FOOTBALL: UEFA Euro 2012 Final – Spain v Italy – Live on BBC One & ITV1

After 30 matches over three compelling weeks, just Spain and Italy remain in Euro 2012 and they will now play for the right to be crowned European champions.

You will be able to watch every moment of what promises to be an historic night of international football at Kiev’s impressive Olympic Stadium this Sunday (July 1), with live coverage of the UEFA Euro 2012 Final on BBC One and ITV1.

Defending champions Spain began the competition as favourites after maintaining the impressive form that saw them win the 2010 World Cup, and are looking to become the first nation to win the Henri Delaunay trophy twice in succession.

While they may not have been at their best in this tournament, they reached this stage after conceding just one goal in their previous five matches, ironically in their opening contest against Italy.

Spain had to rely on penalties to overcome Portugal in their semi-final match, whereas Italy produced an excellent performance to defeat Germany 2-1, who went into that clash as favourites after winning all of their Group B games and beating Greece 4-2 in the quarter-finals.

Though they had to rely on penalties to get past England in the quarter-finals, Italy dominated the contest in open play.

The Azzurri will hope the enigmatic Mario Balotelli can emulate his breathtaking goal-scoring exploits against the Germans, and prove to be the catalyst for success.

These two sides previously faced each other in their opening match of the group stage, when a pulsating contest in Gdasnk finished in a 1-1 draw, after a Cesc Fabregas strike cancelled out a deserved goal from Antonio Di Natale.

Aside from the draw between these nations in the group phase, history points to this match being a close encounter, with only one final having been settled by more than a two-goal margin, and the last four all being decided by a single goal.

Four years ago, it was Fernando Torres was the hero after his goal in the final against Germany earned the Spanish their first major title for 44 years.

Who will be making the headlines in Kiev and be crowned champions of Europe in 2012?

As well as the two sides on the pitch, the BBC and ITV will go head-to-head on the night.

UPDATE: BBC One’s coverage of Spain’s victory in the Euro 2012 final scored a peak of 13.4 million.

In comparison, ITV1 drew a maximum of 2.3m viewers, a sixth of the BBC’s audience.

BBC and ITV attracted respectively an average of 12.3m and 2.3m for Spain’s 4-0 defeat of Italy in Kiev.

The BBC’s audience share of 86% was also greater than the World Cup finals in 2006 and 2010, and the Euro 2004 final (Euro 2008 was exclusively on the BBC).

Here is SOTB’s guide to the Euro 2012 Final on BBC One and ITV1:

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BBC v ITV – Which channel will you be watching?

The BBC and ITV have been battling it out to provide the most engaging and entertaining coverage for viewers throughout the tournament.

SOTB would like to know your thoughts on each channel’s output.

Have your say in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

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TV Schedule
MOTD Euro 2012 Final LIVE – 7pm-10.15pm – BBC One / BBC One HD

BBC One will have live and uninterrupted coverage of the Euro 2012 Final.

Gary Lineker hosts all the action from inside the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, with build-up beginning at 7pm.

Expert analysis in the studio will be provided by Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Gianluca Vialli, who was a very popular addition to the BBC team when he joined them for the Germany/Italy semi-final.

Further insight and comments will come from pitchside with Jake Humphrey and Martin Keown.

Commentary on the Euro 2012 Final comes from Guy Mowbray, who calls his second major tournament final for the BBC, and Mark Lawrenson.

Viewers with HD-ready TVs will be able to watch the BBC’s coverage in stunning high-definition on BBC One HD (Freesat channel 108, Sky 143 & Virgin 108).

Extra interactive options are available by pressing the Red Button during the live action, including alternate commentary from the BBC Radio 5 Live team of Alan Green, Mike Ingham and Graham Taylor.

Live streaming of the BBC’s coverage will be available via the BBC Sport website on all PCs, laptops, mobiles and tablet devices, where users can also listen to 5 Live audio commentary and read live text commentaries from BBC reporters at the ground.

If you miss any of the action you can catch-up by watching the BBC’s entire coverage of the match on the BBC iPlayer for up to seven days after broadcast.

Euro 2012 on the BBC – Top 5 rated matches (peak figures)
Excluding Final
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1 – England v Italy – 23.2m – Quarter Final 4 (24/6)
2 – Sweden v England – 16.3m – Group D (15/6)
3 – Portugal v Spain – 12.9m – Semi Final (27/6)
4 – Germany v Italy – 11.5m – Semi Final (26/6)
5 – Portugal v Czech Republic – 10.1m – Quarter Final 1 (21/6)

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TV Schedule
Euro 2012 Final LIVE – 7pm-10.15pm – ITV1 / ITV1 HD

Adrian Chiles introduces live coverage of the final on ITV1 and ITV1 HD.

Joining him in the ITV studio based in Warsaw overlooking the National Stadium will be Roy Keane, Roberto Martinez and Gareth Southgate.

Commentary on the Euro 2012 Final for ITV comes from Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend, while Gabriel Clarke will provide reports and team news from inside the Olympic Stadium.

Viewers with HD-ready TVs will be able to watch ITV’s coverage in stunning high-definition on ITV1 HD (Freesat channel 119, Sky 178 & Virgin 113).

If you are away from a TV set, live streaming of ITV’s Euro 2012 Final coverage will be available via ITV’s dedicated Euro 2012 website (itv.com/euro2012), which will also have live reports and text commentary of the match as it happens, with instant video clips of all the goals and major incidents.

If you miss any of the action, the whole match will be available to watch on ITV Player for up to 30 days.

ITV’s coverage is also live on STV in Scotland and UTV in Northern Ireland.

Euro 2012 on ITV – Top 5 rated matches (peak figures)
Excluding Final
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1 – England v Ukraine – 18.5m – Group D (19/6)
2 – France v England – 15.2mGroup D (11/6)
3 – Spain v France – 10.2m – Quarter Final 3 (23/6)
4 – Germany v Greece – 9.4m – Quarter Final 2 (22/6)
5 – Spain v Italy – 9.1m – Group C (10/6)
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All ratings data courtesy of BARB
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4 Responses to FOOTBALL: UEFA Euro 2012 Final – Spain v Italy – Live on BBC One & ITV1

  1. Martin says:

    Will be watching the MOTD gang. Always loved the way the BBC do live football. Shame they don’t have more of it during the regular season.

  2. Brad says:

    I’m breaking with tradition this time and will try ITV for the final.

    Whilst I do not particular like Adrian Chiles, I think that ITV’s football coverae has greatly improved in recent years, plus the nauseating ‘banter’ between the same old boring faces on BBC1 is just wearing thin on me.

    Its a shame because the Auntie Beeb used to be the undesputed home of live sport, but ITV, Sky and the rest have all caught up and even overtaken them.

    Brad

  3. Andy says:

    Has to be BBC for me. No adverts. No Adrian Chiles. No Andy Townsend.

  4. Mike says:

    Ill flick between both channels. Don’t think people should just choose one over the other. Its good to sample different points of view and perspectives.

    It will be down to a toss of a coin to decide who I watch in each half. When ITV on ads I’ll probably switch to BBC though.

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