Euro 2012 final: facts and figures
Facts and figures ahead of Sunday's Uefa Euro 2012™ final between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium (1845 GMT).
* If Spain win, they will equal Germany's record of three
European titles. Spain won the second Euro tournament in 1964
and the last one in 2008. They were also losing finalists to
hosts France in 1984.
* Italy's only previous European title was as hosts in 1968
when they beat Yugoslavia in the final. They were also
runners-up in 2000 when they lost 2-1 to France on a golden goal
in extra time.
* The European final has never been decided by a penalty
shootout in 13 previous tournaments. The last two finals were
decided by a solitary goal - Greece beat hosts Portugal 1-0 in
2004 and Spain beat Germany 1-0 four years ago in Vienna.
* Spain have met Italy seven times before in major
tournaments and never managed an outright win. Their only
success was in a penalty shootout at Euro 2008 in the
quarterfinals following a 0-0 draw. The two met in the group
stage at this tournament and drew 1-1.
* Nine of the 14 Spanish players who appeared in the 2008
final are in the current squad - Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos,
Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Cesc Fabregas,
Santi Cazorla and goalscorer Fernando Torres.
* Four of the six Spanish players who were voted on UEFA's
team of the 2008 tournament are missing. Imposing defender
Carles Puyol and the 2008 finals top scorer David Villa are
absent through injury. Carlos Marchena and Marcos Senna are no
longer in the squad. The two survivors are Casillas and Xavi.
* If Mario Balotelli, who scored two goals in Italy's 2-1
semi-final victory over Germany, finds the net again he could be
the tournament's outright leading scorer on four goals. Spain
have three players on two goals who could rival him - Torres,
Fabregas and Alonso. Balotelli shares the lead on three goals
with Alan Dzagoyev of Russia, Mario Gomez of Germany, Mario
Mandzukic of Croatia and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal.
* Spain, the world and European champions, have continued
their amazing run in competitive matches since losing to
Switzerland in their opening game of the 2010 World Cup. They
are unbeaten in 19 matches of which they have won 17. The two
draws were both at this tournament - 1-1 against Italy in the
group stage and 0-0 against Portugal in the semifinals. Spain
won that game on penalties but, statistically, it counts as a
* Spain have conceded only eight goals in that run of 19
games and have kept clean sheets in their last four games at
* The only player to score against Spain in this tournament
is Italy's Antonio Di Natale, who came on as a second half
substitute in the group game and found the net within five
* Italy have lost only two of their last 19 matches outright
at Euro finals. Apart from the 2000 final when they went down
2-1 to France in extra time, their only other defeat was a 3-0
loss to the Netherlands in a 2008 group game. They went out on
penalties to Spain in the quarterfinals that year after a 0-0