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A Celebration Of Football In Kyiv

At the Euro 2012 final in Kyiv on July 1, Spain became the first team to win three consecutive international trophies with their resounding 4-0 defeat of Italy. The three-week tournament, co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine, went off without any major glitches, drawing praise from fans and UEFA President Michel Platini. Here are some memorable images from before, during, and after the final match.

A combo photo shows portraits of soccer fans in Kyiv
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A combo photo shows portraits of soccer fans in Kyiv

Spanish supporters cheer in the fan zone in Kyiv.
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Spanish supporters cheer in the fan zone in Kyiv.

Soccer fans wait in front of a billboard depicting a face painted in the Spanish national colors before the start of the final.
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Soccer fans wait in front of a billboard depicting a face painted in the Spanish national colors before the start of the final.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (right) and his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski, before the final
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (right) and his Polish counterpart, Bronislaw Komorowski, before the final

Russian football fans watch the final in Moscow's Gorky Park.
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Russian football fans watch the final in Moscow's Gorky Park.

Russian football fans watch the final in Moscow's Gorky Park.
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Russian football fans watch the final in Moscow's Gorky Park.

Russian football fans watch the final in Moscow's Gorky Park.
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Russian football fans watch the final in Moscow's Gorky Park.

Russian football fans watch the final in Moscow's Gorky Park.
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Russian football fans watch the final in Moscow's Gorky Park.

Celebrating in the fan zone in Kyiv before the final
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Celebrating in the fan zone in Kyiv before the final

Spanish midfielder David Silva heads the ball to score the first goal of the Euro 2012 final.
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Spanish midfielder David Silva heads the ball to score the first goal of the Euro 2012 final.

Spanish defender Jordi Alba celebrates after scoring the second goal in the final.
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Spanish defender Jordi Alba celebrates after scoring the second goal in the final.

Spanish forward Fernando Torres (right) celebrates the win with his teammates.
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Spanish forward Fernando Torres (right) celebrates the win with his teammates.

Spanish players celebrate after their victory.
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Spanish players celebrate after their victory.

Spanish players celebrate
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Spanish players celebrate

Spain's Fernando Torres lifts up the Euro 2012 trophy.
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Spain's Fernando Torres lifts up the Euro 2012 trophy.

Fireworks explode over Kyiv's Olympic Stadium after the final.
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Fireworks explode over Kyiv's Olympic Stadium after the final.

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