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Spain has eyes set on going down as greatest team


By Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Spain has taken its place among soccer's great teams by becoming the first nation to successfully defend its European Championship after winning the World Cup. The task, now, is to be remembered as the greatest.

La Furia Roja now turns its attention to retaining its world title at the 2014 tournament in Brazil, hoping to become the first team to win consecutive World Cups since Brazil in 1958 and 1962.

The Spaniards improved with every game during a three-week tournament in which they were at times criticized for being boring for playing possession-based soccer and starting some matches with six midfielders instead of an accomplished forward.

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