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Germany Mourns Deserved Defeat: Spain Crowned Champions of Europe - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News

Spain has been partying through the night after its football team won its first major title in 44 years by beating Germany 1-0 in the European Championship final on Sunday. German commentators admit the victory was thoroughly deserved.

Spain is basking in football glory after winning the European Championship on Sunday with a deserved and easy 1-0 victory over Germany in which they again displayed the speed, tactics and world-class skills that had made them the favorites.

 It was Spain's first major title in 44 years -- they last won the European Championship in 1964 -- and the victory ended decades of disappointment that saw promising Spanish sides falter in international tournaments.

The 1-0 score in Sunday's final didn't reflect Spain's dominance. The young, highly talented team forged by veteran coach Luis Aragones outclassed a tired-looking German side devoid of ideas in attack and incapable of mustering a convincing defense.

by Fran on Mon Jun 30th, 2008 at 05:52:30 AM EST

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