|Spain U-21 Euro 2011 Champions|
Spain continues winning titles, this time with the U - 21 youngsters following the A-TEAM & in the process assuring their place in the London Olympic Games. Spanish Forward ADRIAN was announced "Player of the Championship" & his 5 goals gave him the "Leading Goal scorer Award". FC Barcelona player THIAGO was awarded "Man of The Match" for the Final. However, I would like to mention the extraordinary performance of At. Bilbao midfielder & Spain Captain JAVI MARTINEZ who for me was the man of the whole tournament.
|Goal Spain by Herrera|
Switzerland are a fine team with some excellent players that held Spain with some tight disciplined defending. But in the 40th min ANDER HERRERA headed a magnificent cross to put Spain ahead in a Swiss lapse.
|Thiago for Spain|
Spain dominated most of the 2º half but were not able to "kill off" a stubborn Swiss team that kept looking for the equalizer & even had a clear chance from a set piece that did not happen for them. Then in the 80th min while Spain made a substitution, THIAGO took a free kick from 35 mts that caught the Swiss goalie off his line & surprised everyone with the second & the clincher for Spain.
This goal basically finished things off to give the Spanish youngsters the European Title which was last won back in 1998. From here congratulations to all the boys as Spain has a its Football future assured with some excellent players coming up & through the ranks.