Spain Crowned 2010 FIFA World Cup Champions
The 2010 FIFA World Cup Final concludes with Spain as champions. Well done Espana! The writing was on the wall, and barring a hiccup against Switzerland, the 2008 European Champions delivered a flawless qualifying campaign and a clinical 2010 World Cup Final.
The final itself proved a fairly scrappy affair, with bookings almost outnumbering highlights and missed chances going begging on both ends. The magnitude of the occasion weighing heavily on all 22 players taking the field in a match that would see the winner claim a maiden World Cup victory and the rank as the first European team to win outside the continent, and the first ever to claim the bragging rights to Africa, not to mention rise to the number 1 ranked team in world football.
Spain’s ball retention, precision and Andres Iniesta’s deciding strike four minutes from the end of extra time earned them a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands and the right to lift the World Cup Trophy for the first time. Special mention to Iker Casillas, saving against the threatening Robben on 2 occasions, captain’s performance and man of the match.
Lets not to forget Paul the Octopus’s flawless record for the World Cup, I hope this is the last we’ll be hearing of the creature with 8 arm-like appendages and only 1 giant armpit… you’re a legend Paul, but my god, I am tired of trying to spin your predictions into posts.
South Africa, you’ve exceeded everyone’s expectations, gracious, accommodating hosts, full of gees and hospitality. I must admit I had my doubts, and besides the bolognaise at Durban’s King Shaka Airport no major incidents or mishaps were reported. So proud SA, we can now all breath a long contented exhale, put our empty wallets down, and take a well-earned rest from playing host to the world.