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Thursday, May 31, 2012

World Chess Championship

The World Chess Championship is played to determine the World Champion in the Board Game Chess.  Men and women of any age are eligible to contest this title.

The official world championship is generally regarded to have begun in 1886, when the two leading players in Europe and the United States, Wilhelm Steinitz and Johann Zukertort, played a match. From 1886 to 1946, the champion set the terms, requiring any challenger to raise a sizable stake and defeat the champion in a match in order to become the new world champion.

From 1948 to 1993, the championship was administered by FIDE, the World Chess Federation.

In 1993, the reigning champion Garry Kasparov  broke away from FIDE, leading to the creation of two rival championships which remained until 2006 when the title was unified at the World Chess Champioship 2006.

Viswanathan Anand(India)is the current champion -
who won the  World Chess Championship in 2007,2008,2010 and 2012

India's Vishwanathan Anand won the World Chess Championship for the 5th time defeating his Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand on Wednesday May 30,2012 in Moscow.

India's Vishwanathan Anand sealed his fourth-consecutive world title beating Gelfand 2.5-1.5 in the four-match tie breaker at Moscow's State Tretyakov Gallery.

Viswanathan Anand has held the undisputed World Chess Champion title since October 2008, when he defeated Russia's Vladimir Kramnik in Bonn, Germany. He defended his title in 2009 by beating Bulgarian opponent Veselin Topalov 6.5-5.5 in Sofia.
Viswanathan Anand has been world champion since 2007, and this is his third successive title defence .
The Indian chess wizard bagged his first world title in 2000 before winning three in a row in 2007, 2008 and 2010

 Details of Viswanathan Anand's World Championship Wins
2000: After several near misses, Anand won the FIDE World Chess Championship for the first time after defeating Alexei Shirov 3-1/2 by 1/2 points in the final match held in Tehran, thereby becoming the first Indian to win that title.

2007: Anand became world champion again by winning the FIDE tournament held in Mexico City. He won the double round-robin event with a final score of 9 out of 14 points, a full point ahead of joint-second place finishers Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand.

2008: Anand convincingly defended the title against Kramnik in the world chess championship held between 14-29 October in Bonn, Germany. The winner was to be the first to score 6-1/2 points in the twelve-game match. Anand won by scoring the required points in 11 games, having won three of the first six games (two with the black pieces).

2010: Anand's hold on the world chess championship continued when he beat Veselin Topalov in Sofia, Bulgaria. The score was tied 5-1/2 after 11 games, but Anand forced his opponent to resign in the finale and retained the title.

2012: Anand retained the world championship for the third time by beating Boris gelfand in the rapid games. Anand beat Gelfand 2.5-1.5 in rapid chess tie-breaker at the Tretyakov Gallery here after the two Grandmasters ended the 12-game championship match with a 6-6 stalemate. 

Jayalalithaa hands over Rs. 2 crore to Anand


TN Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday June 06,2012 presented a cheque for Rs 2 crore to Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand for winning the World Chess Championship crown for the fifth time.
Anand, along with his wife Aruna, called on Ms. Jayalalithaa at the state secretariat where she complimented the world champion for his achievement.
The Chief Minister had earlier sent a letter to Anand saying that he had brought laurels both to Tamil Nadu and India and announced a reward of Rs 2 crore.
The state government has brought out a booklet in honour of Anand, fondly called as Vishy Anand, detailing his achievements from 1986 to 2012.
The information material, published by Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT), termed him as the “Pride of Chennai -- The Greatest Chess Player”, and praised him for bringing an “Anand Wave” to inspire more Indians take to the game.

Julian Assange loses extradition case

Britain’s Supreme Court on Wednesday May 30,2012 dismissed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s appeal against extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault, but gave him 14 days to seek a review after his lawyer argued that the court’s decision appeared to have been made on points not raised during the appeal and that her client might wish to have the case reopened.
However,Assange would, meanwhile, remain on bail. 

Earlier, by a majority of five to two, a special seven-member bench of Britain’s highest court rejected Julian Assange’s plea that the Swedish extradition warrant was "invalid and unenforceable’’ as it was issued by a public prosecutor who was not a ``judicial authority’’ under the 2003 Extradition Act.
The court, endorsing a previous High Court verdict, ruled that the warrant was "lawfully made’’ and Julian Assange could be extradited

Gen Bikram Singh succeed Gen V.K. Singh as Army Chief

Gen Bikram Singh, a veteran infantry officer, on Thursday May 31,2012 took over as the 25th Chief of the Indian Army succeeding Gen V.K. Singh who has a 26-month tenure ( became the 26 Chief of Staff of the Army on March 31, 2010)
Gen Bikram Singh(59)will have a tenure of two years and three months.Prior to his appointment as Army Chief, Gen Bikram was commanding the Kolkata-based Eastern Army Command.

Army Chief General V.K. Singh, who guided the destiny of over the one-million-strong Indian Army for the past 26 months, will retire on Thursday, leaving behind a tenure which witnessed a row over his age and controversy over charges of bribery and corruption in defence deals.

National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012

The Cabinet on Thursday May 31,2012 approved a new telecom policy that proposes to abolish roaming charges on mobile phones and allow users to retain the same number across the country.
NTP 2012 aims to provide free roaming to telecom users and allow them to retain their mobile number even outside their circles without having to pay any extra charge.
At present -
users have to pay extra when they receive or make a call in a circle outside their home network, called roaming charges.
also mobile number portability is not permitted outside circle

The 'American Idol' - Season 11


American Idol, titled American Idol: The Search for a Superstar for the first season, is a reality TV   singing competition created by Simon Fuller

and produced by Fremantle Media North America

 and 19 Entertainment.

 It began airing on Fox TV on June 11, 2002, as an addition to the Idol Franchise  based on the UK show Pop Idol, and became one of the most popular shows in the history of American TV

American Idol Season 11
Season 11 premiered on January 18, 2012.On May 23, 2012, Phillip Phillips won season eleven, with Jessica Sanchez the runner-up.
 Final 13 Contestants of Season 11 are -

 Finalists Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips listen as host Ryan Seacrest announces the winner onstage at the 'American Idol' finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles

Phillip Phillips(21)a bluesy Georgia guitar man, was crowned the new 'American Idol' after defeating teenager Jessica Sanchez 

 Winner Phillip Phillips performs onstage at the American Idol Finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez performing on Thursday May 17, 2012

 Runner-up Jessica Sanchez, left, congratulates winner Phillip Phillips onstage at the 'American Idol' finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles

Jennifer Lopez performs onstage at the 'American Idol' finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Rihanna performs onstage at the 'American Idol' finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The top 10 finalists perform onstage at the 'American Idol' finale on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 ,in Los Angeles
The Top 24 Contestants of Season 11

2012 UEFA Euro - June 08 - July 01,2012

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2012 will be the 14th European Championship for National Football Teams organised by UEFA and will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine during June 08 - July 01,2012

The qualifying process began in August 2010 and concluded in November 2011

14 Qualified Teams are -

  • Germany ( Group A winner )
  • Russia  ( Group B winner )
  • Italy  (Group C winner)
  • France ( Group D winner )
  • Netherlands ( Group E winner )
  • Greece ( Group F winner )
  • England ( Group G winner )
  • Denmark (Group H winner )
  • Spain( Group I winner )
  • Sweden (Best runner-up)
  • Croatia (Play-off winner)
  • Czech Republic (Play-off winner)
  • Republic of Ireland(Play-off winner)
  • Portugal(Play-off winner)

UEFA EURO 2012 Mascots will be called Slavek and Slavko

Adidas Tango 12 is the official Match Ball For 2012 UEFA EURO

Sexy Ukraine Cheerleaders

UEFA Euro 2012 Venues

8 cities have been selected by UEFA as host venues.They are -

Warsaw in Poland

Gdansk in Poland

Wroclaw in Poland

Poznan in Poland

Kiev in Ukraine

Lviv in Ukraine

Donetsk in Ukraine and

Kharkiv in Ukraine

16 Teams that qualified are grouped as -
The tournament features 16 Nations, the last European Championship to do so (from Euro 2016 onward, there will be 24 finalists)

Group A 

Coach - Franciszek Smuda
Captain - Jacub Blaszczykowski(26 years)

Goalkeeper - Wojciech Szczesny(22 years)

Polish Team

Coach - Fernando Santos(Portugal)

Captain -Giorgos Karagounis

Goalkeeper - Kostas Chalkias

Greece Team

Coach -Dick Advocaat (Netherlands)

Captain -Andrei Arshavin(31 years)

Goalkeeper -Igor Akinfeev(26 years)

Russian Team

Czech Republic
Coach -Michal Bilek

Captain - Tomas Rosicky(31 years)

Goalkeeper - Petr Cech

Czech Republic Team

Group B

Coach - Bert van Marwijk
Captain - Mark van Bommel(35years)


Netherlands Team

Coach -Morten Olsen 
Captain - Daniel Agger(27 years)
Goalkeeper -Stephan Andersen
Denmark Team

Coach - Joachim Loew

Captain - Philipp Lahm(28 years)

Goalkeeper - Manuel Neuer

German Team


Coach -Paulo Bento
Captain -Cristiano Ronaldo(27 years)

Goalkeeper -Eduardo 
Portugal Team

Group C

Coach -Vicente del Bosque

Captain - Iker Casillas(31 years)
Gaoalkeeper - Iker Casillas
Spain Team

Coach -Cesare Prandelli

Captain - Gianluigi Buffon(34 years)
Goalkeeper -Gianluigi Buffon
Italy Team

  Republic of Ireland
Coach -Giovanni Trapattoni(Italy)
Captain -Robbie Keane(31 years)
Goalkeeper - Shay Given 
Republic of Ireland Team

Coach - Slaven Bilic
Captain -Darijo Srna(30 years)
Goalkeeper - Stipe Pletikosa
Croatia Team

Group D


Coach - Oleh Blokhin
Captain -Andryi  Shevchenko(35 years)
Goalkeeper -Maksym Koval
Ukraine Team

Coach -Erik Hamren
Captain -Zlatan Ibrahimovic(30 years)
Goalkeeper -Andreas Isaksson
Sweden Team

Coach -Laurent Blanc

Captain - Hugo Lloris(25 years)
Goalkeeper - Hugo Lloris
France Team

Coach - Roy Hodgson 
Captain -Steven Gerrard(32 years)
Goalkeeper -Joe Hart
England Team

UEFA Euro 2012 Schedule
Date Time Match Stadium Stage Team 1 Result Team 2
Friday, June 8 16:00
National Stadium, Warsaw Opening Ceremony
First round of group stage matches
18:00 1 National Stadium, Warsaw Group A Poland   —  Greece
20:45 2 Municipal Stadium, Wrocław Russia   —  Czech Republic
Saturday, June 9 18:00 3 Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv Group B Netherlands   —  Denmark
20:45 4 Arena Lviv, Lviv Germany   —  Portugal
Sunday, June 10 18:00 5 PGE Arena, Gdańsk Group C Spain   —  Italy
20:45 6 Municipal Stadium, Poznań Republic of Ireland   —  Croatia
Monday, June 11 18:00 7 Donbass Arena, Donetsk Group D France   —  England
20:45 8 Olympic Stadium, Kiev Ukraine   —  Sweden
Tuesday, June 12 18:00 9 Municipal Stadium, Wrocław Group A Greece   —  Czech Republic
20:45 10 National Stadium, Warsaw Poland   —  Russia
Wednesday, June 13 18:00 11 Arena Lviv, Lviv Group B Denmark   —  Portugal
20:45 12 Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv Netherlands   —  Germany
Thursday, June 14 18:00 13 Municipal Stadium, Poznań Group C Italy   —  Croatia
20:45 14 PGE Arena, Gdańsk Spain   —  Republic of Ireland
Friday, June 15 18:00 16 Donbass Arena, Donetsk Group D Ukraine   —  France
20:45 15 Olympic Stadium, Kiev Sweden   —  England
Saturday, June 16 20:45 17 Municipal Stadium, Wrocław Group A Czech Republic   —  Poland
20:45 18 National Stadium, Warsaw Greece   —  Russia
Sunday, June 17 20:45 19 Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv Group B Portugal   —  Netherlands
20:45 20 Arena Lviv, Lviv Denmark   —  Germany
Monday, June 18 20:45 21 PGE Arena, Gdańsk Group C Croatia   —  Spain
20:45 22 Municipal Stadium, Poznań Italy   —  Republic of Ireland
Tuesday, June 19 20:45 23 Donbass Arena, Donetsk Group D England   —  Ukraine
20:45 24 Olympic Stadium, Kiev Sweden   —  France
Wednesday, June 20 No games scheduled
Thursday, June 21 20:45 25 National Stadium, Warsaw Quarter-finals 1A  — 2B
Friday, June 22 20:45 26 PGE Arena, Gdańsk 1B  — 2A
Saturday, June 23 20:45 27 Donbass Arena, Donetsk 1C  — 2D
Sunday, June 24 20:45 28 Olympic Stadium, Kiev 1D  — 2C
Monday, June 25 No games scheduled
Tuesday, June 26
Wednesday, June 27 20:45 29 Donbass Arena, Donetsk Semi-finals Winner of #25  — Winner of #27
Thursday, June 28 20:45 30 National Stadium, Warsaw Winner of #26  — Winner of #28
Friday, June 29 No games scheduled
Saturday, June 30
Sunday, July 1 18:45
Olympic Stadium, Kiev Closing Ceremony
20:45 31 Olympic Stadium, Kiev Final Winner of #29  — Winner of #30

2012 UEFA EURO Trophy Unveiled

Ukraine's striker Andriy Shevchenko and Croatian soccer star Davor Suker unveil the Euro trophy in Kiev, Ukraine

Euro 2012 mascot Slavek, tournament director in Ukraine Markiyan Lubkivsky, Andriy Shevchenko, Davor Suker, President of the Football Federation of Ukraine Hryhoriy Surkis, mascot Slavko during a presentation of the Euro 2012 Cup on Independence Square in Kiev

President of the Football Federation of Ukraine Hryhoriy Surkis and Oleksandr Popov, the head of Kiev city government during a presentation of the Euro 2012 trophy in Kiev

 2012 UEFA EURO Opening Ceremony

UEFA President Michel Platini is flanked by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych as they watch the Euro 2012 opening ceremony

 Performers make a formation that reads "UEFA Euro 2012" during the opening ceremony in Warsaw,Poland

 Artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Euro 2012 in Warsaw,Poland

 Group Stage Matches Schedule

Match 1 Poland Vs Greece - Friday June 08,2012

Poland drew with Greece 1-1 at the National Stadium,Warsaw
Robert Lewandowski scored for Poland in the 17th minute and
Dimitrios Salpingidis scored for Greece in the 51st minute

Match 2 Russia Vs Czech Republic - Friday June 08,2012

Russia defeats Czech Republic 4-1 at the Wroclaw Stadium
Alan Dzagoev 15';Roman Shirokov 24';Alan Dzagoev 79' and Roman Pavlyuchenko 82' scored for Russia and
Vaclav Pilar scored for Czech Republic at the 52nd minute

Match 3 Denmark Vs Netherlands - Saturday June 09,2012

Denmark beats Netherlands 1-0 at the Metalist Stadium
Michael Krohn-Dehli scored for Denmark in the 24th minute

Match 4 Portugal Vs Germany - Saturday June 09,2012

Germany beats Portugal 1-0 at the Arena Lviv
Mario Gómez scored for Germany at the 72nd minute

Match 5 Spain Vs Italy - Sunday June 10,2012
Italy drew with Defending Champion Spain 1-1 at the PGE Arena Gdansk
Antonio Di Natale scored for Italy at the 60th minute and
Cesc Fàbregas scored for Spain at the 64th minute

Antonio Di Natale celebrates with his teammates Italy's Antonio Cassano and Emanuele Giaccherini after scoring the opening goal
 Cesc Fàbregas scored the equaliser for Spain

 Match 6 Ireland Vs Croatia - Sunday June 10,2012

 Croatia beats Ireland 3-1 at the Stadium Poznan in Poland
Mario Mandzukic 3';Nikica Jelavic 43' and Mario Mandzukic 48' scored for Croatia and
Sean St Ledger scored for Ireland at the 19th minute

Match 7 France Vs England - Monday June 11,2012

 England drew 1-1 against France in Donbass Arena,Donetsk

Joleon Lescott scored for England in the 30th minute and
Samir Nasri scored for France in the 39th minute

Match 8 Ukraine Vs Sweden - Monday June 11,2012
 Ukraine Defeats Sweden 2-1 at the Olympic Stadium,Kyiv

Andriy Shevchenko scored for Ukraine in the 55 and 62nd minute

Zlatan Ibrahimović scored for Sweden in the  52nd minute

Match 9 Greece Vs Czech Republic - Tuesday June 12,2012

 Czech Republic Defeats Greece 2-1 at the Municipal Stadium,Wroclaw
Petr Jiracek in the 3rd minute and Vaclav Pilar in the 6th minute scored for Czech Republic
Gekas in the 53rd minute scored for Greece

Match 10 Poland Vs Russia - Tuesday June 12,2012
Poland And Russia Match ends in 1-1 draw at the National Stadium in Warsaw

Alan Dzagoev scored for Russia in the 37th minute 

Jakub Blaszczykowski scored for Poland in the 57th minute 

Match 11 Denmark Vs Portugal - Wednesday June 13,2012
Portugal Defeats Denmark 3-2
Pepe Scored for Portugal in the   minute 

Helder Postiga Scored for Portugal in the   minute 

Silvestre Varela Scored for Portugal in the   minute  

Nicklas Bendtner scores for Denmark in the   minute

Match 12 Netherlands Vs Germany - Wednesday June 13,2012
Germany Defeats Netherlands 2-1at the Metalist Stadium
Mario Gomez scored for Germany in the  minute and 
Van Perise scored for Netherlands in the 73rd minute

Match 13 Italy Vs Croatia - Thursday June 14,2012

The match ends in a 1-1 draw
Andrea Pirlo scored for Italy in the   minute and

Mario Mandzukic scores for Croatia in the  minute

 Match 14 Spain Vs Ireland - Thursday June 14,2012
Spain Defeats Republic of Ireland 4-0
Fernando Torres scored in the 4th and 70th minute for Spain

David Silva scored for Spain in the   minute and 

Cesc Fabregas scored for Spain in the  minute

 Match 15 Ukraine Vs France - Friday June 15,2012
France Defeats Ukraine 2-0
Jeremy Menez scores for France in the  minute and
 Yohan Cabaye scores for France in the  minute

 Match 16 England Vs Sweden - Friday June 15,2012

England Defeats Sweden 3-2
Andy Carroll heads the opening goal for England against Sweden in the minute

Theo Walcott scored for England in the 64th minute
Danny Welbeck scored for England in the 78th minute
Johnson scored for Sweden in the 49th minute and
Mellberg scored for Sweden in the 59th minute

Match 17 Czech Republic Vs Poland - Saturday June 16,2012
Czech Republic Defeats Poland 1-0
Petr Jiracek scored for Czech in the 72nd minute

Match 18 Greece Vs Russia - Saturday June 16,2012
Greece Defeats Russia 1-0
Giorgos Karagounis scored for Greece in the 45+2 minute 


Match 19 Portugal Vs Netherlands- Sunday June 17,2012

Portugal Defeats Netherlands 2-1 
Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal in the 28th and 74th minute and

Van der Vaart scored for Netherlands in the 11th minute

Match 20 Denmark Vs Germany- Sunday June 17,2012

Germany Defeats Denmark 2-1
Lukas Podolski in the 19th minute and Lars Bender in the 80th minute scored for Germany and 
Michael Krohn-Dehli scored for Denmark in the 24th minute




Match 21 Croatia Vs Spain- Monday June 18,2012
Spain Defeats Croatia 1-0
Jesus Navas scored for Spain in the 88th minute

Match 22  Italy Vs Republic of Ireland- Monday June 18,2012

Italy Defeats Ireland 2-0
Cassano in the 35th minute and Balotelli in the 90th minute scored for Italy

Match 23  Sweden Vs France - Tuesday June 19,2012

Sweden Defeats France 2-0
Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 54th minute and Sebastian Larsson in the 91st minute scored for Sweden 

Match 24  England Vs Ukraine - Tuesday June 19,2012

England Defeats Ukraine 1-0
Wayne Rooney scored for England in the 48th minute 

Teams that entered Quarterfinals are -

Group A                   P W D L GF  GA  GD  Pts
Czech Republic       3  2  0  1   4     5     -1     6
Greece                     3  1  1  1   3    3       0     4

Group B                 P W D L GF  GA  GD  Pts
Germany                3  3   0 0   5     2      3      9  
Portugal                 3  2   0  1   5    4       1      6

Group C                P W D L GF  GA  GD  Pts
Spain                     3  2   1  0  6     1      5     7
Italy                       3  1   2  0  4     2      2     5

Group D               P W D L GF  GA  GD  Pts
England                3  2   1 0   5     3      2     7
France                  3  1   1  1   3    3      0     4

Quarterfinals Schedule

Match 25  Czech Republic Vs Portugal - Thursday June 21,2012
Portugak Defeats Czech Republic 1-0 and enter the Semi-finals at the National Stadium,Warsaw
Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal in the 79 th minute

Match 26  Germany Vs Greece - Friday June 22,2012 

Germany Defeats Greece 4-2 and enter the Semi-finals
Philipp Lahm(in the 39 minute);Sami Khedira(in the 61st minute);Miroslav Klose(in the 68th minute) and Marco Reus(in the 75th minute) scored for Germany and 

Georgios Samaras(in the 55 minute) and Dimitris Salpingidis (in the 89th minute through a Penalty) scored for Greece

German Supporters

Greece Supporters

Match 27  Spain Vs France - Saturday June 23,2012

Spain Defeats France 2-0 and enter the semi-finals
Xabi Alonso scored for Spain in the 19th and 90+1(penalty) 

This Match was Xabi Alonso's 100th cap for Spain


Spanish Fans

Match 28  England Vs Italy - Sunday June 24,2012

Italy Defeats England 4-2 in the Penalty Shoot-Out after the two teams remain goalless in the full-time and as well as in the extra 30 minutes time


Penalty Shoot-Out Details -
Steven Gerrard scored for England

Wayne Rooney scored for England
Ashley Young  missed the penalty for England(shot hit the Goal Post and re-bounded)

Ashley Cole missed the penalty for England(Italian Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saved the shot)

Mario Balotelli scored for Italy

Riccardo Montolivo missed the penalty for Italy(shot outside the Goal Post)
Andrea Pirlo scored for Italy

Antonio Nocerino scored for Italy and

Alessandro Diamanti scored for Italy

Celebrations of the Italian Squad


 Italian  fans  watch and celebrate the team's victory as they watch the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between England and Italy on a giant screen in Rome

Teams that entered the semi-finals are -

Portugal(Group B)
Germany(Group B) and
Italy(Group C)

Semi-Final 1 on Wednesday June 27,2012 at Donbass Arena,Donetsk

Spain Defeats Portugal 4-2 in the Penalty Shoot-Out after the two teams ended Goalless in the full-time as well as the extra time of 30 minutes and entered the finals
Penalty Shoot-Out Details -

Xabi Alonso missed the penalty shoot-out
Andres Iniesta
Sergio Ramos and 
Cesc Fabregas

scored for Spain
Joao Moutinho misses the penalty shootout for Portugal

Pepe and Nani scored for Portugal and
Alves misses the penalty shootout for Portugal as he his shot rebounded from the Goalpost

Spanish Fans Celebrate the victory

A Portugal fan

A Spain supporter  

 A Portugal supporter 

 A soccer enthusiast reacts as she watches the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Spain and Portugal 

Semi-final 2 on Thursday June 28,2012 at National Stadium,Warsaw

Italy defeats Germany 2-1 and entered the finals
Mario Balotelli  scored for Italy in the 20 th and 36th minute and


Mesut Ozil scored for Germany in the 90+2 minute (Penalty )

Italy young soccer fan reacts during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy at a fan zone in Warsaw, Poland

 Italian Fans Celebrate the win

 Road to Finals of Italy and Spain

Italy                                                                                      Spain

Group Stage
Italy Drew with Spain 1-1                                                 Spain Drew with Italy 1-1
Italy Drew with Croatia 1-1                                              Spain Defeats Ireland 4-0
Italy Defeats Ireland 2-0                                                   Spain Defeats Croatia 1-0

Italy Defeats England 4-2 in Penalty Shoot-Out             Spain Defeats France 2-0

Italy Defeats Germany 2-0                                             Spain Defeats Portugal 1-0

 Closing Ceremony before the UEFA Euro 2012 final

 The national flags of Spain and Italy are displayed in the centre of the pitch during the closing ceremony

Finals - Italy Vs Spain at Olympic Stadium,Kiev,Ukraine -July 01,2012





Italian Fan at the Finals               Spanish Fan at the Finals


Spain Beats Italy 4-0 for UEFA EURO 2012 Title


David Silva 14th minute








Jordi Alba 41st minute








Fernando Torres 84th minute and 







Juan Mata 88th minute 










scored for Spain to clinch the title for 2nd consecutive time and becomes the 1st team to win back-to-back titles.(earlier in 2008)


Also Spain equal Germany's record of  3 EURO Titles(1964;2008 and 2012 for Spain and 1972;1980 and 1996 for Germany)


Also Spain got the biggest winning margin in a Euro final — beating West Germany’s 3-0 over the Soviet Union from 1972


Also Spain became the 1st Nation to win 3 Big Football Titles in a Row - 2008 UEFA Euro;2010 World Cup and 2012 UEFA EURO


La Furia Roja (The Red Fury, as the Spanish Team is called by its fans)game was not good in the semi-fnals against Portugal.However,in the finals the Spanish Team hailed as one of the best team ever,played the famed passing game swiftly

Spanish Team Celebrates the victory


 Spanish Fans Celebrate the Victory




Fernando Torres(Spain) Wins Euro 2012 Golden Boot

Andrés Iniesta(Spain) Named as Player of Euro 2012 Tournament


Uefa said: "Andrés Iniesta has been nominated as the Euro 2012 Best Player of the Tournament by the 11-man technical team of Uefa who have been following all the matches."

The announcement came as Uefa released its list of 23 players named as the squad of the tournament.

Uefa's 23-man squad of the tournament:
Goalkeepers Buffon (Italy), Casillas (Spain), Neuer (Germany).
Defenders Piqué (Spain), Coentrao (Portugal), Lahm (Germany), Pepe (Portugal), Ramos (Spain), Alba (Spain).
Midfielders De Rossi (Italy), Gerrard (England), Xavi (Spain), Iniesta (Spain), Khedira (Germany), Busquets (Spain), Ozil (Germany), Pirlo (Italy), Xabi Alonso (Spain).
Forwards Balotelli (Italy), Fábregas (Spain), Ronaldo (Portugal), Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Silva (Spain).

 Spanish Team's Celebration of the Euro 2012 Victory in Madrid



Spanish Football Team Gets Royal Reception
Captain Iker Casillas gives the Euro 2012 trophy to Spain's King Juan Carlos, watched by coach Vicente del Bosque at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid

Spain's King Juan Carlos holds a Spanish soccer shirt with his name on it that was presented to him by Spain's national soccer team players at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid

Spain's King Juan Carlos and Crown Prince Felipe watch Spain's Princess Sofia as she puts her arm into the Euro 2012 trophy next to Princess Leonor during a visit by the national soccer team members to the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid

Previous Winners of Euro Championships

 2008 - 13th UEFA EURO held in Austria and Switzerland June 7-29,2008 with 16 Teams Competing
2008 - Spain Defeats Germany 1-0

2004 - 12th UEFA EURo held in Portugal June 12 - July 4,2004 with 16 Teams Competing
2004 - Greece Defeats Portugal 1-0

 2000 - 11th UEFA EURO held in Belgium and Netherlands June 10- July 2,2000 with 16 Teams Competing
2000 -   France Defeats Italy 2-1

 1996 - 10th UEFA EURO held in England June 8-30,1996 with 16 Teams Competing
1996 -  Germany Defeats Czech Republic 2-1

 1992 - 9th UEFA EURO held in Sweden June 10-26,1992 with 8 Teams Competing
1992 -  Denmark Defeats Germany 2-0

 1988 - 8th UEFA EURO held in West Germany June 10-25,1988 with 8 Teams Competing
1988 - Netherlands Defeats USSR 2-0

Euro 88 was a rare incidence of a major football tournament ending without a single sending-off or goalless draw, nor any knockout matches going to extra time or penalties.

1984 -7th UEFA EURO held in France June 12-27,1984 with 8 Teams Competing
1984 - France Defeats Spain 2-0

 1980 - 6th UEFA EURO held in Italy June 11-22,1980 with 8 Teams Competing
1980 -West Germany Defeats Belgium 2-0

 1976 - 5th UEFA EURO held in Yugoslavia June 16-20,1976
 with 4 Teams competing Czechoslovakia;Netherlands;West Germany and Yugoslavia
1976 - Czechoslovakia deafeats West Germany 2-2(5-3 in penalty)

 1972 - 4th UEFA EURO held in Belgium Hune 14-18,1972
 with 4 Teams competing -Belgium;Hungary;Soviet Union and West Germany
1972 - West Germany Defeats USSR 3-0

1968 -3rd UEFA EURO held in Italy June 5 -10,1968
with 4 Teams competing - England;Italy;Soviet Union and Yugoslavia
1968 - Italy Defeats Yugoslavia 2-0

1964 - 2nd UEFA EURO held in Spain June 17-21,1964
with 4 Teams competing Spain;Denmark;Soviet Union and Hungary
1964 - Spain Defeats USSR 2-1

1960 - 1st UEFA EURO held in France July 6-10,1960
with 4 Teams competing France;Czechoslovakia;Soviet Union and Yugoslavia
1960 - USSR Defeats Yugoslavia 2-1