Spain's 1-0 win over Germany in the Euro 2008 final in June gave the Spaniards their first European championship since 1964 (and second major trophy in their country's history).
Spain created more chances than Germany in the final and deserved to win, but
Spain's England-based guys added even more nuance to their team's attack. For most of the tournament, I thought Aragonés undervalued his Premier League players: primarily
Meanwhile, the U.S. women's gold-medal-winning 1-0 triumph over Brazil in the Olympic soccer final in Beijing became the most impressive on-field accomplishment in their history.
Think of what this U.S. team had to deal with: the loss of its best player,
Nothing will ever match the 1999 Women's World Cup in terms of breakthroughs into the public consciousness, but from an on-field perspective, this Olympic gold is the U.S. women's most impressive achievement -- a tribute to the remarkable toughness of this team.