2012 Olympics

Mata: Gold will cement Spain's status

July 22, 2012
By ESPN staff
Juan Mata is determined to help fire Spain to Olympic glory and believes winning gold at the London Games will cement La Roja's place at the summit of world football.

Mata, 23, scored in the final of Euro 2012 as Spain won their third successive major international tournament, though the Chelsea winger's substitute appearance in the final was the only time he featured in Poland and Ukraine.

At the Olympic football tournament, however, Mata is expected to play ...

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