Spain wins first World Cup on Iniesta’s goal late in extra time

July 11, 2010

“Spain rules the soccer world, winning the World Cup at long, long last. It came after an exhausting 1-0 victory in extra time over the Netherlands on Sunday. Two years after winning the European title, the stylish Spaniards did even better.” (ESPN)

Did Spain Deserve to Win?
“The best part of this match was that it ended before penalty kicks, where the Dutch could have squeezed out a win and enjoyed the fruits of their goonish performance. Simon Kuper wrote a great column in last week’s Financial Times, where he bemoaned how Holland had turned away from idealism in its football and in its politics.” (TNR)

World Cup 2010 final: Andrés Iniesta finds key for Spain to beat Holland
“To Spain the glory of a World Cup triumph in which they prevailed over a deplorable Holland side that was reduced to 10 men when the English referee Howard Webb eventually dismissed the Dutch defender John Heitinga with a second caution in the 109th minute. Cesc Fábregas, on as substitute, fed Andrés Iniesta to score the winner seven minutes later.” (Guardian)

Netherlands 0-1 Spain (aet)
“Andres Iniesta struck a dramatic winner late in extra time to give Spain World Cup glory for the first time but condemned the Netherlands to their third defeat in a final. Iniesta drilled his left-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.” (BBC)

Netherlands 0-1 Spain – Video Highlights, Recap, Match Stats – World Cup – 11 July 2010
“The 2010 FIFA World Cup final featured two sides who had never won the title as the Netherlands faced Spain. The Dutch have played in two previous finals while it was the first for the Spaniards.” (The 90th Minute)

In Celebration of Soccer Artistry, a Mix of Styles

July 11, 2010

Guguletu Strike, Ed Gray
“For most South Africans, soccer looks like the images in Clint Strydom’s high-contrast black and white photographs. Barefoot pre-teen boys sporting broad smiles kicking a ragged ball through sand and dirt in KwaZulu Natal. ” (NYT)

Holland v Spain: tactical preview

July 11, 2010

“So here we are, the biggest game in football. A clash of the two most successful sides in World Cup history to have never won the trophy itself, it is tactically fascinating in a historical sense. Taking into account both the qualifiers and the six World Cup games itself, Holland are P14 W14, Spain are P16 W15 L1.” (Zonal Marking)

Front Page: All Of Spain Behind La Roja?

July 11, 2010

“Two of the leading newspapers in the Catalan region of Spain splash huge crowds with flags flying across their front page: but there is not a World Cup referencing Spanish-flag to be found on the day of the World Cup final. Instead, both El Punt (the leading newspaper only published in the Catalan language) and La Vanguardia (Spain’s fourth most-read newspaper, mainly sold in Catalonia) devote their covers to the mass political protests in Barcelona yesterday. El Punt’s headline: The cry of a people.” (Pitch Invasion)

Ballet of Frost

July 11, 2010

“Someone wrote on Twitter yesterday that “Is Spain boring?” is the new “Will soccer ever make it in America?” And yes, it is, in the same way that it’s the new “Can Lampard and Gerrard play in the same midfield?” and possibly the new “Can Asians think?” It wants a word, nevertheless, if only because Spain-Germany was so divisive; and because this is the World Cup final, and a bubble of resentment against the pre-tournament favorites and anointed Best Team on Earth is one of the conditions in which history’s about to happen.” (Run of Play)

Spain vs. The Netherlands: A Neutral’s Dilemma

July 11, 2010

“World Cup soccer is often the continuation of war by other means, a ritual reenactment of past conflicts that allows those who perceive themselves as victims to claim some sort of symbolic vengeance. Algeria’s coach sought to raise his players’ passion for their showdown with England by showing them watch The Battle of Algiers, a movie depicting their country’s battle for independence from France. England’s tabloid newspapers couldn’t resist the temptation to evoke memories of Churchill and World War II in their coverage of the match against Germany. And most Argentines have little problem with Diego Maradona’s 1986 ‘Hand of God’ goal against England, coming just four years after hundreds of their soldiers had been killed in a war with Britain over the Falklands/Malvinas islands.” (TIME)

England left behind in a world for the fleet of foot

July 11, 2010

“This was the World Cup that killed the fixed identity. At assorted moments in the preceding years Brazil woke up and wanted to be Germany, the Germans decided they would quite like to be Dutch and Holland thought it would be a good idea to make a pantomime horse out of an Italian rear and a Spanish front.” (Guardian)

Soccer shatters ethnic myths

July 11, 2010

“The World Cup, which has been reduced to a stark contest between Northern and Southern European soccer cultures, is always about national mythologies. Sometimes, it confirms them. On Sunday, we will doubtless watch a display of Dutch stubbornness and unpredictability pitted against Spain’s mesmerizing bolero of syncopated passing.” (The Globe and Mail)

The Football Stamps of Spain – Los sellos de fútbol de España

July 11, 2010

“Following on from yesterdays post featuring the football stamps of the Netherlands today it’s the turn of fellow 2010 World Cup finalists Spain. The first Spanish stamps to feature a football theme were released in 1960 as part of a 12-value set commemorating various sports.” (footysphere)

Bonuses for footballers at 2010 World Cup

July 11, 2010

“FIFA actively encourages teams with bonus payments for good results at the World Cup” (RIA Novosto)

Slavoz Zizek Predicts the World Cup Final

July 11, 2010

“Despite the parakeet, the octopus, and an assortment of other animals, only one entity can accurately predict the World Cup final: Slovenian philosopher and critical theorist Slavoj Zizek. We had a quaint chat with the man to wax Marxism, the Lacanian real, and Mark Von Bommel. What he had to say will probably only confuse you, unless of course you obtained a doctorate from the European School of Philosophy. But not the University of Chicago – everybody knows those hacks just say really big words. Ahem. Now onto the interview!” (futfanatico)

Uruguay 2 – 3 Germany

July 11, 2010

“In pouring rain on a ragged field, Germany and Uruguay staged a match entertaining enough to be for the World Cup title. Too bad it was only for third place. Sami Khedira scored in the 82nd minute to give Germany a 3-2 victory and third place for the second straight World Cup. But the Germans had to survive a final-second free kick by Uruguay star striker Diego Forlan from just outside the penalty area. It ricocheted off the crossbar, and the whistle sounded.” (ESPN)

World Cup 2010: Germany 3-2 Uruguay
“‘Let’s make this a celebration,’ intones ITV commentator Peter Drury, before kick-off, and millions of people, all at once, think, ‘yeah, lose your voice.’ Uruguay’s national anthem is what Billy Connolly had in mind all those years ago when he suggested replacing ‘God Save the Queen’ with the theme tune to ‘The Archers.’ It’s one of the things from this World Cup that I’ll remember, and I’ll miss it now it’s gone, for four years at least. La Celeste are wearing blue shorts for no obvious reason – Germany are in their change kit equally inexplicably, have Wednesday’s shirts not come back from the laundry? – and they look more like Coventry City with each misplaced pass.” (twohundredpercent)

Uruguay 2-3 Germany – Video Highlights, Recap, Match Stats – World Cup – 10 July 2010
“Germany once again would play in the World Cup third place match as they faced South American side Uruguay. It was a disappointing result for Germany to lose in the semifinals while Uruguay have exceeded expectations and had a great World Cup.” (The 90th Minute)