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Anyone who has had the opportunity to watch “La Roja” play soccer over the last 5 years realizes that they are, without a doubt, one of the greatest soccer teams in the history of the game. And given the way human nature seems to work—especially in the world of sports, which has the tendency to over inflate the ego—you might think this group of Spaniards would be pretty cocky right about now. After all, they just won their second straight Euro championship to follow up an impressive World Cup victory.
However, this is not the case. It seems that, even as they continue to add to their list of accomplishments on the field, Spain’s stable of talented soccer players continue to exhibit first-rate sportsmanship. Or, at the very least, this is true of their goalkeeper, Iker Casillas.
On Sunday, toward the end of Spain’s commanding 4-0 victory over Italy in the finals of Euro 2012, Casillias went over to one of the referees and requested that they forgo stoppage time out of respect for their opponents. And, luckily for us, the little exchange was caught on camera.
Check it out:
It was a classy move by the Spanish keeper. Those 3 or 4 minutes of added time wouldn’t have done anything to change the result, given that Italy was already playing a man down.
Of course, the refs were already on the same page as Casillias. As he was making his case to one ref, the other blew the whistle, bringing the tournament to a close, and making Spain’s second consecutive European Championship official.