This Day In Sports History (June 29th) – Spain Men’s Soccer Team
It was on this day in 2008 that the finals for the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament took place at Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna, Austria. Spain would defeat Germany 1-0 to earn their second European Championship.
Spain cruised through the group stage, winning all three games and outscoring their opponents by an 8-3 margin. They would meet the defending World Cup champion Italians in the quarterfinals and after 120 minutes of scoreless, defensive soccer, Spain won the match on penalty kicks. Next up were the Russians, who were no match for the Spaniards, losing 3-0. That setup a classic matchup between Spain and Germany to see who would be crowned as Europe’s best.
Fernando Torres scored in the 33rd minute and Spain would shut down the German attack to earn the victory. David Villa would lead all goal scorers with four, while Xavi was named as the Player of the Tournament.
Spain will have the chance to repeat as UEFA European Football Champions when they face Italy in the Euro 2012 finals on Sunday, but judging by the Azzurri’s performance during their 2-1 semifinal victory over Germany, earning back-to-back championships won’t be easy for the Spaniards.
Here is Fernando Torres’ game winning goal.
Harmon Killebrew, MLB – Born June 29th 1936 (age 76) in Payette, Ohio
Dan Dierdorf, NFL – Born June 29th 1949 (age 63) in Canton, Ohio
Theoren Fleury, NHL – Born June 29th 1968 (age 44) in Oxbow, Saskatchewan