SPORT TALK: Boring? This Spain side should be cherished

Best ever? Spain captain Iker Casillas lifts the UEFA European Championship trophy after the final whistle. Photo by TONY MARSHALL (EMPICS Sport)
Best ever? Spain captain Iker Casillas lifts the UEFA European Championship trophy after the final whistle. Photo by TONY MARSHALL (EMPICS Sport)
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BORING witnessing footballing history, wasn’t it?

Much like those old enough to remember the 1970 Brazil team (I’ve seen the videos), every genuine football fan shouldn’t take the success of this Spanish golden generation for granted.

I’ve certainly never seen football like it in my lifetime and anybody branding the Euro 2012 winners ‘boring’ clearly knows nothing about the game.

It’s perhaps true that Spain’s second string would be the only side capable of beating them – a measure of how dominant Vicente Del Bosque’s side are.

Italy embarrassed England and outfoxed the brilliant Germans, but Spain crushed them. A worrying reminder of just how far behind we all are.

I SEE the BBC wiped the floor with ITV in the battle for final viewing figures too. Was there every any doubt? Neither do football very well, but the combination of the hopeless Adrian Chiles, dull Andy Townsend and copious amounts of breaks was never going to be a winning formula.

But somebody at the Beeb needs to retire Mark Lawrenson. He’s like an embarrassing uncle at a wedding, constantly dropping one-line clangers and archaic clichés.

WHILE I’m on pundits, wasn’t the Andrea Pirlo love-in cringey? One of the top midfielders in European football for the past decade, the Italian maestro was undoubtedly one of the competition’s key men.

But why was that a surprise to the vast majority of the British experts? It was like Pirlo had only just appeared on their radar. Also annoying was Guy Mowbray branding Alessandro Diamanti a “West Ham reject” seconds before he slotted home the winning penalty against England.

Such a lazy line. The notion that any player who hasn’t cut it in the Premier League is a failure or non-entity really is incredibly short-sighted.

HERE is my team of the tournament: Buffon, Lahm, Sergio Ramos, Piqué, Jordi Alba; Pirlo, Xavi; Ronaldo, Iniesta, Özil; Balotelli.