FIFA World Cup History In 2010 Finals

South Africa 2010 FIFA FINALS

Spain the Winners of the World Cup

Felicidades Espana, Campeones del Mundo!

Spain Scores Dramatic Goal In Extra Time To Win World Cup

On July 11 in Johanesburg, South Africa, In the 116th minute of the FIFA World Cup Finals, Andres Iniesta broke free inside the penalty area, taking a pass from Cesc Fabregas and then he put the ball (a right-footed shot from 8 yards) just past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. As for the Dutch, this lose marks the third time the Netherlands has gone home as a runner-up.

The Path to the World Cup Finals

Almost one month with 62 matches played and more than enough vuvuzela bleats later, the 2010 Soccer World Cup came down to two title contenders. On Sunday July 11, Spain and the Netherlands met at Soccer City for the FIFA championship.

On July 6, 2010 Netherlands defeated Uruguay in a 3-2 match that sent the only non-European semifinalist home and sent Holland to their first World Cup title match since 1978.

On July 7, 2010 Spain advanced to World Cup final with 1-0 win over Germany.

The hopes and dreams of a continent were put out when Ghana lost to Uruguay on July 2, 2010 in the WC soccer quarter final matches. And Latin America’s may have thought that they had a standing supremacy in the matches at FIFA World Cup, with 4 of the 8 teams being Latin winning a spot in the quarter finals. Yet it is Europe teams that have been striking back throughout this entire tournament and it is one of the teams from Europe, Spain v Holland that will be taking home the World Cup.

Will it be the Netherlands who beat Brazil (quarter finals) and then defeated Uruguay (semi finals) or will it be the Spain, the winner of the semi final game against Germany ( who trounced on Argentina in the semi final match) and (who defeated Paraguay in the quarter final game ?

One thing is sure the World Cup will have a brand new champion no matter which team wins Sunday’s final in Johannesburg.

WORLD CUP SEMIFINALS Results:

July 6, 2010 Holland defeats Uruguay 3-2

July 7, 2010 Spain defeats Germany


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SPAIN 2010 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONS

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Iniesta will forever be remembered in Spain for his late-game heroics.
Iniesta will forever be remembered in Spain for his late-game heroics.
Iniesta will forever be remembered in Spain for his late-game heroics.

2010 FIFA Spain's Defenders

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David Villa of Spain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round  (June 28, 2010 - Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images Europe) Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)Pedro Rodriguez of Spain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Spain beat Portugal at Green Point Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (June 28, 2010 - Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Europe) Spain soccer players David Silva (L), Jesus Navas (C) and Alvaro Arbeloa at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match when Spain beat Portugal at Green Point Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (June 28, 2010 - PhotDavid Villa of Spain scores his side's first goal past Eduardo of Portugal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa South Africa. (June 28, 2010 - Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Europe)
David Villa of Spain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round  (June 28, 2010 - Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images Europe)
David Villa of Spain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round (June 28, 2010 - Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images Europe)
Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Pedro Rodriguez of Spain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Spain beat Portugal at Green Point Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (June 28, 2010 - Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Europe)
Pedro Rodriguez of Spain at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Spain beat Portugal at Green Point Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (June 28, 2010 - Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Europe)
Spain soccer players David Silva (L), Jesus Navas (C) and Alvaro Arbeloa at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match when Spain beat Portugal at Green Point Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (June 28, 2010 - Phot
Spain soccer players David Silva (L), Jesus Navas (C) and Alvaro Arbeloa at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match when Spain beat Portugal at Green Point Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (June 28, 2010 - Phot
David Villa of Spain scores his side's first goal past Eduardo of Portugal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa South Africa. (June 28, 2010 - Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Europe)
David Villa of Spain scores his side's first goal past Eduardo of Portugal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa South Africa. (June 28, 2010 - Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images Europe)

Spain

2010 FIFA WORLD CUP

Team Profile 2010

Name: Real Federación Española de Fútbol

Nickname: La Furia Roja, or The Red Fury.

FIFA World Ranking #2

Group H - Switzerland, Honduras and Chile

Head Coach: Vicente del Bosque

Team Spain Hottest Soccer Players:

~ Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)

~ Defenders: Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

~ Forwards

Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), David Villa (Valencia), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Juan Manuel Mata (Valencia)andFernando 'El Niño' Torres

Tweets for team Spain #ESP

Spain Soccer World Cup Champions

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 Spain's Sergio Ramos reacted during Sunday's match against the Netherlands.  Photo - Kerim Okten/European Pressphoto AgencyIniesta powers a shot past Stekelenburg in the 116th minute for the game's only goal.The Spain team prior to its match against the Netherlands.  Shaun Botterill - FIFA, via Getty Images Spain celebrated its World Cup victory after Sundays match against the Netherlands. Photo - Jamie Mcdonald/Getty ImagesAndres Iniesta, left, celebrated after scoring Spains first and only goal on Sunday. Spain defeated the Netherlands, 1-0. Photo - David Gray/Reuters
 Spain's Sergio Ramos reacted during Sunday's match against the Netherlands.  Photo - Kerim Okten/European Pressphoto Agency
Spain's Sergio Ramos reacted during Sunday's match against the Netherlands. Photo - Kerim Okten/European Pressphoto Agency
Iniesta powers a shot past Stekelenburg in the 116th minute for the game's only goal.
Iniesta powers a shot past Stekelenburg in the 116th minute for the game's only goal.
The Spain team prior to its match against the Netherlands.  Shaun Botterill - FIFA, via Getty Images
The Spain team prior to its match against the Netherlands. Shaun Botterill - FIFA, via Getty Images
Spain celebrated its World Cup victory after Sundays match against the Netherlands. Photo - Jamie Mcdonald/Getty Images
Spain celebrated its World Cup victory after Sundays match against the Netherlands. Photo - Jamie Mcdonald/Getty Images
Andres Iniesta, left, celebrated after scoring Spains first and only goal on Sunday. Spain defeated the Netherlands, 1-0. Photo - David Gray/Reuters
Andres Iniesta, left, celebrated after scoring Spains first and only goal on Sunday. Spain defeated the Netherlands, 1-0. Photo - David Gray/Reuters

Spain the Worlds Best Soccer Team

85,000 fans at Soccer City in Johannesburg and millions of television viewers around the world watched on as the FIFA Games came to an end. And though it took Spain extra time to win this game when finally a goal by Andrés Iniesta in the 26th minute of extra time, the team from Spain defeated the Netherlands, 1-0. With this win the Red Fury became the eighth country to win the World Cup. This win is the first World Cup Championship for Spain and it also makes Spain the first team to lose their opening match at a World Cup and still win the tournament.

The goal came while Holland had only 10 men on the field, and this is because defender John Heitinga was sent off in the 109th minute with his second yellow card, one of nine Dutch yellows in the match. Football's ruling body FIFA first introduced red and yellow cards in 1970.

The best player of the Tournament has to be David Villa. He finished the tournament with five of Spain's eight goals and his goals always came at pivotal times in the games.

Spain Defeats Germany in World Cup Semi Final Games 2010

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David Villa - Spain FIFA World Cup Action July 7, 2010Spain celebrates win over Germany in World Cup finals FIFA World Cup 2010 - Spain vs Germany - Xabi Alonso, Carles Puyol celebrateSpain's midfielder David Silva, striker Fernando Llorente and defender Gerard Pique during a training session on Tuesday July 7, 2010 Photo Agence France-Presse - Getty Images Spain's Carles Puyol, second from right, attempted to score against Germany on Wednesday July 7, 2010 South Africa Semi final7 Jul 2010 WC 2010: Spain - Germany, Puyol (Getty Images) World Cup 2010:Jerome Boateng -Sergio Ramos , Germany - Spain (Getty Images) FIFA World Cup 2010 - Spain vs Germany - Sepp Blatter, Joseph Zuma, Queen of SpainIn for the kill: David Villa's chance is snuffed out by Manuel Neuer in world cup soccer semi finals v Germany Picture: REUTERSWC Semi Finals goalkeeper Iker Casillas is rushed into a clearance by the on-rushing Miroslav Klose Picture: APSpain v Germany Semi Finals in South Africa July 2010 Miroslav Klose sends Carles Puyol to the floor with his brute strengthPicture/ AFP
David Villa - Spain FIFA World Cup Action July 7, 2010
David Villa - Spain FIFA World Cup Action July 7, 2010
Spain celebrates win over Germany in World Cup finals FIFA World Cup 2010 - Spain vs Germany - Xabi Alonso, Carles Puyol celebrate
Spain celebrates win over Germany in World Cup finals FIFA World Cup 2010 - Spain vs Germany - Xabi Alonso, Carles Puyol celebrate
Spain's midfielder David Silva, striker Fernando Llorente and defender Gerard Pique during a training session on Tuesday July 7, 2010 Photo Agence France-Presse - Getty Images
Spain's midfielder David Silva, striker Fernando Llorente and defender Gerard Pique during a training session on Tuesday July 7, 2010 Photo Agence France-Presse - Getty Images
 Spain's Carles Puyol, second from right, attempted to score against Germany on Wednesday July 7, 2010 South Africa Semi final
Spain's Carles Puyol, second from right, attempted to score against Germany on Wednesday July 7, 2010 South Africa Semi final
7 Jul 2010 WC 2010: Spain - Germany, Puyol (Getty Images)
7 Jul 2010 WC 2010: Spain - Germany, Puyol (Getty Images)
World Cup 2010:Jerome Boateng -Sergio Ramos , Germany - Spain (Getty Images)
World Cup 2010:Jerome Boateng -Sergio Ramos , Germany - Spain (Getty Images)
FIFA World Cup 2010 - Spain vs Germany - Sepp Blatter, Joseph Zuma, Queen of Spain
FIFA World Cup 2010 - Spain vs Germany - Sepp Blatter, Joseph Zuma, Queen of Spain
In for the kill: David Villa's chance is snuffed out by Manuel Neuer in world cup soccer semi finals v Germany Picture: REUTERS
In for the kill: David Villa's chance is snuffed out by Manuel Neuer in world cup soccer semi finals v Germany Picture: REUTERS
WC Semi Finals goalkeeper Iker Casillas is rushed into a clearance by the on-rushing Miroslav Klose Picture: AP
WC Semi Finals goalkeeper Iker Casillas is rushed into a clearance by the on-rushing Miroslav Klose Picture: AP
Spain v Germany Semi Finals in South Africa July 2010 Miroslav Klose sends Carles Puyol to the floor with his brute strengthPicture/ AFP
Spain v Germany Semi Finals in South Africa July 2010 Miroslav Klose sends Carles Puyol to the floor with his brute strengthPicture/ AFP
The Spain striker Fernando Torres has yet to score a goal in this World Cup. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images
The Spain striker Fernando Torres has yet to score a goal in this World Cup. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images

World Cup Quarter Finals - Spain defeats Paraguay to Move ahead to play in FIFA Semi Finals

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Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas celebrates at the end of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)Spain's David Villa, right, is challenged by Paraguay's Cristian Riveros during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)Spain's Carles Puyol, right, competes for the ball with Paraguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez. Photo - Luca Bruno/Associated PressParaguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez, left, vies for the ball with Spain's Sergio Ramos during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Bernat Spain's Fernando Torres gestures during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)Paraguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez reacts after his goal was disallowed for offiside during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Bernat ASpain's David Villa, left, controls the ball from Paraguay's Dario Veron during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Bernat Armague)Referee Carlos Batres issues Gerard Pique of Spain with a yellow card after pulling down Oscar Cardozo of Paraguay in the penalty area during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium onSpain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, right, and Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina, left, celebrate following the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. Spain deSpain's Sergio Ramos runs at the end of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. Spain defeated Paraguay 1-0. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas celebrates at the end of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010.  (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas celebrates at the end of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Spain's David Villa, right, is challenged by Paraguay's Cristian Riveros during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Spain's David Villa, right, is challenged by Paraguay's Cristian Riveros during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Spain's Carles Puyol, right, competes for the ball with Paraguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez. Photo - Luca Bruno/Associated Press
Spain's Carles Puyol, right, competes for the ball with Paraguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez. Photo - Luca Bruno/Associated Press
Paraguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez, left, vies for the ball with Spain's Sergio Ramos during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Bernat
Paraguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez, left, vies for the ball with Spain's Sergio Ramos during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Bernat
Spain's Fernando Torres gestures during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Spain's Fernando Torres gestures during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Paraguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez reacts after his goal was disallowed for offiside during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Bernat A
Paraguay's Nelson Haedo Valdez reacts after his goal was disallowed for offiside during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Bernat A
Spain's David Villa, left, controls the ball from Paraguay's Dario Veron during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Bernat Armague)
Spain's David Villa, left, controls the ball from Paraguay's Dario Veron during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Bernat Armague)
Referee Carlos Batres issues Gerard Pique of Spain with a yellow card after pulling down Oscar Cardozo of Paraguay in the penalty area during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium on
Referee Carlos Batres issues Gerard Pique of Spain with a yellow card after pulling down Oscar Cardozo of Paraguay in the penalty area during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium on
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, right, and Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina, left, celebrate following the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. Spain de
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, right, and Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina, left, celebrate following the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. Spain de
Spain's Sergio Ramos runs at the end of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. Spain defeated Paraguay 1-0. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Spain's Sergio Ramos runs at the end of the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Paraguay and Spain at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, July 3, 2010. Spain defeated Paraguay 1-0. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

World Cup Semi Finals Spain v Germany

Spain Moves on to the FIFA Finals!

Defeats Germany

Score 1-0

Sergio Ramos plays the way all outside backs should play, with a full tilt, forward and back. He's committed 13 fouls this tournament and sustained 11, usually while charging forward with the ball. So many of Spain's attacks start with Sergio Ramos, who is as good a dribbler as any forward in the game. He has the most solo attacking runs of any player in this tournament. When he gets forward, it puts the entire opposition on its heels.

Spain Semi Final Player Line Up

  • Goalie - Casillas
  • Defenders: Pique, Puyol, Capdevila, and Ramos
  • Midfield: Iniesta, Xavi, Alonso and Busquets
  • Strikers: Villa (five goals in five matches) and Pedro.

In the 73rd minute of the game against Germany, Puyol on a header off a corner scores the first Goal!

Spain finally took the lead 1-0 after Iniesta's moved on the left set up a corner from Xavi, and that corner flies above all until it reached a charging Puyol,nailed it into the middle right edge of the goal beyond a lunging Neuer.

Villa Gives Spain 1-0 Win Over Paraguay In Quarter Finals

July 3, 2010 Spain defeats Paraguay 1-0 in World Cup quarterfinal and they will meet Germany for finals berth.

Spain will meet up with  Germany on Wednesday in Durban in the semi finals,  a reprise of its 1-0 victory in the Euro 2008 final.

Netherlands World Cup Soccer 2010

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Netherland In Pictures at the 2010 World Cup Finals

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Spain's Sergio Ramos consoles Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder at the end of the match.Netherlands' striker Arjen Robben gets by Spain's defender Carles Puyol .Outraged Netherlands' Joris Mathijsen, right, throws the ball as his teammate Wesley Sneijder tries to stop him after Spain's Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal. Andres Iniesta, left, celebrated after scoring Spains first and only goal on Sunday. Spain defeated the Netherlands, 1-0.  Photo - David Gray/ReutersWesley Sneijder at the end of the FIFA World Cup Finals match.
Spain's Sergio Ramos consoles Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder at the end of the match.
Spain's Sergio Ramos consoles Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder at the end of the match.
Netherlands' striker Arjen Robben gets by Spain's defender Carles Puyol .
Netherlands' striker Arjen Robben gets by Spain's defender Carles Puyol .
Outraged Netherlands' Joris Mathijsen, right, throws the ball as his teammate Wesley Sneijder tries to stop him after Spain's Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal.
Outraged Netherlands' Joris Mathijsen, right, throws the ball as his teammate Wesley Sneijder tries to stop him after Spain's Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal.
 Andres Iniesta, left, celebrated after scoring Spains first and only goal on Sunday. Spain defeated the Netherlands, 1-0.  Photo - David Gray/Reuters
Andres Iniesta, left, celebrated after scoring Spains first and only goal on Sunday. Spain defeated the Netherlands, 1-0. Photo - David Gray/Reuters
Wesley Sneijder at the end of the FIFA World Cup Finals match.
Wesley Sneijder at the end of the FIFA World Cup Finals match.

The Dutch Take Second Place in the FIFA Finals

"You felt that the team that would score first would win," Holland Coach Bert Van Marwijk said. "We had two great chances through Arjen. We made a real game out of it."

Giovanni van Bronckhorst's career ends in the 105th minute of the World Cup final, the left back being subbed-off by coach Bert van Marwijk. Bayern Munich's Edson Braafheid replaced the captain, who will retire from soccer after today's match.

The Netherlands now has more victories in World Cup games without a title than any nation: 19. Spain held that dubious record with 24.

Several Dutch players wiped away tears as they received their runners-up medals — yet again. They had won every qualifying match and all six previous games in South Africa before the bitter ending.

"We have to be very proud of the team They had us in rapture for a month. We enjoyed their play, even the final. They had good chances, it's a shame. They will get the tribute next Tuesday that they deserve (in Amsterdam), and we will all see that it is also quite special to have come second in South Africa." - Dutch crown prince Willem-Alexander

Holland Team at World Cup 2010 in Pictures

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Arjen Robben of the Netherlands appeals to Referee Alberto Undiano as he receives a yellow card during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Durban Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Durban, South AfFIFA World Ranking as of April 28th 2010: 4thTeam manager Van Marwijk is convinced that Holland could win the quarter finals against Brazil, coming Friday. Of course! We can beat any nation. Which doesnt mean its going to be easy or that we will be the favorites or anything. And that is nice, aWesley Sneijder and Robin Van Persie celebrate with Arjen Robben of the Netherlands as he scores the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Durban Stadium on June 28, 2010 iArjen Robben June 11th 2010 South Africa
Arjen Robben of the Netherlands appeals to Referee Alberto Undiano as he receives a yellow card during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Durban Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Durban, South Af
Arjen Robben of the Netherlands appeals to Referee Alberto Undiano as he receives a yellow card during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Durban Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Durban, South Af
FIFA World Ranking as of April 28th 2010: 4th
FIFA World Ranking as of April 28th 2010: 4th
Team manager Van Marwijk is convinced that Holland could win the quarter finals against Brazil, coming Friday. Of course! We can beat any nation. Which doesnt mean its going to be easy or that we will be the favorites or anything. And that is nice, a
Team manager Van Marwijk is convinced that Holland could win the quarter finals against Brazil, coming Friday. Of course! We can beat any nation. Which doesn't mean its going to be easy or that we will be the favorites or anything. And that is nice, a
Wesley Sneijder and Robin Van Persie celebrate with Arjen Robben of the Netherlands as he scores the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Durban Stadium on June 28, 2010 i
Wesley Sneijder and Robin Van Persie celebrate with Arjen Robben of the Netherlands as he scores the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Durban Stadium on June 28, 2010 i
Arjen Robben June 11th 2010 South Africa
Arjen Robben June 11th 2010 South Africa

Netherlands

2010 FIFA World Cup

Team Profile 2010

Nickname: Oranje

Official Name: Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond

Uniform: Orange. Black.

Group: E; Japan, Cameroon, Denmark

FIFA World Ranking as of April 28th 2010: 4th

Coach: Bert van Marwijk

Netherlands Star Soccer Players: Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Khalid Bouhlarouz - ‘Khalid the Cannibal’ Captain ~ Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Patrick Kluivert is the top scorer.

World Cup History

  • Appearances - 8, the first time was in 1934
  • Best Result - Runners-up in 1974 and 1978

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Hup Holland Hup! for #NED



Holland Bests Uruguay, 3-2, to Reach the Final

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Bert van Marwijk head coach of the Netherlands talks with Robin Van Persie on the touchline during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Durban Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Durban, South AfricaNetherlands' defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2010 World Cup semi-final match between Uruguay and Netherlands on July 6, 2010 at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town  - ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty ImagesPhotoNetherlands' defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst (L) celebrates with Netherlands' striker Arjen Robben after scoring the first goal during the 2010 Football World Cup semi-final match Uruguay vs The Netherlands at Green Point stadium in Cape Town. AFP/
Bert van Marwijk head coach of the Netherlands talks with Robin Van Persie on the touchline during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Durban Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Durban, South Africa
Bert van Marwijk head coach of the Netherlands talks with Robin Van Persie on the touchline during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Netherlands and Slovakia at Durban Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Durban, South Africa
Netherlands' defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2010 World Cup semi-final match between Uruguay and Netherlands on July 6, 2010 at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town  - ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty ImagesPhoto
Netherlands' defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2010 World Cup semi-final match between Uruguay and Netherlands on July 6, 2010 at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town - ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty ImagesPhoto
Netherlands' defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst (L) celebrates with Netherlands' striker Arjen Robben after scoring the first goal during the 2010 Football World Cup semi-final match Uruguay vs The Netherlands at Green Point stadium in Cape Town. AFP/
Netherlands' defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst (L) celebrates with Netherlands' striker Arjen Robben after scoring the first goal during the 2010 Football World Cup semi-final match Uruguay vs The Netherlands at Green Point stadium in Cape Town. AFP/

Netherlands a Lucky Team at the World Cup

Holland qualified for it's first soccer World Cup final since 1978 with a 3-2 win over Uruguay at Cape Town’s Green Point Stadium. The Netherlands will face either Spain or Germany in the Final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg on July 11, 2010.

One thing we know for sure in the soccer finals is that a European team will lift the trophy in South Africa.

If Spain beats Germany then the World Cup will have a new champion, as neither Holland nor Spain has ever won the title before.

“If you win the final, you make yourself immortal, at least in our country, We will do everything we can to take the Cup back.” Netherlands' Arjen Robben

Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben scored three minutes apart in the second half as the Netherlands advanced to its first title match since losing in 1978 to Argentina.

“We are so close,” Sneijder said. “There is nothing bigger than the World Cup.”

Wesley Sneijder scores winning Goal for The Dutch in the FIFA Quarter Final Match v Brazil

Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands scored the wining goal with a header in the 68th minute of the match. "It just slipped through from my bald head and it was a great feeling," said Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands scored the wining goal with a header in the 68th minute of the match. "It just slipped through from my bald head and it was a great feeling," said Sneijder

FIFA 2010 World Cup Results -

Netherlands Vs Brazil 

World Cup Quarter Finals

Brazil Lost!!

Holland came from behind to upset team Brazil 2-1 and become the first team into the 2010 World Cup semifinals. Robinho scored early to give Brazil a 1-0 lead at halftime, but an own goal by midfielder Felipe Melo and a header by Wesley Sneijder gave the Dutch the win.

World Cup Semi Finals Set:

Netherlands will play Uruguay (defeated Ghana Friday, July 2, 2010 )

BRAZIL WORLD CUP SOCCER

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Confederao Brasileira de Futebol
Confederao Brasileira de Futebol
Confederao Brasileira de Futebol

FIFA 2010 Brazil

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2010 Brazil - Seleo (Selection) or Canarinho (Little Canary)Luis Fabiano was on target twice in Brazil's 3-1 FIFA Worldcup win over Ivory Coast in 2010#10 Kaka and #11 Robinho Brazil Fifa Worldcup South Africa 2010Lucio, the captain of the Brazilian national team, in typical action. The defender is always totally focused. (Photo: GES/Augenklick)Carlos Dunga (left), Brazils head coach, and his assistant Jorginho. In 1994 they together helped win the FIFA World Cup title as players. (Photo: Kunz/Augenklick)
2010 Brazil - Seleo (Selection) or Canarinho (Little Canary)
2010 Brazil - Seleo (Selection) or Canarinho (Little Canary)
Luis Fabiano was on target twice in Brazil's 3-1 FIFA Worldcup win over Ivory Coast in 2010
Luis Fabiano was on target twice in Brazil's 3-1 FIFA Worldcup win over Ivory Coast in 2010
#10 Kaka and #11 Robinho Brazil Fifa Worldcup South Africa 2010
#10 Kaka and #11 Robinho Brazil Fifa Worldcup South Africa 2010
Lucio, the captain of the Brazilian national team, in typical action. The defender is always totally focused. (Photo: GES/Augenklick)
Lucio, the captain of the Brazilian national team, in typical action. The defender is always totally focused. (Photo: GES/Augenklick)
Carlos Dunga (left), Brazils head coach, and his assistant Jorginho. In 1994 they together helped win the FIFA World Cup title as players. (Photo: Kunz/Augenklick)
Carlos Dunga (left), Brazils head coach, and his assistant Jorginho. In 1994 they together helped win the FIFA World Cup title as players. (Photo: Kunz/Augenklick)

BRAZIL

2010 FIFA WORLD CUP

Team Profile 2010

Nickname: Known as the Seleção (Selection) or Canarinho (Little Canary).

FIFA World Ranking as of April 28th 2010: #1

Group: G

Uniform: Canary yellow shirt, blue shorts, white socks.

Coach: The one, the only, the Dunga. In 1994 Dunga was a player and he was the captain of the team when Brazil won the world cup.

Brazil's 2010 Hottest Players:

  • Lucio ~ Captain and centre back

  • Kaka ~ Real Madrid

  • Robinho ~From out wide watch for his trademark mix of brilliance, petulance and lollipops.

  • Luis Fabiano probably the most important man in Brazil’s attack is this Sevilla striker.

World Cup History: Brazil has been to every World Cup tournament, and they have won the trophy five teams. They are the most successful soccer team in history.

Show support for Brazil Tweet #WORLDCUP here at #BRA

Brazil losses 1-2 Netherlands

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Referee Yuichi Nishimura flashes the red card to Brazil's Felipe Melo (5) for his foul on Netherlands' Arjen Robben (2nd R) during the 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match. The Netherlands Arjen Robben, right, after being tackled. Brazils Felipe Melo, left, went to check on him. Photo - Schalk Van Zuydam/Associated PressMembers of the Netherlands team celebrated their 2-1 victory over Brazil on Friday. Photo - David Gray/Reuters
Referee Yuichi Nishimura flashes the red card to Brazil's Felipe Melo (5) for his foul on Netherlands' Arjen Robben (2nd R) during the 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match.
Referee Yuichi Nishimura flashes the red card to Brazil's Felipe Melo (5) for his foul on Netherlands' Arjen Robben (2nd R) during the 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match.
The Netherlands Arjen Robben, right, after being tackled. Brazils Felipe Melo, left, went to check on him. Photo - Schalk Van Zuydam/Associated Press
The Netherlands Arjen Robben, right, after being tackled. Brazils Felipe Melo, left, went to check on him. Photo - Schalk Van Zuydam/Associated Press
Members of the Netherlands team celebrated their 2-1 victory over Brazil on Friday. Photo - David Gray/Reuters
Members of the Netherlands team celebrated their 2-1 victory over Brazil on Friday. Photo - David Gray/Reuters

Brazil Out of the World Cup

Brazil has played in every World Cup final since inception of the championships, and when they took the lead with nine minutes 14 seconds in the semi final game ultimately crashed out of the World Cup after a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Netherlands at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in South Africa on July 2, 2010.

"We didn't expect this. We know that any World Cup match is about 90 minutes. In the first half we were able to play better, and we weren't able to maintain that rhythm in the second half." ~ Brazil National Team Coach Dunga ~

KAKA World Cup Finals 2010

Robert Ghement/European Pressphoto Agency From left, Dani Alves, Kaka and Robinho of Brazil reacted after Wesley Sneijders goal gave the Netherlands a 2-1 lead.
Robert Ghement/European Pressphoto Agency From left, Dani Alves, Kaka and Robinho of Brazil reacted after Wesley Sneijders goal gave the Netherlands a 2-1 lead.

URUGUAY WORLD CUP SOCCER

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World Cup Netherlands 2010Asociacin Uruguaya de Ftbol
World Cup Netherlands 2010
World Cup Netherlands 2010
Asociacin Uruguaya de Ftbol
Asociacin Uruguaya de Ftbol

Uruguay Soccer 2010

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Sebastian Abreu of Uruguay celebrates after the 2010 FIFA World Cup Play Off Second Leg Match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at The Estadio Centenario on November 18, 2009 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (November 2009 - Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty ImaOfficial Name: Asociacin Uruguaya de Ftbol plays in FICA 2010 Worldcup 2010Diego Forlan of Uruguay celebrates after the 2010 FIFA World Cup Play Off Second Leg Match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at The Estadio Centenario on November 18, 2009 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (November 17, 2009 - Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty ImThe Uruguay team celebrate Luis Suarez (R) scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between Mexico and Uruguay at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 22, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (June 21, 2010 - PhotDiego Forlan of Uruguay gestures during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between Uruguay and France at Green Point Stadium on June 11, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (June 10, 2010 - Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe)
Sebastian Abreu of Uruguay celebrates after the 2010 FIFA World Cup Play Off Second Leg Match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at The Estadio Centenario on November 18, 2009 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (November 2009 - Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Ima
Sebastian Abreu of Uruguay celebrates after the 2010 FIFA World Cup Play Off Second Leg Match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at The Estadio Centenario on November 18, 2009 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (November 2009 - Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Ima
Official Name: Asociacin Uruguaya de Ftbol plays in FICA 2010 Worldcup 2010
Official Name: Asociacin Uruguaya de Ftbol plays in FICA 2010 Worldcup 2010
Diego Forlan of Uruguay celebrates after the 2010 FIFA World Cup Play Off Second Leg Match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at The Estadio Centenario on November 18, 2009 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (November 17, 2009 - Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Im
Diego Forlan of Uruguay celebrates after the 2010 FIFA World Cup Play Off Second Leg Match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at The Estadio Centenario on November 18, 2009 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (November 17, 2009 - Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Im
The Uruguay team celebrate Luis Suarez (R) scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between Mexico and Uruguay at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 22, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (June 21, 2010 - Phot
The Uruguay team celebrate Luis Suarez (R) scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between Mexico and Uruguay at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 22, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (June 21, 2010 - Phot
Diego Forlan of Uruguay gestures during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between Uruguay and France at Green Point Stadium on June 11, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (June 10, 2010 - Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe)
Diego Forlan of Uruguay gestures during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between Uruguay and France at Green Point Stadium on June 11, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. (June 10, 2010 - Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe)

URUGUAY

2010 FIFA WORLD CUP

Team Profile 2010

Nickname: Los Charrúa, La Celeste

Official Name: Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol

FIFA Confederation: CONMEBOL (South America)

Group: A

FIFA WORLD RANKING: No. 21

Coach: Oscar Washington Tabarez he is known as "the teacher" , "El Maestro", Tabarez is a veteran who has coached at home and in Europe.

Hottest Star Players: Atlético Madrid star and two-time European Golden Boot winner Diego Forlán, Luis Suárez. Uruguay's

World Cup History:

~Uruguay will be appearing in the FIFA World Cup for the 11th time at South Africa 2010.
~In 1930 Uruguay hosted the inaugural FIFA World Cup finals. They won the tournament defeating Argentina 4-2 in the Final.
~The last time that advanced beyond the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup finals was at Mexico 1970, when they finished fourth.


Twitter for team Uruguay - #URU

Random Fact : Uruguay is considered to have some of the best beaches in the world.

Never Give Up Uruguays Chant at Soccer Semi Finals

FIFA World Cup Semi Finals -Diego Forlan celebrates his equaliser during Uruguay's 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands (Getty Images)
FIFA World Cup Semi Finals -Diego Forlan celebrates his equaliser during Uruguay's 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands (Getty Images)

Uruguay Goes Home Without World Cup

Holland Beats Uruguay 3-2 to Reach the Final

Despite being hit by injuries and suspensions, the underdogs from Uruguay gave Holland a real test and they never gave up. Maybe if they had Luis Suarez who was suspended following the handball intervention that saved his team in the dying moments of the quarterfinal against Ghana.

Oscar Tabarez the coach of Uruguay praised his players after the semi final match in Capetown, South Africa when he was quoted as saying "Today we are looking at the team that is in the final and I believe we put this team in difficulty. I know football in Uruguay and where it stands on a worldwide level. He also said that the narrow FIFA World Cup semi-final defeat to the Netherlands proved they could can mix it with football's powerhouses.

You cant help but think "what if" after this loss, for what if Uruguay had been at full strength, with their main strike man Luis Suarez and their captain Diego Lugano? What if Holland's second goal had been ruled offside?

Right now Uraguay has alot to proud of

Uruguay president Jose Mujica expressed how proud he was of the national team despite this semi-final defeat and was quoted as saying " Uruguay played with great dignity. It was a beautiful game. Five minutes more and we might have drawn,"

Penalty Shootout - Uruguay Wins Quarter final vs Ghana

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Uruguay's Diego Forlan celebrates after scoring a goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Uruguay and Ghana at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, July 2, 2010Uruguay's Diego Forlan,looks as Ghana's John Pantsil reacts to goal by Sulley Muntari- World Cup quarterfinal soccer match Friday, July 2, 2010. Photo -APGhana's John Mensah misses his country's third penalty in their World Cup quarter-final shoot-out defeat to Uruguay. Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP
Uruguay's Diego Forlan celebrates after scoring a goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Uruguay and Ghana at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, July 2, 2010
Uruguay's Diego Forlan celebrates after scoring a goal during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Uruguay and Ghana at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, July 2, 2010
Uruguay's Diego Forlan,looks as Ghana's John Pantsil reacts to goal by Sulley Muntari- World Cup quarterfinal soccer match Friday, July 2, 2010. Photo -AP
Uruguay's Diego Forlan,looks as Ghana's John Pantsil reacts to goal by Sulley Muntari- World Cup quarterfinal soccer match Friday, July 2, 2010. Photo -AP
Ghana's John Mensah misses his country's third penalty in their World Cup quarter-final shoot-out defeat to Uruguay. Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP
Ghana's John Mensah misses his country's third penalty in their World Cup quarter-final shoot-out defeat to Uruguay. Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP

Uruguay Makes It To The Semifinals

In Shootout Win Over Ghana

There were 84,017 in attendance at Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg for the World Cup Quarter Finals on July 2, 2010 for this heartbreaking match between 'La Celeste' and Ghana.

To be among the four best (teams) in the world, there are no words for that," Uruguay's star striker Diego Forlan was quoted as saying. "We felt we were going to faint with each penalty." He was elected as the Budweiser MAN OF THE MATCH.

Diego nickname is Cachavacha, which fits because of his likeness to the Argentinian cartoon character of the same name.


GERMANY WORLD CUP SOCCER

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FIFA World Cup Germany Pictures Quarter Finals

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Thomas Mueller of Germany celebrates with team mate Miroslav Klose during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (June 26, 2010 - PMiroslav Klose of Germany (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (JuJoachim Loew head coach of Germany and assistant Hans Dieter Flick. (June 26, 2010 - Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe) Lukas Podolski of Germany scores  David James of England during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa  (June 26, 2010 - Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Europe) Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mate Thomas Mueller (R) during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. (June 26, 2010 - Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Europe)
Thomas Mueller of Germany celebrates with team mate Miroslav Klose during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (June 26, 2010 - P
Thomas Mueller of Germany celebrates with teammate Miroslav Klose during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (June 26, 2010 - P
Miroslav Klose of Germany (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Ju
Miroslav Klose of Germany (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium on June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Ju
Joachim Loew head coach of Germany and assistant Hans Dieter Flick. (June 26, 2010 - Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe)
Joachim Loew head coach of Germany and assistant Hans Dieter Flick. (June 26, 2010 - Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe)
Lukas Podolski of Germany scores  David James of England during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa  (June 26, 2010 - Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Europe)
Lukas Podolski of Germany scores David James of England during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa (June 26, 2010 - Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Europe)
Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mate Thomas Mueller (R) during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. (June 26, 2010 - Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Europe)
Miroslav Klose of Germany celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mate Thomas Mueller (R) during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. (June 26, 2010 - Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Europe)

GERMANY

2010 FIFA WORLD CUP

Team Profile 2010

Official Name: Deutscher Fußball-Bund

Nickname: Regularly referred to as Die Mannschaft (The Team), but apparently only by those who don’t sprechen Deutsch. Other nicknames include Die DFB-Elf (The DFB Eleven) and Nationalelf (national eleven)

FIFA Confederation: UEFA(Europe)

Coach: Joachim Löw better known as Jogi

FIFA World Ranking as of April 28th 2010: #6

Group: D ~ Australia, Ghana and Serbia

Uniform: Classic white home shirt from adidas, with the colours of the flag in a thin vertical stripe.

Hottest Players: Piotr Trochowski, Michael Ballack

WORLD CUP APPEARANCES: 6

Twiiter for Germany  - #GER

Germany Defeats Argentina to Secure Spot in the World Cup Semifinal

Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts between Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger (L) and Philipp Lahm (R) after the 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match at Green Point stadium in Cape Town July 3, 2010 Photograph by: Marcos Brindicci, Reuters
Argentina's Lionel Messi reacts between Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger (L) and Philipp Lahm (R) after the 2010 World Cup quarter-final soccer match at Green Point stadium in Cape Town July 3, 2010 Photograph by: Marcos Brindicci, Reuters

Germany Beats Argentina To Reach World Cup Semifinals

The results are in - Germany will move on to the semi finals as they defeated Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinals in Cape Town on Saturday July 3, 2010. Germany will play the winner of Paraguay-Spain in the semifinals Wednesday in Durban.

This will be Germany's third straight trip to the semis and its 12th overall — nobody has more. But the three-time champions haven't won a title since 1990.

Germany Loses to Spain in the Semi Final FIFA WC

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Germany's coach Joachim Loew sporting his sweater. Javier Soriano/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images Spain's Sergio Ramos, right, and Germany's Lukas Podolski battled for the ball.  Pedro Ugarte/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images Bastian Schweinsteiger walk off the field at the end of the match between Germany and Spain July 7 in South Africa world cup action
Germany's coach Joachim Loew sporting his sweater. Javier Soriano/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images
Germany's coach Joachim Loew sporting his sweater. Javier Soriano/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images
 Spain's Sergio Ramos, right, and Germany's Lukas Podolski battled for the ball.  Pedro Ugarte/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images
Spain's Sergio Ramos, right, and Germany's Lukas Podolski battled for the ball. Pedro Ugarte/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images
Bastian Schweinsteiger walk off the field at the end of the match between Germany and Spain July 7 in South Africa world cup action
Bastian Schweinsteiger walk off the field at the end of the match between Germany and Spain July 7 in South Africa world cup action

World Cup Semifinal:

Spain DEFEATS Germany 1-0

GERMANY vs SPAIN - Semi-Final #2 World Cup 2010
Date/Time: 07-07-2010 from 20:30 until 23:00
Competition: FIFA World Cup
Venue: Durban, South Africa

Germanys lineup in the semi final against Spain are Neuer in goal, then Friedrich, Lahm, Mertesacker and Boateng as defenders, then a midfield of Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Ozil and Trochowski, with Podolski and Klose up front wreaking fear.

In the semi final match Germany backed off and allowed Spain to dictate the tempo, find their rhythm, and ultimately, win the match. By letting Spain control the pace, Germany effectively tried to beat them at their own game, which is a slow, pass based style that emphasizes technique above all other factors. Was it courage, confidence or both that lost the game for Germany? One thing they have going for them is they are a young team. But if they want to be the best they are going to have to learn to respect their own potential.

ARGENTINA WORLD CUP SOCCER

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Argentina Group B - 2010 FIFA World Cup

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Lionel Messi of Argentina Ellis Park Stadium on June 12, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (June 11, 2010 - Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images Europe) Gabriel Heinze of Argentina celebrates with teammates Lionel Messi (L) and Martin Demichelis (R) after he scores the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Argentina and Nigeria at Ellis Park Stadium on June 12Diego Maradona head coach of Argentina Gabriel Heinze of Argentina celebrates with teammates after he scores the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Argentina and Nigeria at Ellis Park Stadium on June 12, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (June
Lionel Messi of Argentina Ellis Park Stadium on June 12, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (June 11, 2010 - Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images Europe)
Lionel Messi of Argentina Ellis Park Stadium on June 12, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (June 11, 2010 - Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images Europe)
Gabriel Heinze of Argentina celebrates with teammates Lionel Messi (L) and Martin Demichelis (R) after he scores the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Argentina and Nigeria at Ellis Park Stadium on June 12
Gabriel Heinze of Argentina celebrates with teammates Lionel Messi (L) and Martin Demichelis (R) after he scores the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Argentina and Nigeria at Ellis Park Stadium on June 12
Diego Maradona head coach of Argentina
Diego Maradona head coach of Argentina
Gabriel Heinze of Argentina celebrates with teammates after he scores the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Argentina and Nigeria at Ellis Park Stadium on June 12, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (June
Gabriel Heinze of Argentina celebrates with teammates after he scores the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group B match between Argentina and Nigeria at Ellis Park Stadium on June 12, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (June

ARGENTINA

2010 FIFA WORLD CUP

Team Profile 2010


Nickname: La Albiceleste (White and Sky blue)

FIFA World Ranking as of March 31st 2010: 9th.

Group: B; Nigeria, South Korea, Greece.

Coach: El DiegoDiego Maradona

Key Players: Lionel Messi, Kun Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain, Diego Milito and Carlitos Tevez

World Cup History:

Argentina have reached four FIFA World Cup Finals in all. They beat Netherlands in 1978 and Germany in 1986 but lost to Uruguay in 1930 and to the Germans in 1990.
- La Albiceleste will be appearing in the FIFA World Cup for the 20th time at South Africa 2010, their tenth consecutive appearance.
- Set to make his first appearance as a coach, Diego Maradona played in four successive finals competitions between 1982 and 1994.


Argentina head coach Diego Maradona, right, may have been more entertaining than Joachim Loew, left, his German opposite number. But it was the German team's unified, low-key approach that won the day in Cape Town. Photo -Martin Meissner/AP
Argentina head coach Diego Maradona, right, may have been more entertaining than Joachim Loew, left, his German opposite number. But it was the German team's unified, low-key approach that won the day in Cape Town. Photo -Martin Meissner/AP

Argentina will not advance to the Semi Finals

Diego Maradona, the coach of Argentina was quoted after Argentina lost the quarter final game to Germany in Cape Town, SA. "Today, close to the 50 years old I will be on October 30, this is the hardest thing I've experienced,"

Star Argentina forward Lionel Messi was ineffective and failed to drive his team to victory, while he also ended the World Cup without having scored a goal.

PARAGUAY WORLD CUP SOCCER

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Paraguay World Cup 2010

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GERARDO MARTINO is one of three Argentine coaches at the 2010 World Cup (AFP Photo)Goalkeeper Justo Villar says his Paraguay lineup has a game plan to stop European champion Spain in the FIFA 2010World Cup quarterfinals: "Don't give them any space." (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)Rogue Santa Cruz Paraguay 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP South Africa (AFP Photo)Simon Elliott of New Zealand argues with Cristian Riveros of Paraguay during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Paraguay and New Zealand at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa. (June 23, 2010 - Pho Cristian Riveros of Paraguay runs with the ball during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Paraguay and New Zealand at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa. (June 23, 2010 - Photo by Cameron Spencer
GERARDO MARTINO is one of three Argentine coaches at the 2010 World Cup (AFP Photo)
GERARDO MARTINO is one of three Argentine coaches at the 2010 World Cup (AFP Photo)
Goalkeeper Justo Villar says his Paraguay lineup has a game plan to stop European champion Spain in the FIFA 2010World Cup quarterfinals: "Don't give them any space." (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Goalkeeper Justo Villar says his Paraguay lineup has a game plan to stop European champion Spain in the FIFA 2010World Cup quarterfinals: "Don't give them any space." (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Rogue Santa Cruz Paraguay 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP South Africa (AFP Photo)
Rogue Santa Cruz Paraguay 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP South Africa (AFP Photo)
Simon Elliott of New Zealand argues with Cristian Riveros of Paraguay during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Paraguay and New Zealand at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa. (June 23, 2010 - Pho
Simon Elliott of New Zealand argues with Cristian Riveros of Paraguay during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Paraguay and New Zealand at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa. (June 23, 2010 - Pho
 Cristian Riveros of Paraguay runs with the ball during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Paraguay and New Zealand at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa. (June 23, 2010 - Photo by Cameron Spencer
Cristian Riveros of Paraguay runs with the ball during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Paraguay and New Zealand at Peter Mokaba Stadium on June 24, 2010 in Polokwane, South Africa. (June 23, 2010 - Photo by Cameron Spencer

PARAGUAY

2010 FIFA WORLD CUP

Team Profile 2010

Official Name: Asociación Paraguaya de Fútbol

Nickname: La Albirroja, (white and red), Guaraníes,

Head Coach: Gerardo Martino

FIFA Confederation: CONMEBOL (South America)

FIFA ranking 31

Group: D - Italy, Slovakia, and New Zealand.

Paraguay Players to Watch: Roque Santa Cruz, José Saturnino Cardozo, Captain - Denis Caniza, Carlos Gamarra

World Cup History

  • Appearances - 7 - First time in 1930
  • Best results - 2010 Quarterfinals
  • La Albirroja have never won two games at the same finals and have yet to progress beyond the second round. In those eight appearances, they have won six matches, drawn seven and lost nine. In Germany in 2006, they came in third in a group with England, Sweden and Trinidad and Tobago.

Tweet some for #worldcup Paraguay - #par Paraguay


Paraguay eliminated loses to Spain in FIFA Quarter Final Match

Justo V of Paraguay saves the penatly goal by Xabi Alonso of Spain during the 2010 FIFA World Cup  quarter final match in Johanesburg. Photo - Getty Images
Justo V of Paraguay saves the penatly goal by Xabi Alonso of Spain during the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter final match in Johanesburg. Photo - Getty Images

World Cup Soccer Quarter Finals 2010

FIFA World Cup Quarter Final Results

The Netherlands came from behind to break Brazilian hearts and take a huge step towards a third FIFA World Cup final appearance. Wesley Sneijder's header secured a 2-1 quarter-final win in Port Elizabeth.
The Netherlands came from behind to break Brazilian hearts and take a huge step towards a third FIFA World Cup final appearance. Wesley Sneijder's header secured a 2-1 quarter-final win in Port Elizabeth.
Uruguay victorious over Ghana in the quarterfinal "Penalty Shootout" at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Uruguay victorious over Ghana in the quarterfinal "Penalty Shootout" at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Germany blows out Argentina 4-0 to advance to semifinals of World Cup.
Germany blows out Argentina 4-0 to advance to semifinals of World Cup.
Spain's irresistible striker David Villa grabbed a late winner for Spain as they beat Paraguay 1-0 in their World Cup quarter-final match.
Spain's irresistible striker David Villa grabbed a late winner for Spain as they beat Paraguay 1-0 in their World Cup quarter-final match.

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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

Goooooooaaaaaaal!!!!!!! Great Hub, WG. You know how addicted I am to WC2010. Today's matches should be spectacular! What do you think, Brazil vs Argentina in the finals? :) Ciao.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Shari. Love that avatar. Where did you find my photo? :)

I'd like Brazil vs. Argentina in the finals. The winner?

One of them!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

~ Jai Warren ~ So are you going to explain the game to me? I too have liked watching it but half the time I haven't a clue as to what is going on. I am having a good time figuring out just who plays for who! Doesn't look like it is going to be Brazil :(

drbj - you know my avatar was taken many moons ago .. it was a year that Italy won the World Cup and I was dressed accordingly! As far as Brazil and Argentina. . not happening as the Netherlands just came from behind to break Brazilian hearts as Felipe Melo's own goal and Wesley Sneijder's header secured a 2-1 quarter-final win in Port Elizabeth. Looks like Holland is the team to beat!


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Greatlife 6 years ago

I am counting on Holland or Spain? They seem to be competitive teams lets see what the FIFA world cup 2010 holds in store for us. Currently just addicted to FIFA and Hubpages at the same time. Watching and hubbing lol. Rated this hub up.


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ronaldoh 6 years ago from England

Great hub and nice links.


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anglnwu 6 years ago

You scored with this one--so full of interesting details. A winning hub that's hard to beat! I'm rooting for Spain, since Brazil is out. I'll be watching the rest of the games in Singapore! Have a great summer!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

~ Greatlife - You called it! It is Holland and Spain facing off in the Finals. Hup Hollan Hup!!! Thanks for the visit:)

~ ronaldoh - thanks for the thumbs up! Who are you rooting for???

~ anglnwu - I hope you got to Singapore safe and sound! Summer has surely begun, here in NY we are having a heat wave! Hope your weather is more like the cool weather SD is having (my dad told me this morning they had the heat on in the car!!!)

xooxx

Have agreat trip .. pictures take lots of them!!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Shari great hub on the World Cup finals for 2010 - who will it be ? I don't know too much about soccer/football but it has always been about Brazil being the maestros - I guess things changed or was it a myth?


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Billy- I think Brazil came in as the favorite and from all that I read it is no myth that Brazil is the maestros of the game. . but then again what do I know .. I am just learning the game . .and I must say I am looking forward to the final between Holland and Spain . though I am torn as to I want to root for.. :) Stay tuned!!


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

Hi, though we don't even know each other but like Mickey Dee told me form day one..circle in our circle so was browsing and circling round this little world then stormed into you..love this hub and the pictures are fascinating but as the world cup is about to come to an end,mine ended the day Argentina was eliminated.Furthermore, this particular world cup proved yet that there is fraud everywhere...Uruguay versus Ghana!!!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Rossimobis - Like you I was rooting for Argentina! How can you not root for them with a player as hot as Lionel Messi! So glad you stopped by .. and thanks for the kind words :)


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wavechild 6 years ago from somewhere in the Pacific

The World Cup is over! Just like that. Kinda stopped watching after Brazil lost, though. Great hub.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

wavechild - I can understand why Brazil is your team. Any team that has Kaka on it is enough reason for me to watch. Thanks for stopping by and the nice comment:)


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JerryDavid 6 years ago from Alaska

wow, what a wonderful and extensive World Cup 2010 finals collection.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

JerryDavid - thanks for the Hublove here. This was the first world cup that I paid any attention to, so it was really a work in progress as the matches took place, thanks for stopping by and checking it out:)


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Wavegirl, I'm not much into soccer, but I do appreciate the effort you put into this hub and thank you for sharing. You really did an excellent job on the hub. :) I rated up and marked it awesome. ;) :)


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Cags - You know this was the first year I really watched the soccer matches. And I must say it was quite addicting! Thanks for the upward rating and the visit:)


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Ign Andy 6 years ago from Green Home Office

I agree with Cagsil, you did amazing job on this hubs, I'm a soccer fan since ..... 25 years ago, and I amazed with you hubs.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Ign Andy - I take that as a very high compliment! Thanks for that - especially because this was my first year really paying attention to the games. This hub was like a summary for me in following all the action of this incredible 'football' game ;)


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jerseys4kids.com 6 years ago from Vancouver / Bangkok

Damn , Looks like a lot of time and energy into this hub !

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