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Five moments of Spanish glory captured in paint

November 11, 2011

Pressed to name the five key goals in the history of the Spanish national team, most soccer fans would easily be able to pick the two most recent.

The deft chip on the run with which Fernando Torres beat Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann to seal Spain’s 1-0 victory in the final of Euro 2008 gave the success-starved Iberian nation their first major trophy in 44 years.

The best was yet to come of course, Andres Iniesta’s dramatic stoppage-time winner in Johannesburg last year securing a first World Cup triumph.

Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar commissioned an artist to capture those two landmark goals and three others and the five paintings were presented at a gala ceremony on Thursday at the RFEF’s training facility outside Madrid, with Torres, Iniesta and their team mates present.

Also immortalised on canvas in striking detail were Telmo Zarra’s effort against England at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, which put Spain through to the last four; Marcelino’s header which won the 1964 European Championship final against the Soviet Union and Kiko Narvaez’s winner against Poland to give Spain gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

The paintings, by Andres Sanchez, will go on display at the federation’s museum at Las Rozas outside the Spanish capital.

“In the football world past events are sometimes forgotten,” Villar, who is also a vice president of FIFA and UEFA, told the audience.

“That’s why I wanted to remember those five goals for their special significance to Spanish football.

“Five extremely important moments.”

Spain will attempt to retain their continental title in Ukraine and Poland next year.

With a squad containing the likes of Iniesta, David Villa, Torres and David Silva few would bet against Villar having to commission a sixth painting from Sanchez commemorating another glorious moment in Spanish soccer history.

PHOTO: Spain’s Andres Iniesta scores against Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg July 11, 2010. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci.

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