Sunday, July 11, 2010


altNetherlands or Spain for the first time win the world championship in football. The decisive match of African World Cup will be held at 19.30 ( GMT+0 ) in Johannesburg.

Dutch double-starring in the World Cup finals, but each time losing to the hosts events - in 1974 with Germany 1:2, and four years later with Argentina 1-3 after extra time. In turn, the Spaniards, the existing champions of the continent, never played with such a great rate. In 1950 they took fourth place.

The World Cup has never competed with each other is not, but the overall result of the confrontation between the teams is tied - they won four matches and one match ended with an unresolved result. Their latest, a social encounter took place in Rotterdam in 2001. The Dutch won 1-0.

On the way to the final victory of the Dutch themselves have noted, moreover, as did the South African qualifying tournament. Their casual opponents championship started from an unexpected defeat to Switzerland 0:1, but in the knockout phase have not lost any game.

altWhile the offensive both teams excel very well (at the head of the classification of the most effective, with five hits, are Spaniard David Villa and Dutchman Wesley Sneijder), that the defensive players cope better in the Iberian Peninsula. In South Africa, Iker Casillas missed just two shots.

Yeah, well, not in defense of writing the "Orange", directed by 35-year-old Giovanni van Bronckhorst. Meeting with Spain will be his 106th in the national team and also the last. Probably the new captain of Oranje is two years younger, Mark van Bommel, a privately ... son-in-coach Bert van Marwijk.

What distinguishes this team from those of previous years? In 1998 may we played better, but I ended up in fourth place. Now, even if the Netherlands is not present in any of the meetings of the optimal form, it still wins or draws. But it is not lost - 112-fold, said the representative, Frank de Boer.


Van Marwijk admits that Spain can play a little more attractive football, but his team has its advantages. We are very disciplined tactically. Everyone knows that he must work for the good of the team. And Spaniards are not afraid, we do not have any secrets - he said a coach, which for example, Eusebius Smolarek worked for Feyenoord Rotterdam and Borussia Dortmund.

Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque puts most of the players, who two years ago, triumphed in the ME. In six games this year's World Cup produced a basic group of players, so do not expect great changes in the composition - promises. Probably on the bench Fernando Torres will start the match and instead an attack occurs in the first minute of Pedro Rodriguez.

Although all the fans are hoping to see great football spectacle, does not necessarily their expectations can be met.

I prefer that we presented an ugly, unattractive football and win than to have lost the beautiful game - said the assistant vice twofold world Arjen Robben.

altThis game may also determine the winner of classification best shooters. After five hits on the account are Spaniard David Villa and Dutchman Wesley Sneijder.

One thing is certain. For the first time in the history of World Cup played outside Europe to win the team from the Old Continent.

Johannesburg: The Netherlands - Spain (finals)

Sunday, July 11,19.30 ( GMT +0 )

projected configurations:

Netherlands: Maarten Stekelenburg - Gregory van der Wiel, John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Giovanni van Bronckhorst - Dirk Kuyt, Mark van Bommel, Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong, Arjen Robben - Robin van Persie.

Spain: Iker Casillas - Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Joan Capdevila - Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta - Pedro Rodriguez, David Villa.

Judge: Howard Webb (England).