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    Default Final - Netherlands v/s Spain [Preview]



    The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Final promises to be quite an occasion, with the Netherlands pitting their wits against reigning European champions Spain. Both sides have produced some good football during their campaigns and have been rewarded with the chance to add their nation's names to the select list of former winners: Uruguay, Italy, Germany, Brazil, England, Argentina and France.

    The match
    Netherlands-Spain, Final, Soccer City, Sunday 11 July, 20.30 (local time)

    As a glance at the head-to-head record between the two nations shows, tipping a winner is no easy task. Both sides have won four of their nine meetings, with the other game ending in a draw. The Oranje have been here before, reaching the Finals at Germany 1974, with Johan Cruyff, and Argentina 1978, without him, and losing to the hosts on both occasions. For Spain, however, this is new territory, although their confidence at rising to the occasion will be high after ending a 44-year trophy drought at UEFA EURO 2008.
    The Netherlands' record at South Africa 2010 could hardly be more impressive: six wins in six games with 12 goals scored and five conceded. For their part Vicente del Bosque's men have strung together five wins in a row after kicking off with a surprise defeat. But while the Spaniards have found goals hard to come by, scoring just seven in total, they have been far more miserly in defence, letting in just two so far. The winners will also end an old hoodoo, with no European side having ever won the biggest prize in world football outside the old continent.

    Players to watch
    Wesley Sneijder v David Villa

    The leading goalscorers at South Africa 2010, alongside Diego Forlan, Miroslav Klose and Thomas Muller, this in-form pair are in the frame for both the adidas Golden Boot and the adidas Golden Ball. Their goals have been vital to their sides' respective runs to the Final. Can one of them end the tournament with a winner's medal and two coveted individual awards? All will soon be revealed.

    The stat
    8 -
    Sunday's game will be the eighth all-European Final. In 19 FIFA World Cup tournaments, Europe has been represented in 16 Finals, a record that includes an unbroken run of 14 going back to Switzerland 1954. Only two showpiece games have been all-South American, with the remaining nine pitching together sides from the competition's two dominant continents.


    What they said
    I don’t see David Villa as Spain’s most dangerous player. The ones you really have to watch are Xavi [Hernandez] and [Andres] Iniesta. They’re the players who set the tempo and make sure the ball gets to Villa. We have to stop them from playing and getting free. We need to mark them very tightly because if we give them the slightest space we’ll have problems,” Arjen Robben, Netherlands forward.

    “I don’t think they’ll sit back and defend. They’ve got some quick players who are in terrific form right now. They’ll do what we do and stick to their style. I know Robben. He’s quick powerful and strong, and his shooting from outside the area is a concern for me. What we need to do is cut him off, although there’s more to the Netherlands than just Robben. They are powerful in defence and midfield, and [Wesley] Sneijder and [Dirk] Kuyt are just as dangerous,” Iker Casillas, Spain goalkeeper and captain.

    Voice of the fans
    The key battle will be between the Dutch defence and the Spanish midfield. La Furia Roja’s strength lies in their impeccable passing game, one that frustrates opponents. If [Mark] van Bommel and [Nigel] de Jong can interrupt Spain’s flow, the Netherlands will have a good chance of lifting the Trophy for the first time in their history,” FIFA.com user litowadowice (Singapore).


    Have your say
    Will it be the Dutch or the Spanish who add their name to the prestigious list of FIFA World Cup winners?


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    The best bits from Spain and the Netherlands' pre-World Cup final press conferences.…

    Video: Pre-match press conference
    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/...nferences.html

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    Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk was giving very little away in his final press conference before the World Cup final.…

    Video: Dutch team coy on plans
    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/...coy-plans.html

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    Xavi says that whoever controls the midfield during the World Cup final is likely to win the match.…

    Video: Midfielder the key for Spain
    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/...key-spain.html
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    World Cup 2010 - Mandela shows up at final

    Nelson Mandela attended the opening the World Cup final between Spain and Netherlands thrilling fans and capping South Africa's pride in staging a successful tournament.



    The much loved former leader, 91, who is in frail health, briefly toured the pitch in a golf cart surrounded by bodyguards before the match.

    He was greeted ecstatically by the crowd in the huge flagship Soccer City stadium who chanted his clan name Madiba and blew vuvuzela trumpets.

    Mandela was unable to attend the opening ceremony on June 11 because of the death of his great grand-daughter in a car accident the night before.

    But his grandson Mandla said earlier he wanted to greet the fans after a tournament that has boosted national pride and defied predictions of chaos and disaster.

    Before Mandela's appearance, Colombian singer Shakira led a glitzy closing ceremony, singing the official World Cup song "Waka Waka" with local group Freshly Ground.

    Spotlights, fireworks and lasers lit up the night sky, and giant puppet elephants paraded around the pitch.

    The successful tournament is triumph for South Africa which has confounded years of foreign reports that it would be a failure, ruined by violent crime, chaos and unfinished stadiums.

    President Jacob Zuma thanked the nation, saying they were stars and champions for hosting a successful tournament and "opening up your country and your hearts to the world."

    Despite being the first host nation eliminated at the group stage, locals have remained enthusiastic spectators, helping this World Cup to be the third best attended ever, with 3 million seats sold, behind the United States in 1994 and Germany in 2006.

    Chief local organiser Danny Jordaan said the tournament had brought the races together and enabled South Africans to walk tall after being told for years they were inferior. "The nation has crossed a huge psychological barrier," he said.

    Sceptics had doubted Africa's economic powerhouse could organise the World Cup, including completing construction of stadiums on time.

    While some tourists have been robbed, the world's biggest sporting event has taken place largely peacefully, confounding fears of attacks on foreigners in a country with one of the world's highest rates of violent crime outside a war zone.

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    World Cup 2010 - Pitch invader tries to steal trophy

    A pitch invader tried to steal the World Cup trophy just minutes before the final kicked off at Soccer City, Johannesburg.



    The famous golden trophy was on display by the side of the pitch prior to the climactic match of the 2010 tournament when the fan ran onto the pitch and tried to grab it as part of an apparent anti-racism protest.
    Security stepped in to stop the trophy being grabbed with just seconds to spare, and the fan - sporting a red two-pronged hat and wearing a dark blue t-shirt bearing the words "Salta Salta Jimmy Jump Against racism" - was swiftly removed from the stadium.

    He was carried away by seven security men just as the Dutch and Spanish teams were about to walk on to the pitch for the national anthems and the start of the game.

    Jimmy Jump is the nickname of a man who has run on to the pitch during several major football matches including the Euro 2004 final betwee Greece and Potugal.


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    Incredible scenes of Spain fans celebrating their nation's victory in the World Cup.

    Vdeo: Spain's world cup fiesta
    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/...up-fiesta.html

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    Cities across the Netherlands fell silent after the national team lost to Spain in the World Cup final.…

    Video: Reaction: Spanish Joy , Dutch despair
    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/...h-despair.html

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    Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas celebrated his side's World Cup win by snogging girlfriend reporter Sara Carbonero live on TV.…

    Video: Casilla's special interview
    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/...interview.html

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    Andres Iniesta took his penchant for scoring dramatic goals to new heights when the midfielder smashed home the winner deep into extra time to give Spain their first World Cup triumph.…

    Video: Iniesta press conference
    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/video/...onference.html
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