Guardian’s animated histories might be the highlight of Euro 2012

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It’s not that Euro 2012 won’t be great, but as we were reminded two years ago in South Africa, sometimes the best things about international soccer happen around the game.

This year’s European Championships may be hard-pressed to top what the Guardian’s doing to profile Euro’s 16 participants. Rather than recycle the snapshots almost every outlet uses in the run up, England’s go to source has teamed James Richardson and Damn Fine Media to provide something much better.

Here’s their animated history of the Spain national team.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsJjGsnnb9U]

They’ve also get England and Ireland up on their YouTube channel, but if you’re patient, we’ll probably get around to posting them here.

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