31 days 63 games and the 8th nation to step up to the throne for World Domination is Spain.After 120 minutes,12 yellow cards,1 red card and 1 Goal Spain emphasised that the game can be played beautifully,technically and efficiently and at the same time successfully.Ironically Spain are the lowest scoring team to win a World cup yet one cannot ignore or dismiss the control,dominance and persistence in playing the beautiful game.Being often labelled “the greatest team never to have won the World Cup”has now evaporated.Unfortunately for Holland they still have to live up to reaching three World Cup finals and finish Runners up on all three times.1974,1978 and 2010 will be in the dutch shattered hearts for a very Long time until their next chance to compete for the Worlds most prestigious Trophy in which the team will be refurbished.The Dutch were bidding to be the only nation since Brazil in 1970 to to go through World Cup qualifying and the finals unbeaten.Barcelona have dominated the domestic charts in terms of style,elegance and total football and Spain emulated that not only in Europe but in the World.For many years Barcelona were based on Dutch philosophy adopting Johan Cruyffs class entertaining the World and passing over his legacy to the youth-approaching the big stage with no fear with an attitude if you are good enough age is not an issue.Today players such as Iniesta,Xavi,Puyol,Fabregas and Villa all appear as giants regardless of their age highlighting simplicity in the beautiful game is an art form and football is to be played with Passion,touch and finess stroking the football the way the Brazilians used to in the 70s.
Former South Africa president Nelson Mandela was present to observe arguably the sporting world’s most gargantuan event, the kick-off signalled by the whistle of English referee Howard Webb, who would play an active role in the first period.The Netherlands could not get a grip on the game but were helped by a spate of yellow cards from referee Webb that disturbed the rhythm of the match.Webb booked five players in the opening 28 minutes, although several crude challenges left him with little option.
Dutch enforcer Mark van Bommel was booked after going through the back of Iniesta, while Nigel de Jong was lucky to escape red after planting his foot in the chest of Xabi Alonso.Much was said bout the referees performance and I’m sure alot of criticism will be directed at him but i felt he handled the final in the only way he could in the earlier stages.Sure he made a few mistakes keeping Van Bommel on the pitch and not red carding De Jong but as players they should have more responsibility being on the World Stage.Football often evens itself out and it did as i felt Puyol could of been sent off for a “rugby like” desperate lunge on Robben as he was clear through on Goal and actually stayed on his feet to attempt to score and round the keeper.Pundits could argue that if Robben goes down and gets the decision Spain lose their inspirational defender and the game is turned forcing Spain to sacrifice an attacking option for a defender.As the tension rose, Sneijder made a crucial intervention when he slid to snatch the ball away from Iniesta.With four minutes remaining, Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas entered the fray in place of Alonso. The alteration, however, failed to prevent the fixture reaching extra-time, with Robben and Ramos both left to reflect on what might have been following their respective clear-cut opportunities.Fabregas presence and energy influenced the final as he showed signs of class causing all sorts of problems for the Dutch defence.There has been alot of speculation where his future lies and his performance would certainly prove his value in such a big game.Andres Iniesta’s strike with four minutes left of extra-time fired Spain to World Cup glory for the first time in their history as they vanquished Holland in a fractious final at Johannesburg’s Soccer City stadium.Iniesta drilled his right-foot strike across goal – but the Dutch were incensed after referee Howard Webb had failed to award their side a corner moments earlier when a free-kick took a sizeable deflection off Cesc Fabregas.
However, Euro 2008 champions Spain, who conceded only two goals during the tournament, deserved their victory after gradually taking a grip on a tense and bad-tempered contest that produced 14 yellow cards with Johnny Heitinga sent off on 109 minutes after picking up a second yellow card.Fabregas slipped a pass to his right, and waiting was Iniesta. The Barcelona tactician took one touch before planting the ball past Stekelenburg with venom sparking delirium from the Spanish players as they completed their mission for world domination.Ilker Casillas could not contain himself as tears of joy and delight sparked of a wonderful campaign for the Captain as he witnessed a chapter of World domination come to a close.Having previously lifted the European Championship it was his time to lift the World cup 2010 As Spain became Legends and will be remembered for generations to come as the CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD.
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