July 11, 2010 Leave a comment
Each team’s top scorer in the 2010 World Cup. Wesley Sneijder for the Dutch and David Villa for Spain are definitely players to watch.
On Sunday the 11th of July 20:30 local time in South Africa, the final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup will commence and later on in the night, a new winner will be announced. It’s the Netherlands vs. Spain. Both have not won a World Cup yet, and are considered the biggest underachievers in international football. They are really. The Dutch have come closest to win the World Cup by reaching the final twice in the 1970s. First in 1974 where they lost famously to the Germans. And later in 1978. They were considered favourites on both occasions, and lost out to the host nations.
In this final though, they play as the underdogs. Everyone is going for Spain, because of their so-called beautiful play. And, don’t forget Paul the Octopus. Haven’t heard of him? He’s the psychic Octopus that has predicted every match the Germans have played in this World Cup. And he’s got them all right. Search him up. He predicted Spain instead of Holland, but my hopes are still with the Dutch.
This is the psychic octopus.
Yes, this is a one-sided blog entry. I’m a Dutch fan. Have always been. In the international stage of football I’ve always cheered on for Holland. Ever since I started watching and liking football. My granddad loved the Dutch, and he lived in the time of Cruyff. He was his favourite player you know. Mine also I guess. But I live now, and I’m saying I think it’s time for them to win a World Cup. Spain can wait. Netherlands have already waited for over 30 years.
Am I even going to preview the final match which will take place in Soccer City? Sure. But don’t expect me to speak a lot about the Spanish.
The Dutch arrived where they are now with some competition. They topped their group stage with a perfect record, beating Japan, Denmark and Cameroon. The Spaniards also topped their group but lost their opening match against Switzerland. In the knockout round, the Dutch had to go through the likes of Brazil and Uruguay. Spain had to edge their way past big teams like Portugal and Germany. I say this is the ideal final for this World Cup.
Head-to-head on previous occasions have been incredibly even. With both winning four in nine meetings. Drawing just the one time. Oranje have of course been this far, in 1974 and 1978. At both occasions they lost to host nations Germany and Argentina. But now the side that has abandoned their ‘total football’ has to go up against another underachiever. Spain, the reigning European Champions. It’s a hard opponent.
Whoever wins though, will end an old hoodoo. That is that no European side have ever won the World Cup outside of their soil. And and and. None of these teams have ever won the Cup. So they will be the eighth team ever to ever hold the glorious trophy. But the Dutch need it.
Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, after leading his team to the finals himself in 1974, have pointed the Spanish as favourites. Traitor? Well, he’s played a lot of his football for Spanish club Barcelona, and currently manages the Cataluna side. But this is a real let down to the Dutch leading on to the match. Knowing that their most famous player doesn’t really think highly of them.
So, I conclude by saying that the Dutch have to win. That is all.
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.
A golden Jabulani ball. This is the ball for the finale of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.