Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted he still has difficulty taking in the scale of his achievements with the national team over the last four years.
The captain of the team that triumphed at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, the 31-year-old is bidding to become the first player to skipper a side to success at three consecutive international tournaments.
"Four years ago, we achieved something that nobody expected because we'd never done it before," he said.
"The World Cup also, because people were rooting for us and we managed to win. The evolution of the team is quite visible, and the continuity as well.
"History has been created already because we're in the final again and we wouldn't have thought that possible four years ago."
Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas takes part in a training session on June 30, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, on the eve of the team's Euro 2012 football championships final match. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU