque, who can match West Germany Helmut Schoen as the only coaches to have won a European Championship and a World Cup.
Del Bosque admitted that Portugal had not only made Spain look sloppy for more than an hour, but had taken his players the limit.
proud of what we are doing and of course we hope to achieve what no one else has done before, Del Bosque said, before touching on what victory would mean with an economic crisis back home nike air max womens sneakers.