European soccer is well known for many traditions, and one of the best-loved ones is the creative use of placards and other things to create tifos. The Euro 2012 final pre-game ceremony took that to the next level, trading tifos for dancers on the field. And it was trippy.
In case you forgot what a soccer player looked like, they formed one.
And they formed a heart, because soccer =
Then they formed a player scoring a goal, which is really mind-blowing to see.
And, finally, they showed everyone in attendance and the millions and millions watching worldwide what is at stake today: a trophy made of actual human beings.
This demonstration probably looked a little strange in person -- I can't imagine totally understanding what was going on during this stretch without seeing the overhead view -- but the effect on TV was just fantastic.