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My take on the 2010 Fifa World Cup

July 12, 2010 5 comments

The Pre-tornament hot favorite proved their worth.

Spain did it. They are the World Champions for the first time in their history. They entered the very select club of world cup winning nations. Just look how Casillas was happy. Many predicted Spain to lift the trophy or go far in the tournament which they did. They have a squad with great players every coach dream about, Iniesta, Xavi, Villa, Torres, Puyol to mention a few. Arguably one of the best team of the decade. They play a beautiful passing game very similar to that of FC Barcelona. Tactics is also similar to the Catalan team. Paradoxically, they scored very little goal, an all time low for a winning squad, only 8 for 7 matches played. 5 of which is from the know-all David Villa. But they could rely on a solid defence built around the Puyol-Pique tandem that conceded 2 goals only with 5 clean sheets.

Netherlands and Spain were the only teams to have won all their qualification matches for the 2010 World Cup, with the Netherlands also winning all games on their way to the final. For the final against Holland, Spain deserved their victory. They were the better side playing the most coherent football. Read more…

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World Cup final preview (part one)

July 10, 2010 2 comments

Johan Cruyff is the greatest player in Dutch history, but has he been more of an influence on the current players of Holland or Spain?

This is a tremendously intriguing final for a variety of reasons.

Firstly, because it is between the two non-World Cup-winning sides with the best historical record in the competition, using this table as the basis for that statement. One of them will finally break their duck.

Furthermore, this is clash between two sides historically appreciated for their style of football. Before the tournament started, if we had asked a large sample of fans what their ideal final would be to guarantee an exciting game, Holland v Spain would surely have been the most popular answer, considering Brazil’s apparent negativity and the highly-structured Argentina side Diego Maradona looked set to field. But then, by their standards, neither Holland nor Spain have played particularly attractive football so far.

Dutch pragmatism

Holland have reached their first World Cup final since the the 1970s, when they won the hearts of many football fans across the globe for their exciting, revolutionary ‘Total Football’ system. There has been much discussion about the nature of Bert van Marwijk’s current Dutch side – it certainly isn’t Total Football, but is it even typically Dutch? Raphael Honigstein wrote an interesting piece before their semi-final with Uruguay on this subject, concluding, “It’s high time the old stereotypes were ditched, regardless of the result. Dutch football itself already did it a while back. Maybe the rest of the world should follow suit.”

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