With an emphatic 4-0 blowout of Italy on Sunday night, Spain claimed the Euro 2012 title, sealing its second consecutive European championship and securing a permanent place in the pantheon of soccer's greatest teams.
Spain scored twice in each half, in a match that was decided long before the Spanish fans serenaded their jubilant players and red and yellow fireworks were sent up into the night sky above Kiev's Olympic Stadium.
"We showed tonight that we are a team that only wants to win and keep winning," said Iker Casillas, the Spanish goalkeeper, afterward.
No team has ever won like this. Since the World Cup was first staged in 1930, no team had ever won three major international tournaments in a row.
In becoming the first nation to do so, "La Roja" as the Spaniards are known, has made a compelling case to be considered as the greatest team in the history of international soccer, and possibly even in all of sports.
"This success of Spanish football is something historical," Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said. "We are talking about a great generation of players."
西班牙国家队主帅博斯克(Vicente Del Bosque)说，西班牙足球这次夺冠是有历史意义的，我们谈论的是一代伟大的球员。
This win marks the culmination of a four-year period in which Spain has dominated the world's most popular sport, amassing a record of 37-2-2 (.902) in its most meaningful matches since 2008. During that sequence, La Roja has scored 94 goals and given up just 19. In its past 10 elimination games across three tournaments, Spain hasn't surrendered a single goal.
No national team-not Brazil in 1970, not the German or Dutch teams of the 1970s or the French team of the late 1990s-can match those numbers.