Before the game started I was hoping the Dutch would claim victory but after a few minutes of the game I could no longer support the dirty Dutch side.
I have never seen a team play as dirty as Holland did against Spain last night. There is tactics and then there is playing like animals. The Dutch were lucky not to go in at half-time with nine men.
How Howard Webb didn’t send Nigel De Jong off for his Kung-Fu kick on Xabi Alonso I don’t know. He
Then there was the horrible Mark Van Bommel. It seems the only talent he has on a football pitch is to kick the opposition. How he manages to get through a full 90 minutes on a football pitch without getting sent –off is beyond me. It’s a mystery how he has played for so many top clubs.
I have to admit that I felt sorry for Johnny Heitinga as he wasn’t the dirtiest player in the Dutch side but Webb was right to send the Everton star off. Even Dutch legend Johan Cruyff criticised his own countries attitude towards the game. He accused his compatriots of playing ‘anti-football’ and he wasn’t wrong.
Spain showed a more positive approach right through the game and was less aggressive and dirty than their opponents. Although they suffered a few scares from Dutch attacks I always felt that their style of play would win through.
I mentioned in one of my recent articles that I thought Spain had rather grinded their way through the tournament. In this game they weren’t even given the chance to play nice passing football. However their goal came from a typically superb Spanish move.
The Spanish’s style has become the most admired in the world and they deserve to be World Champions just for the way they play the game. They are without doubt the best team in international football.
Many of the big name stars have failed to show up in this tournament but one player who has been superb for the Spaniards is Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta. I believe the 26 year-old is underrated. His vision, skill and general footballing brain has leaded him to win every trophy there is to win in the game.
However he seems to get overlooked for the big individual awards because of his position. He gets his fair share of goals but his talents lay in his ability to pick a pass and create chances for his teammates.
He deserved to score the winner for his contribution throughout the competition. He should now be considered amongst the best in the world. Maybe after winning the trophy he will finally get the recognition he deserves.
His midfield partner Xavi is decent as well. They have such a good understanding on the pitch and the little playmaker seems to never give the ball away. Barca will be a deadly next season with Xavi, Iniesta, Lionel Messi and David Villa all lining-up for the them.
The moment Spain won the trophy was an emotional one for most Spaniards. Spanish keeper Iker Casillas broke down in tears at the end of the game and Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal admitted that he was in tears after the victory.
Spain has waited for a long time for this victory and it was a popular victory. Spain has never seen a celebration like it. Their national side has finally fulfilled their footballing destiny. I’m sure nobody got any sleep in Spain last night.
Even the usual sceptical Spanish fans can now relax and enjoy their victory. Their side has let them down so many times and they have now made up for all those disappointments with the ultimate victory, winning the World Cup.
The Spanish side returned to a hero’s welcome in Madrid. On the flight back to Spain the Spanish players continued their celebrations (click here to view video). This set of players got exactly what they deserve and have every right to celebrate being World Champions. Viva Espana and Gracias for the memories.
(Video Source:- Marca.com)