Soccer-Platini praises Israel as Spain take spoils once again (Reuters)

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, June 19 (Reuters) – Israel came in for warm praise from European soccer’s supremo Michel Platini as the Euro Under-21 soccer championships ended with Spain thrashing Italy 4-2 to retain the title. “The stadiums were wonderful and well organised, the pitches excellent and the atmosphere in the stadiums was great with many families with young children attending. That is exactly the type of tournament that I like to see,” Platini told a news conference. …

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