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FRANCE 2000 VS SPAIN 2008
Why her: Crowned with their first world championship title, the Blues present in Belgium and the Netherlands a workforce that looks like a war machine. The pillars of 98 are at the top and the young shoots of the World Cup have grown, like Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira or David Trezeguet, final hero of a tournament synonymous with the quintessence of the French team.
The typical team: Barthez – Thuram, Blanc, Desailly, Lizarazu – Vieira, Deschamps – Djorkaeff, Zidane, Henry – Dugarry.
Why her: Used to dominating club football thanks to its two giants from Madrid and Barcelona, Spain is struggling to convert these successes on the international scene. Until 2008. Forty-four years after his first continental title, La Roja de Luis Aragones is doing it again. The machine gets under way with talent to spare on all levels, from Casillas to the offensive pair Villa-Torres through the many midfield maestros, Xavi and Iniesta to name a few. Europe is conquered for the first time in Austria and Switzerland, the world will follow two years later.
L’équipe type: Casillas – Ramos, Marchena, Puyol, Capdevilla – Iniesta, Senna, Xavi, Silva – Villa, Torres
SPAIN 2012 VS FRANCE 1984
Why her: It’s a team that made history. Just that. During this Euro 2012, the Spain of Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Iker Casillas only confirmed its total domination on continental and world football. Pure talents, football IQ, experience and charismatic leaders: La Roja had it all. And after winning Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, she took the opportunity to become the first nation to achieve a Euro – World Cup – Euro treble. And if the Spanish selection has occasionally given the impression of purring, the final set the record straight. At the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Vicente Del Bosque’s team offered an impressive display of strength against a helpless Italy (4-0). The ultimate masterpiece of a then untouchable team.
L’équipe type: Casillas – Arbeloa, Piqué, Ramos, Jordi Alba – Xavi, Busquets, Xabi Alonso – Iniesta, Fabregas, David Silva
Why her: Two years after the scar in Seville, the France team turns promises into silver. A first in the history of French football. At home, the Blues win their Euro, with the most fantastic one man show seen on the continental scene. Ballon d’Or 1983, Michel Platini lives two dream days. The Euro is eight teams, Platoche ends with 9 goals on the clock. Absolute record. Unimaginable record. Two triplets in a row, three other goals in the other three matches, the number 10 of the Tricolores carries the band to Michel Hidalgo on his shoulders. Exceptional.
The typical team: Bats – Battiston, Le Roux, Bossis, Domergue – Giresse, Fernandez, Tigana – Platini – Lacombe, Bellone
See you on Thursday for the grand final of our tournament!
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