Euro 2012 Final: Spanish Victory Would Make La Roja Best Team in Sports Today

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 1, 2012

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27:  Cesc Fabregas of Spain celebrates scoring the winning penalty with team-mates during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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A Spanish win over Italy in the 2012 European Final would make La Roja the best team in all of sports today.

By most accounts, Spain is the favorite in this match, but Italy showed that it flourishes when slapped with the underdog label.

Victory won't be easy to achieve, but a win in Kyiv would prove that no team in any sport can match Spain's sustained dominance. The dynasty that Spain has begun to establish since winning the 2008 European Championship is one of the more impressive feats that the sports world has witnessed.

In the 2008 tournament under Luis Aragones, Spain scored 12 goals and conceded just five in six games. In the 2012 World Cup, the Spanish scored eight goals, allowing just two. In this European Championship, La Roja has notched eight goals through five games while only letting up one.

The statistics matter much less than the results. There is supposed to be parity in major international football tournaments, and there certainly is, but Spain hasn't had a problem winning the last two.

This compilation of Spanish players were better than 15 other teams in the 2008 European Championship. They were better than 31 other teams in South Africa in 2010. Now they are just 90 minutes away from forever cementing themselves as one of the greatest dynasties the world has ever seen.

It isn't just the results either. It's how the team as a whole works to get those results. Vicente Del Bosque and Spain play football in an entirely different way than any team that has come before them.

The "tiki-taka" style of play drives many teams crazy. It's reminiscent of the Los Angeles Lakers "Triangle Offense" that was instituted by Phil Jackson. Not in the way it works, but in the way that it is nearly impossible to defend when it is performed flawlessly.

The team's main weakness since its inception has been the inability beat Italy for almost a century. Many other teams have fallen to the Spanish, and done so in less than impressive fashion, but the Italians haven't lost to Spain in regular time since 1920.

The 2012 European Championship may be the best chance Spain has to win a major tournament in the near future. It hasn't exactly run roughshod on the competition in Poland and Ukraine, and some believe that its stranglehold on the world of soccer is slipping.

Yet, La Roja is in the final against Italy. If Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Xavi Hernandez and company can finish atop Italy after the final, they will have earned the right to call themselves the best team in the world across every sport.