Euro 2012 Final: Houstonians Love Fútbol

According to UEFA predictions, approximately 250 million soccer fans tuned in to watch the Euro 2012 final match on Sunday evening. Compare that to the 111 million that watched this year's Super Bowl, and you get an idea as to the impact and significance of this event. The game pitted reigning champs Spain against the Azzurri of Italy. The Euro championship is held on even-numbered years between World Cup tournaments, and the winner qualifies to play in the FIFA Confederations Cup, which will be held next year in Brazil. Spain was already qualified after winning the 2010 World Cup, so Italy was given the pass to Brazil.

Spain was the heavy favorite entering the game, attempting to become the first team to win three straight major soccer tournaments. They were the top team in the FIFA world rankings, and came in with a roster full of superstars as Euro and World Cup champions. They beat France and Portugal in the knockout stages to reach the final. Italy was also in Group C with Spain, and won against England and Germany on their way to the final.

We headed over to the The Richmond Arms Pub (5920 Richmond Ave.), traditionally a great place to watch fútbol in Houston, to see the final and soak up the energy only soccer fans are able to transmit. We spoke to several fans and asked them to give predictions for the game and other soccer-related questions: