Euro 2012 Schedule: Why Spain vs. Germany Is Best Possible Finals Matchup

Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 25, 2012

GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 22:  Holger Badstuber  and  Thomas Muller of Germany speak  during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Germany and Greece at The Municipal Stadium on June 22, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
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If you want the best possible football in the Euro Cup Finals, you want Spain and Germany. 

Yes, Portugal has Cristiano Ronaldo and he's good for a highlight or 12 just about every time he walks on the pitch, and Italy proved against England it can get off about 87 shots (OK, 35, but it felt like 87) in a 120-minute span.

But, come on. It's Spain and Germany. It doesn't get better than that and there's no question in my mind these are the two squads most deserving of a final performance. That, of course, doesn't mean anything, but let's take a closer look at why it's best for everyone.

You know, except for Portugal and Italy fans. 


Euro 2012 Schedule (via ESPN)

Portugal vs. Spain: Wednesday, June 27, 2:45 p.m. EST

Germany vs. Italy: Thursday, June 28, 2:45 p.m. EST

Final: Sunday, July 1, 2:45 p.m. EST


Battle of the Midfield

There's no question Spain and Germany have the top two midfields in the world. 

Spain's midfield is so good, they don't even need a striker. Not only does its midfield keep control of the possession, it scores goals too. 

Considering it is led by David Silva, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Xabi Alonso, it's not hard to see why this core is so dominant. 

Of course, the Germans aren't too bad in the middle of the field, either. Mesut Ozil has had one of the best tournaments of anyone working on the outside, Miroslav Klose has constantly looked dangerous in attack and Bastian Schweinsteiger has always been one of the best conductors in the world. 

Doesn't get better than this matchup.


Attacking Style

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: Jordi Alba of Spain and Mathieu Debuchy of France challenge for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Laurence Griffith
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Not only do each of these squads have about 14 different attacking players who can put the ball in the back of the net, they both have defenders who enjoy moving up, too. 

Of course, both teams accomplish these things differently. 

Spain plays the more beautiful football, moving and passing and playing keep away like a well-oiled machine. Over time, as they keep possession for minutes at a time, the left and right backs will begin to move up and look to swing balls into the middle. 

Jordi Alba proved to be dangerous on the attack against France. 

Germany, on the other hand, just come at you with force. They don't necessarily play the possession game quite like Spain, but they'll push forward and break your defense. Oftentimes, players like Mats Hummels and Philipp Lahm will join in the act. 

Both of these squads like to score goals, and unless it ends 2-2 or 3-3, you know it won't unfairly be decided by penalties. 

In a match of the best team in the world against the "other" best team in the world, that's about all you can ask for.

This matchup is exactly what this thrilling tournament needs to end on.