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BBC pundits on Euro 2008 final

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Alan Hansen
Alan Hansen
BBC Sport football expert and Match of the Day summariser

Spain showed you do not need height when you have touch, technique and passing. They showed what the rest of Europe has to aspire to.

They had chance after chance after chance. It was a bit like watching Arsenal in the way they try to walk it in, but there were so many great passing moves.

I am delighted for Fernando Torres with the Liverpool connection and I cannot believe Luis Aragones took him off.

For the goal he took a bad first touch but showed great pace to get on to it quickly and it was a great, great finish.

When questions have been asked this Spain side have answered them emphatically.

I think we have seen the powerbase of Europe shifting

Alan Hansen
They have a good manager, a great team and are fantastic to watch.

With them you can throw the coaching manual away. It was effortless and pleasing on the eye. They get it and play it and they have so many options.

I have nothing but admiration for the Germans. I cannot believe how bad they have been throughout the tournament and they did well to get to the final.

They are bad as I have ever seen - they could have been beaten five or six in Vienna.

Iker Casillas in the Spain goal never had a shot to save. In 90 minutes the Germans never really went close.

Germany had a good 10 minutes but they did not create anything and Spain came back and absolutely annihilated them.

Whenever there were questions asked about Spain they answered them.

The penalties against the Italians was a prime example and they came through in style.

They have thrilled everyone. When you watch that type of play you have to admire it.


The manager Luis Aragones should take a lot of credit. They have got multi-talented players but you also have to stop the opposition and he has done it.

The tournament has been great, Spain have been great and the celebrations were all right as well.

It is fantastic and a long time coming. Every two years we say will it be Spain's turn? They have spent a long time in the wilderness and now they have won the whole thing.

I think we have seen the powerbase of Europe shifting, they are a young team and in 2010 they will start favourites - it will no longer be the Germans and the Italians.

Player of the tournament: Marcos Senna, Andres Iniesta and Xavi have been brilliant but I am going for David Villa for his goals. They were the springboard for their success.

Alan Shearer
Alan Shearer
BBC Sport football expert and Match of the Day summariser

Spain thoroughly deserved it, from the start to the end of the tournament.

They scored more than everyone else, conceded fewest and played some fantastic football while they were doing it.

We thought nerves might get the better of them in the last 20 minutes as they haven't been in this type of situation recently, but no.

I cannot remember Casillas having a shot to save in the final stages and Spain were dominant.

Even in their third group game when they played their reserves against Greece they performed in exactly the same manner.

David Villa got four goals and I am delighted for him, he deserves his medal for a brilliant tournament and it's not easy watching from the sidelines.

There's more to come from this Spanish side. They have got enough young players to stick together, keep the same group together and they'll be confident of doing well at the World Cup in two years' time.

From a German point of view, I just cannot believe they got this far

Alan Shearer
They all want the ball, they are all comfortable on the ball and it's a kind of football you really could get used to watching.

Spain have really entertained everyone. They keep it on the floor, knock the ball around and pass and move and they are the best team in the tournament by far.

What do people want at home? They want to be entertained. Some of their football has been special.

Torres showed so much determination and pace to get to the ball to score it was a terrific effort.

We asked the question before the game if it was going to be Fernando's night without his mate David Villa next to him and he came up trumps big time.

Defensively Germany were so weak it's unbelievable. Every single team they played against had so many chances to score it was untrue.

From a German point of view, I just cannot believe they got this far. They are so poor, Spain cut through them time after time and they could easily have got three or four.

Spain have deserved everything they've got - they've had no luck along the way, they've just earned everything.

If you love football, you have to be happy with this result. It has been a victory for football, it's been a magnificent tournament.

Player of the tournament: I'm going to be different and go for Carles Puyol. Every backline needs a leader and he was it.

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill
BBC Sport football expert and Match of the Day summariser

Spain have been brilliant to watch. It has been a bit like switching the television on and watching Barcelona in recent years.

They have fantastic technique and ability and a complete mastery of the ball. They thoroughly deserved to win. There were flashes from Holland, Portugal and Croatia but Spain have been absolutely fantastic.

I'm delighted for Aragones. He has taken a lot of criticism in the last few years but has come back.

In the qualifying rounds they lost to Northern Ireland at Windsor Park and he was under severe pressure but fought his way back.

There have been a number of stories in the tournament, including Turkey and our hearts go out to them. But Spain have been the team that deserved everything to come their way.

The Germans had a little spell where you thought they might just get into the game.

Michael Ballack will be disappointed, he missed out on the final at the World Cup in 2006 and perhaps he was not fit, but he was their one world class player in an average side.

They have come up with a talented team with question marks but answered all of them

Martin O'Neill
You need more than that. I think only Diego Maradona is the only player ever to win a major tournament on his own. Ballack just did not have the calibre of players he needed around him.

Spain have been magnificent. I always felt they were big underachievers for years. They have come up with a talented team with question marks but answered all of them.

From the manager to the substitutes to the players - everyone has come up trumps.

Tactically they got it spot on. The substitutions were really big decisions he had to make and he got every single one right.

I thought after the World Cup in 2006 it might get a bit negative in the later stages, but I have been pleasantly surprised.

We have had the odd diabolical game but overall it is been terrific and been won by Spain. What a journey for them.

Player of tournament: Two years ago I thought Marcos Senna's legs had gone but as they have progressed he has taken a major role in proceedings.

Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Martin O'Neill were talking to BBC One's Match of the Day

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