Spain are set to be crowned football champions of Europe for a second successive time. That’s not official of course but its the view of the fans in red who have been on the streets of Kiev.
A lot of the Italian supporters in the city weren’t even born when their team won its only title. Now they are convinced the trophy famine is about to end.
Its been a day of light hearted banter between the two sets of fans in the build up to the final. Spain are also the world cup holders. Perhaps its their success which has resulted in one fans fantasy.
“3-2 for Spain. Iniesta, Torres will score and if the third is needed I’ll score it myself. I’m going to score the goal.”
Partisan loyalties have been united by the love of the game as the Italians and Spaniards mixed freely in the fans zone helped with some light refreshment in the Kiev sunshine.
“The Spanish and ourselves are like brothers. In Kiev everything’s ok. We say hello to each other, exchange pictures, because after all football is important but it’s not the end of the world. If there’s a winner let it be the football because we really need football to be popular and without corruption,” said one Italian supporter.
Its reckoned that Spanish fans in the stadium will outnumber their Italian counterparts, 11,000 to 5,000 for the showpiece final.