After participating in 12 World Cups, living through bitter moments (see article “The Spanish Dream”), the long-awaited victory has arrived! “La Selección” showed an excellent performance : congratulations, Spain!
The 2008 European Champion player generation broke the Spanish curse of the quarter-finals, and brought us a glorious football.
We could analyze the big final, talking about the referee’s good and the bad decisions, the coaches’ tactical approach, or even open an endless debate, but this seems unnecessary since everyone saw the final and drew their own conclusions. Let´s consider the impact it made; Spanish victory in a hard final match, in which the Dutchmen didn’t play their own football and were only concerned with stopping the Spanish players in every possible way. The world has surrendered to Spanish football, as seen in the foreign headlines:
Olé (Argentina) : “Joder, que campeón” – Wow, what a Champion!
France Football (France) : “Le Monde leur appartient” – The World is theirs
L´Equipe (France) : “2010, L´Odysée de l´Espagne” – 2010, Odyssey of Spain
Record (México): “España, Campeón del Mundo Iniesta el héroe ibérico” – Spain, World Champion- Iniesta, the iberian hero
Daily Mail (UK) : “Viva España”
The Sun (UK): “Winiesta”
Bild (Germany): “Spanien Weltmeister. Tor Iniesta, jetzt Fiesta… und Krake Paul hat es wieder gewusst”- “Spain, World Champion. Iniesta goal, now Fiesta. Octopus Paul guessed right again”
A Bola (Portugal): “Espanha. Campēa da Europa para o Mundo” – Spain. European Champion for the World
La Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy): “Vamos España: Canpione”- Come on Spain, Champions
O Globo (Brazil): “A festa da técnica e da ousadia” -
De Telegraaf (Netherlands): “Tranen Oranje” – Orange tears
Marca (España) : “Que si, que somos campeones” – Yes, we are World Champion
The international press highlighted the great football Spain showed, the great Iniesta goal 4 minutes before the end of the extra time, and excessive rough play by the Dutch players. Many journalists say that Spain is a fair winner of the game, and it is a good for football in general if a team like Spain wins tournaments. Even FIFA president Joseph Blatter praised the strength and commitment of the Spanish team, although he admitted that the final hadn’t been “exactly” what we had expected due to the lack of “Fair Play”.
“La Roja”, with the achievement of the tournament has set several new records:
- the first European country winning a World Cup taking place outside of Europe.
- being the champion with least goals scored (eight goals scored, two received).
- being the only champion not getting goals after the group stage.
- being the first team losing the first game while winning the cup.
Let´s remember the new World Champions:
Iker CASILLAS (Real Madrid)
Pepe REINA (Liverpool)
Víctor VALDÉS (Barcelona)
Sergio RAMOS (Real Madrid)
Carles PUYOL (Barcelona)
Gerard PIQUÉ (Barcelona)
Raúl ALBIOL (Real Madrid)
Carlos MARCHENA (Valencia )
Álvaro ARBELOA (Real Madrid)
Joan CAPDEVILA (Villarreal )
Xavi HERNÁNDEZ (Barcelona)
Xabi ALONSO (Real Madrid)
Andrés INIESTA (Barcelona)
Cesc FÁBREGAS (Arsenal)
Sergi BUSQUETS (Barcelona)
David SILVA (Valencia – Manchester City)
Juan MATA (Valencia)
Jesús NAVAS (Sevilla)
Javi MARTÍNEZ (Athletic)
David VILLA (Valencia – Barcelona)
Fernando TORRES (Liverpool)
Pedro Rodríguez (Barcelona)
Fernando LLORENTE (Athletic)
Coach: Vicente Del Bosque
Before signing off I would like to highlight the great organization of South Africa in the 2010 World Cup. There were many who doubted their organisational capacities. Thanks for this unforgettable South Africa World Cup 2010. Spain will always remember you fondly!
Now, we can say loud and clear : It´s not a dream, it´s real:
SPAIN, FOOTBALL WORLD CHAMPION!