Tuesday 24 October 2017

Mitch Philips: Spain the greatest of all time after Euro 2012 success ... but do the facts stack up?

Fans of Spain wave Spanish flags as they celebrate in their vehicles after Spain's victory over Italy. Photo: Reuters
Fans of Spain wave Spanish flags as they celebrate in their vehicles after Spain's victory over Italy. Photo: Reuters

THE praise has been raining down on Spain from all quarters following their 4-0 destruction of Italy in Sunday's Euro 2012 final and the question on everyone's lips is "are they the best team ever to have played the game?

A scientist would say it is a question that cannot be answered, because the Spain team who triumphed with such panache in Kiev, were not the same 11, or 14 players, who won the World Cup two years ago or who began their unprecedented treble by winning the 2008 European Championship.

Fans, however, are not restricted by such pedantry. They are free to compare teams in whichever way they like - by a particular match, tournament, or even era.

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