Euro 2024

The View From Spain: La Roja stat-pack & Dani Olmo recommendation for Euro 2024 final

Dani Olmo high fives Spain manager
Dani Olmo has been a star of Spain's trophy push

Ahead of the EURO 2024 final, Jamie Kemp previews the showpiece from the Spanish perspective, leading no doubt about their trophy credentials...


Spain v England SuperBoost

England have made it to back-to-back European Championship finals and Betfair are offering up a SuperBoost to mark the occasion.

English football fans all know about Chelsea's Marc Cucurella, who has committed six fouls at Euro 2024 so far, and managing at least one offence in each of his five appearances at the tournament.

England (84) are the most fouled team in Germany, and boast Jude Bellingham (14) and Harry Kane (11) as two of the top four most fouled players in the competition.

He will also be most likely directly up against Arsenal's Bukayo Saka, who has won 10 fouls at the tournament so far, at 1.7 per 90, and, for whom he has previous with.

In both Arsenal v Chelsea meetings in the Premier League last season, Cucurella committed two fouls directly on Bukayo Saka in each game, and was involved in 10 fouls across the two matches (fouls won + fouls conceded).


Stylish Spain evoke memories of 2008 and 2012

We're all aware by this point that the best team doesn't always lift the trophy in knockout competitions, but even then, it'd feel pretty unjust if this Spain team aren't on the top step come Sunday night.

Quite frankly, their path to the EURO 2024 final could barely have been harder. Group B was the only group to feature as many as three teams in the top 10 of the FIFA World rankings leading into the tournament, and following that, La Roja have then had to go through hosts Germany and second-ranked France just to reach the final. Six games, six wins, and no penalty shootouts required.

Things have gone so smoothly for Spain that the only real conversation that surrounds the national team is, well, to lavish praise upon them.

Compare them to other sides - even those who went or have gone far into the tournament - and there are so few of the complaints and themes that we see elsewhere, in terms of team selection, balance, and the style of play. Almost everything has worked to a tee, and all that's left is to marvel at a team that have outlasted all but one side, and played better football than everyone else in the process.

It's difficult to say how much individual performances have fuelled the collective or vice versa, but Spain's squad has just been littered with great outcomes. Around the serial winners Rodri, Dani Carvajal and Nacho, we've seen breakout tournaments from Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams, Aymeric Laporte near his best after preparation doubts, Marc Cucurella silencing defensive critics, a level of class few expected (to this extent) from Fabian Ruiz, and Dani Olmo going from substitute to one of the tournament's most decisive players.

Uefa European Championship Finals - Top 5 Goalscorers

Player Team Goals Scored
Cody Gakpo Netherlands 3
Harry Kane England 3
Jamal Musiala Germany 3
Dani Olmo Spain 3
Ivan Schranz Slovakia 3
Georges Mikautadze Georgia 3
Jude Bellingham England 2
Florian Wirtz Germany 2
Niclas Füllkrug Germany 2
Kai Havertz Germany 2
Breel Embolo Switzerland 2
Fabián Ruiz Spain 2
Donyell Malen Netherlands 2
Razvan Marin Romania 2
Merih Demiral Türkiye 2
Álvaro Morata Spain 1
Lamine Yamal Spain 1
Mikel Merino Spain 1
Wout Weghorst Netherlands 1
Memphis Depay Netherlands 1
Stefan de Vrij Netherlands 1
Xavi Simons Netherlands 1
Bukayo Saka England 1
Ilkay Gündogan Germany 1
Remo Freuler Switzerland 1
Rubén Vargas Switzerland 1
Michel Aebischer Switzerland 1
Dan Ndoye Switzerland 1
Ferran Torres Spain 1
Nico Williams Spain 1
Rodri Spain 1
Kylian Mbappé France 1
Randal Kolo Muani France 1
Kerem Aktürkoglu Türkiye 1
Arda Güler Türkiye 1
Emre Can Germany 1
Dani Carvajal Spain 1
Nicolò Barella Italy 1
Alessandro Bastoni Italy 1
Zan Karnicnik Slovenia 1
Christian Eriksen Denmark 1
Nicolae Stanciu Romania 1
Denis Dragus Romania 1
Kevin De Bruyne Belgium 1
Ondrej Duda Slovakia 1
Christoph Baumgartner Austria 1
Michael Gregoritsch Austria 1
Marcel Sabitzer Austria 1
Romano Schmid Austria 1
Marko Arnautovic Austria 1
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia Georgia 1
Mert Müldür Türkiye 1
Hakan Çalhanoglu Türkiye 1
Samet Akaydin Türkiye 1
Francisco Conceição Portugal 1
Bruno Fernandes Portugal 1
Bernardo Silva Portugal 1
Scott McTominay Scotland 1
Barnabás Varga Hungary 1
Kwadwo Duah Switzerland 1
Luka Modric Croatia 1
Andrej Kramaric Croatia 1
Qazim Laçi Albania 1
Nedim Bajrami Albania 1
Mattia Zaccagni Italy 1
Morten Hjulmand Denmark 1
Erik Janza Slovenia 1
Luka Jovic Serbia 1
Roman Yaremchuk Ukraine 1
Mykola Shaparenko Ukraine 1
Youri Tielemans Belgium 1
Lukás Provod Czechia 1
Tomás Soucek Czechia 1
Xherdan Shaqiri Switzerland 1
Kevin Csoboth Hungary 1
Robert Lewandowski Poland 1
Adam Buksa Poland 1
Ollie Watkins England 1
Gernot Trauner Austria 1
Cenk Tosun Türkiye 1
Patrik Schick Czechia 1
Klaus Gjasula Albania 1
Krzysztof Piatek Poland 1
Mikel Oyarzabal Spain 0
Tijjani Reijnders Netherlands 0
Bart Verbruggen Netherlands 0
Jerdy Schouten Netherlands 0
Nathan Aké Netherlands 0
Joey Veerman Netherlands 0
Virgil van Dijk Netherlands 0
John Stones England 0
Kieran Trippier England 0
Phil Foden England 0
Declan Rice England 0
Jordan Pickford England 0
Kyle Walker England 0
Mike Maignan France 0
Théo Hernández France 0
William Saliba France 0
Antoine Griezmann France 0
N'Golo Kanté France 0
Jules Koundé France 0
Dayot Upamecano France 0
Leroy Sané Germany 0
Robert Andrich Germany 0
Manuel Neuer Germany 0
Antonio Rüdiger Germany 0
Joshua Kimmich Germany 0
Toni Kroos Germany 0
Granit Xhaka Switzerland 0
Fabian Rieder Switzerland 0
Ricardo Rodríguez Switzerland 0
Manuel Akanji Switzerland 0
Yann Sommer Switzerland 0
Fabian Schär Switzerland 0
Unai Simón Spain 0
Robin Le Normand Spain 0
Marc Cucurella Spain 0
Aymeric Laporte Spain 0
Denzel Dumfries Netherlands 0
Marc Guéhi England 0
Conor Gallagher England 0
Kobbie Mainoo England 0
Adrien Rabiot France 0
Aurélien Tchouaméni France 0
Ousmane Dembélé France 0
Ferdi Kadioglu Türkiye 0
Kenan Yildiz Türkiye 0
Baris Alper Yilmaz Türkiye 0
Kaan Ayhan Türkiye 0
Nélson Semedo Portugal 0
Diogo Costa Portugal 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 0
Jonathan Tah Germany 0
Maximilian Mittelstädt Germany 0
Silvan Widmer Switzerland 0
Zeki Amdouni Switzerland 0
Vincent Sierro Switzerland 0
Pedri Spain 0
Gianluigi Donnarumma Italy 0
Gianluca Scamacca Italy 0
Davide Frattesi Italy 0
Lorenzo Pellegrini Italy 0
Giovanni Di Lorenzo Italy 0
Federico Chiesa Italy 0
Mateo Retegui Italy 0
Micky van de Ven Netherlands 0
Andreas Christensen Denmark 0
Adam Gnezda Cerin Slovenia 0
Jan Oblak Slovenia 0
Jannik Vestergaard Denmark 0
Andraz Sporar Slovenia 0
Jan Mlakar Slovenia 0
Benjamin Sesko Slovenia 0
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg Denmark 0
Joachim Andersen Denmark 0
Joakim Mæhle Denmark 0
Timi Max Elsnik Slovenia 0
Vanja Drkusic Slovenia 0
Kasper Schmeichel Denmark 0
Yussuf Poulsen Denmark 0
Alexander Bah Denmark 0
Jaka Bijol Slovenia 0
Victor Kristiansen Denmark 0
Jon Gorenc Stankovic Slovenia 0
Rasmus Højlund Denmark 0
Petar Stojanovic Slovenia 0
Jonas Wind Denmark 0
Trent Alexander-Arnold England 0
Cole Palmer England 0
Andrei Ratiu Romania 0
Radu Dragusin Romania 0
Ianis Hagi Romania 0
Andrei Burca Romania 0
Marius Marin Romania 0
Dennis Man Romania 0
Florin Nita Romania 0
Dávid Hancko Slovakia 0
Lukás Haraslín Slovakia 0
Yannick Carrasco Belgium 0
Róbert Bozeník Slovakia 0
Milan Skriniar Slovakia 0
Tomás Suslov Slovakia 0
Wout Faes Belgium 0
Martin Dúbravka Slovakia 0
Peter Pekarík Slovakia 0
Jérémy Doku Belgium 0
Romelu Lukaku Belgium 0
Orel Mangala Belgium 0
Stanislav Lobotka Slovakia 0
Koen Casteels Belgium 0
Amadou Onana Belgium 0
Juraj Kucka Slovakia 0
David Strelec Slovakia 0
Timothy Castagne Belgium 0
Denis Vavro Slovakia 0
Florian Grillitsch Austria 0
Stefan Posch Austria 0
Konrad Laimer Austria 0
Nicolas Seiwald Austria 0
Alexander Prass Austria 0
Patrick Pentz Austria 0
Olivier Giroud France 0
Marcus Thuram France 0
Eduardo Camavinga France 0
Giorgi Tsitaishvili Georgia 0
Zuriko Davitashvili Georgia 0
Giorgi Mamardashvili Georgia 0
Luka Lochoshvili Georgia 0
Giorgi Kochorashvili Georgia 0
Guram Kashia Georgia 0
Abdülkerim Bardakci Türkiye 0
Mert Günok Türkiye 0
Orkun Kökçü Türkiye 0
Giorgi Chakvetadze Georgia 0
Salih Özcan Türkiye 0
Otar Kakabadze Georgia 0
Lasha Dvali Georgia 0
Rafael Leão Portugal 0
João Cancelo Portugal 0
Rúben Dias Portugal 0
Pepe Portugal 0
Rúben Neves Portugal 0
Vitinha Portugal 0
Nuno Mendes Portugal 0
João Palhinha Portugal 0
Scott McKenna Scotland 0
David Raum Germany 0
Grant Hanley Scotland 0
Angus Gunn Scotland 0
Lawrence Shankland Scotland 0
Ché Adams Scotland 0
Billy Gilmour Scotland 0
Kenny McLean Scotland 0
Jack Hendry Scotland 0
John McGinn Scotland 0
Ryan Christie Scotland 0
Anthony Ralston Scotland 0
Callum McGregor Scotland 0
Andy Robertson Scotland 0
Martin Ádám Hungary 0
Péter Gulácsi Hungary 0
Ádám Nagy Hungary 0
Márton Dárdai Hungary 0
Milos Kerkez Hungary 0
Bendegúz Bolla Hungary 0
Dominik Szoboszlai Hungary 0
Leonidas Stergiou Switzerland 0
Roland Sallai Hungary 0
Willi Orbán Hungary 0
András Schäfer Hungary 0
Josip Sutalo Croatia 0
Dominik Livakovic Croatia 0
Mario Pasalic Croatia 0
Ivan Perisic Croatia 0
Jesús Navas Spain 0
Marcelo Brozovic Croatia 0
Lovro Majer Croatia 0
Nacho Spain 0
Martín Zubimendi Spain 0
Ante Budimir Croatia 0
Josko Gvardiol Croatia 0
Luka Sucic Croatia 0
Mateo Kovacic Croatia 0
Federico Dimarco Italy 0
Bryan Cristante Italy 0
Arbër Hoxha Albania 0
Berat Djimsiti Albania 0
Arlind Ajeti Albania 0
Andrea Cambiaso Italy 0
Mario Mitaj Albania 0
Jorginho Italy 0
Rey Manaj Albania 0
Matteo Darmian Italy 0
Jasir Asani Albania 0
Ylber Ramadani Albania 0
Kristjan Asllani Albania 0
Riccardo Calafiori Italy 0
Thomas Strakosha Albania 0
Jan Bednarek Poland 0
Georginio Wijnaldum Netherlands 0
Jakub Moder Poland 0
Jakub Kiwior Poland 0
Jeremie Frimpong Netherlands 0
Przemyslaw Frankowski Poland 0
Piotr Zielinski Poland 0
Nicola Zalewski Poland 0
Kacper Urbanski Poland 0
Karol Swiderski Poland 0
Zan Celar Slovenia 0
Thomas Delaney Denmark 0
Andreas Skov Olsen Denmark 0
Benjamin Verbic Slovenia 0
Christian Nørgaard Denmark 0
Dusan Vlahovic Serbia 0
Eberechi Eze England 0
Predrag Rajkovic Serbia 0
Andrija Zivkovic Serbia 0
Milos Veljkovic Serbia 0
Dusan Tadic Serbia 0
Ivan Ilic Serbia 0
Strahinja Pavlovic Serbia 0
Ezri Konsa England 0
Aleksandar Mitrovic Serbia 0
Nikola Milenkovic Serbia 0
Sasa Lukic Serbia 0
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic Serbia 0
Filip Mladenovic Serbia 0
Artem Dovbyk Ukraine 0
Illia Zabarnyi Ukraine 0
Oleksandr Zinchenko Ukraine 0
Volodymyr Brazhko Ukraine 0
Ruslan Malinovskyi Ukraine 0
Andrii Yarmolenko Ukraine 0
Oleksandr Tymchyk Ukraine 0
Mykola Matviienko Ukraine 0
Valentin Mihaila Romania 0
Nicusor Bancu Romania 0
Heorhii Sudakov Ukraine 0
Dodi Lukébakio Belgium 0
Loïs Openda Belgium 0
Jan Vertonghen Belgium 0
Arthur Theate Belgium 0
Leandro Trossard Belgium 0
Kevin Danso Austria 0
Philipp Lienhart Austria 0
Phillipp Mwene Austria 0
Max Wöber Austria 0
Bradley Barcola France 0
Patrick Wimmer Austria 0
Youssouf Fofana France 0
Zeki Çelik Türkiye 0
Giorgi Gvelesiani Georgia 0
Anzor Mekvabishvili Georgia 0
Ismail Yüksek Türkiye 0
Solomon Kverkvelia Georgia 0
Okay Yokuslu Türkiye 0
Ladislav Krejcí Czechia 0
Jindrich Stanek Czechia 0
Vladimír Coufal Czechia 0
Pedro Neto Portugal 0
Ondrej Lingr Czechia 0
Robin Hranác Czechia 0
Tomás Holes Czechia 0
Antonín Barák Czechia 0
Diogo Jota Portugal 0
Mojmír Chytil Czechia 0
Waldemar Anton Germany 0
Thomas Müller Germany 0
Kieran Tierney Scotland 0
Nico Schlotterbeck Germany 0
László Kleinheisler Hungary 0
Attila Szalai Hungary 0
Attila Fiola Hungary 0
Zsolt Nagy Hungary 0
Álex Grimaldo Spain 0
Josip Stanisic Croatia 0
Álex Baena Spain 0
Marin Pongracic Croatia 0
Dani Vivian Spain 0
Bruno Petkovic Croatia 0
Josip Juranovic Croatia 0
Joselu Spain 0
Ernest Muçi Albania 0
Nicolò Fagioli Italy 0
Elseid Hysaj Albania 0
Armando Broja Albania 0
Taulant Seferi Albania 0
Giacomo Raspadori Italy 0
Bartosz Slisz Poland 0
Pawel Dawidowicz Poland 0
Lutsharel Geertruida Netherlands 0
Sebastian Szymanski Poland 0
Joshua Zirkzee Netherlands 0
Steven Bergwijn Netherlands 0
Wojciech Szczesny Poland 0
Jakub Piotrowski Poland 0
David Brekalo Slovenia 0
Jure Balkovec Slovenia 0
Josip Ilicic Slovenia 0
Kasper Dolberg Denmark 0
Nemanja Gudelj Serbia 0
Luke Shaw England 0
Ivan Toney England 0
Veljko Birmancevic Serbia 0
Lazar Samardzic Serbia 0
Jarrod Bowen England 0
Bogdan Racovitan Romania 0
Anatolii Trubin Ukraine 0
Denis Alibec Romania 0
Taras Stepanenko Ukraine 0
Darius Olaru Romania 0
Adrian Rus Romania 0
Deian Sorescu Romania 0
Mykhailo Mudryk Ukraine 0
George Puscas Romania 0
Florinel Coman Romania 0
Norbert Gyömbér Slovakia 0
Adam Obert Slovakia 0
Matús Bero Slovakia 0
Zeno Debast Belgium 0
László Bénes Slovakia 0
Dávid Duris Slovakia 0
Johan Bakayoko Belgium 0
Budu Zivzivadze Georgia 0
Yusuf Yazici Türkiye 0
Otar Kiteishvili Georgia 0
Sandro Altunashvili Georgia 0
Jan Kuchta Czechia 0
David Jurásek Czechia 0
António Silva Portugal 0
Diogo Dalot Portugal 0
Matheus Nunes Portugal 0
João Félix Portugal 0
Petr Sevcík Czechia 0
João Neves Portugal 0
Tomás Chory Czechia 0
Gonçalo Inácio Portugal 0
Adam Hlozek Czechia 0
Matej Jurásek Czechia 0
Steven Zuber Switzerland 0
Chris Führich Germany 0
Benjamin Henrichs Germany 0
Pascal Groß Germany 0
Deniz Undav Germany 0
Ryan Porteous Scotland 0
Lewis Morgan Scotland 0
Stuart Armstrong Scotland 0
Maximilian Beier Germany 0
Dániel Gazdag Hungary 0
Endre Botka Hungary 0
Callum Styles Hungary 0
Ádám Lang Hungary 0
Renato Steffen Switzerland 0
David Raya Spain 0
Martin Baturina Croatia 0
Luka Ivanusec Croatia 0
Fermín López Spain 0
Ayoze Pérez Spain 0
Borna Sosa Croatia 0
Mirlind Daku Albania 0
Gianluca Mancini Italy 0
Michael Folorunsho Italy 0
Stephan El Shaarawy Italy 0
Iván Balliu Albania 0
Medon Berisha Albania 0
Taras Romanczuk Poland 0
Kamil Grosicki Poland 0
Daley Blind Netherlands 0
Bartosz Salamon Poland 0
Lukasz Skorupski Poland 0
Bartosz Bereszynski Poland 0
Michal Skóras Poland 0
Zan Vipotnik Slovenia 0
Jacob Bruun Larsen Denmark 0
Mikkel Damsgaard Denmark 0
Jasmin Kurtic Slovenia 0
Srdjan Mijailovic Serbia 0
Mijat Gacinovic Serbia 0
Filip Kostic Serbia 0
Anthony Gordon England 0
Vladyslav Vanat Ukraine 0
Andrii Lunin Ukraine 0
Viktor Tsyhankov Ukraine 0
Maksym Talovierov Ukraine 0
Vasile Mogos Romania 0
Alexandru Cicâldau Romania 0
Serhii Sydorchuk Ukraine 0
Vitalii Mykolenko Ukraine 0
Yukhym Konoplia Ukraine 0
Oleksandr Zubkov Ukraine 0
Oleksandr Svatok Ukraine 0
Leo Sauer Slovakia 0
Lubomír Tupta Slovakia 0
Charles De Ketelaere Belgium 0
Kingsley Coman France 0
Andreas Weimann Austria 0
Leopold Querfeld Austria 0
Nika Kvekveskiri Georgia 0
Yunus Akgün Türkiye 0
Altay Bayindir Türkiye 0
Semih Kiliçsoy Türkiye 0
Saba Lobjanidze Georgia 0
Giorgi Kvilitaia Georgia 0
Pavel Sulc Czechia 0
Danilo Pereira Portugal 0
Gonçalo Ramos Portugal 0
David Doudera Czechia 0
Václav Cerny Czechia 0
Matej Kovár Czechia 0
Brian Brobbey Netherlands 0
Denis Zakaria Switzerland 0
Irfan Can Kahveci Türkiye 0
Robin Koch Germany 0
James Forrest Scotland 0
Zander Clark Scotland 0
Marc-André ter Stegen Germany 0
Tommy Conway Scotland 0
Liam Kelly Scotland 0
Liam Cooper Scotland 0
Ross McCrorie Scotland 0
Ryan Jack Scotland 0
Greg Taylor Scotland 0
Oliver Baumann Germany 0
Loïc Négo Hungary 0
Krisztofer Horváth Hungary 0
Botond Balogh Hungary 0
Yvon Mvogo Switzerland 0
Péter Szappanos Hungary 0
Mihály Kata Hungary 0
Dénes Dibusz Hungary 0
Nico Elvedi Switzerland 0
Ardon Jashari Switzerland 0
Gregor Kobel Switzerland 0
Cédric Zesiger Switzerland 0
Noah Okafor Switzerland 0
Marko Pjaca Croatia 0
Ivica Ivusic Croatia 0
Marco Pasalic Croatia 0
Nediljko Labrovic Croatia 0
Martin Erlic Croatia 0
Nikola Vlasic Croatia 0
Domagoj Vida Croatia 0
Álex Remiro Spain 0
Elhan Kastrati Albania 0
Alessandro Buongiorno Italy 0
Etrit Berisha Albania 0
Enea Mihaj Albania 0
Ardian Ismajli Albania 0
Naser Aliji Albania 0
Amir Abrashi Albania 0
Alex Meret Italy 0
Raoul Bellanova Italy 0
Marash Kumbulla Albania 0
Federico Gatti Italy 0
Guglielmo Vicario Italy 0
Matthijs de Ligt Netherlands 0
Tymoteusz Puchacz Poland 0
Ryan Gravenberch Netherlands 0
Marcin Bulka Poland 0
Mark Flekken Netherlands 0
Justin Bijlow Netherlands 0
Ian Maatsen Netherlands 0
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Damian Szymanski Poland 0
Sandi Lovric Slovenia 0
Anders Dreyer Denmark 0
Zanka Denmark 0
Igor Vekic Slovenia 0
Tomi Horvat Slovenia 0
Frederik Rønnow Denmark 0
Vid Belec Slovenia 0
Adrian Zeljkovic Slovenia 0
Miha Blazic Slovenia 0
Rasmus Kristensen Denmark 0
Mathias Jensen Denmark 0
Nino Zugelj Slovenia 0
Simon Kjær Denmark 0
Mads Hermansen Denmark 0
Srdjan Babic Serbia 0
Joe Gomez England 0
Petar Ratkov Serbia 0
Vanja Milinkovic-Savic Serbia 0
Dean Henderson England 0
Aaron Ramsdale England 0
Adam Wharton England 0
Uros Spajic Serbia 0
Djordje Petrovic Serbia 0
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Nemanja Stojic Serbia 0
Lewis Dunk England 0
Horatiu Moldovan Romania 0
Heorhii Bushchan Ukraine 0
Ionut Nedelcearu Romania 0
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Daniel Bîrligea Romania 0
Valerii Bondar Ukraine 0
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Stefan Târnovanu Romania 0
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Marek Rodák Slovakia 0
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Arthur Vermeeren Belgium 0
Thomas Kaminski Belgium 0
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Indeed, it's symbolic of Spain's collective strength that a player who started the tournament on the bench is now in a strong position to win the Golden Boot award. With three goals to his name for Dani Olmo, including two in two games since replacing the injured Pedri in the quarter-final, few players at EURO 2024 have done more with their minutes than the 26-year-old.

The early indications are that Spain will be either slightly under or over [EVS] for the final, and as a punter I'd be delighted to see them not favoured more heavily. Stranger things have happened in football, but there's not much that would dissuade me from going with La Roja to win in normal time here.

Ones to Watch

Spain have had big contributions throughout their squad at EURO 2024, including nine different players getting themselves on the scoresheet so far. Let's take a look at some of the likely protagonists in the final...

The Shooter

Spain's top scorer Dani Olmo will no doubt have the Golden Boot award in the back of his mind on Sunday night, and you wouldn't bet against him getting on the scoresheet again on current form.

He's netted three goals from six shots on target at EURO 2024, while his average of four shots per 90 is the most of any Spain player in the tournament.

The Creator

It was his goal that stole the headlines against France, but it's worth remembering Yamal's first contribution in that game was a beautiful cross for Fabian Ruiz to open the scoring (although he skewed his header).

The teenager's 16 chances created are a joint-high at EURO 2024 (with Christian Eriksen), while his 13 from open play are the most of any midfielder or forward in the tournament.

The Passer

To the surprise of precisely nobody, Rodri leads the way for completed passes (378) by Spain players at EURO 2024.

Indeed, his pass completion rate of 94% is the highest by a Spain midfielder in a single edition of the European Championship since Xavi in their 2008 triumph (95% - min. 300 pass attempts).

The Fouler

Alvaro Morata hasn't had the tournament he would have liked in terms of a goal return, but his selfless work from the no. 9 role is clear to see in the number of fouls he's racked up putting himself around.

The Atletico Madrid striker has conceded 12 fouls in 386 minutes in the tournament (2.8 per 90), leading the way for Spain on that front.

Dani Olmo swaps the shadows for the spotlight

Spain sealed their qualification for the knockout stages at EURO 2024 without much help from Dani Olmo. He played just 31 minute across their first two group stage games, including sitting out in their victory over Italy, as they assured qualification ahead of facing Albania on MD3.

After making the most of his chance to start in that game against Albania, however, Olmo has been a pivotal part in Spain's run to the final, with his prominence seemingly growing by the match. Even had Pedri not picked up an injury versus Germany, it was clear the Leipzig man was going to play an important part if Spain made it this far.

Olmo has been directly involved in five goals at EURO 2024 (3G 2A), averaging a goal or assist every 68 minutes on average. For some context, the last player to be directly involved in 5+ goals in a single edition of the European Championship (excluding penalties) with a better minutes per goal/assist ratio was Wesley Sneijder at EURO 2008 (60).

Dani Olmo

5 appearances for Spain this season

Goals

3

Assists

2

Shots

15

Shots per 90

4

Shots on Target

6

Shots on Target per 90

1.6

Chances Created

9

Chances Created per 90

2.4

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There's an indetectable feel to Olmo's work in the final third; one that makes him difficult to get to grips with for the opponent, and one which becomes all so important in tournament football where space is often at a premium. By the time he's ghosted into those positions in the penalty area, armed with his one or two touches under pressure, it's often too late for his markers to recover. Indeed, his strike against France after shimmying past Aurelien Tchouameni was trademark Olmo.

Nobody has ever scored in the quarter-final, semi-final and final, at a single edition of the European Championship. Olmo has ticked off two of the three, and I'd give plenty of consideration to him completing the hat-trick on Sunday night (as well as being a candidate to score or assist anytime given his double threat).


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