To celebrate and wrap up a memorable UEFA EURO 2012, we headed to Kiev on 1st July to create an equally special film of the final day. The film was shot using super slow-motion cameras and cutting edge drone-mounted cameras operating high above the city.
After his performance in the 2012 UEFA Euros for the Spanish National team, Barcelona has signed the Valencia player Jordi Alba. This brings their squad up to eight Spanish National players who are on the main squad and twelve if you include their recent call ups and frequent players. Barcelona is entirely comprised of prominent international players, most of them being on Spain’s national team. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? What will come of having so many players mixing on another team with players from rival clubs?
How it can be good for Barcelona:
- The players will have the benefit of going up against some of the best teams in the world internationally and gaining extra experience from doing so.
- The more playing time they get with each other they will be as a team, the more challenging and difficult the play is the better they will be. Granted they are in one of the most challenging leagues to be in and they are also in the Uefa champions league so they already up against some heavy hitters but international play is a entirely different level of play.
- Having a team stacked with players from a team of reigning World Cup Champions, and winners of the UEFA Euro Championships two years in a row has a bit of a psychological effect on opposing teams. Also having so many top notch nationals doesn’t hurt.
Qualifying for Euro 2012 was a big deal for anyone that is Irish. The long overdue wait to participate at a finals lifted the nation’s spirit after several years of economic discourse. We ended up being grouped with 3 other world-class teams in Spain, Italy and Croatia – in all honestly it was probably the real “Group of Death”. After enduring three tough loses, the consensus amongst Irish fans was that the supporters had done us proud, they continually sang and shared appreciation for the team in the midst of almost immediate elimination. I can’t say that I disagree that the fans showed just why they are the best in the world – but because of this, the on-field displays have been pushed to the side and almost disregarded and that has struck a serious note with me.
Gotta love when a former professional player takes to reporting in the middle of the fans outside a stadium. Even more respect when there is a conflict between both teams involved that creates plenty of tension. Everything about Euro 2012 has been pretty positive thus far, but there was obviously something going on when Poland took on Russia last week, and Jimmy Conrad was there to see it in person on his Euro Trip 2012.
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