Barcelona legend Victor Valdes was a member of the Spain squad that won the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine. He was part of the Spanish team that won the tournament for the second successive time.
Victor Valdes had missed out on the Euro 2008 title win in Austria and Switzerland as Spain celebrated winning a major tournament for the first time in 44 years. They had not won any major trophy at senior national team level since the 1964 European Championship. The wait was finally over when Fernando Torres scored the winning goal to give Spain a 1-0 win over Germany in the Euro 2008 final.
Barcelona legend Valdes was part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup winning squad for Spain who were able to continue their dominance on the international stage. The Spanish team dominated international football for a period of six years between 2008 and 2014.
Victor Valdes had to watch Iker Casillas in the Spain bench during the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa as well as during the Euro 2012 tournament. In addition to being the undisputed first choice goalkeeper, Real Madrid legend Casillas was also the team skipper.
Casillas started in goal during the Euro 2012 final clash with Italy, while Valdes was a spectator on the Spain bench as usual. The Ex-Manchester United and Standard Liege shot stopper watched on from the Spanish bench as the Italians were demolished with two goals apiece in each half.
Spain scored two goals in each half on the way to a 4-0 win over Italy. Fernando Torres and Juan Manuel Mata scored in the final ten minutes to add to the first half strikes from David Silva and Jordi Alba.
The goal from Torres in the final ensured that he finished as the jointtopscorer at Euro 2012 alongside Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Mario Gomez (Germany), Mario Mandzukic (Croatia), Alan Dzagoev (Russia) and Mario Balotelli (Italy).