WC 2010

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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas was ambushed by his Spain teammates pulling a Barcelona shirt over his shoulders last night. Grinning Arsenal skipper Fabregas wriggled with embarrassment - and out of the top - after the high jinks from his World Cup-winning team-mates. Fabregas has been strongly linked with a move to the Spanish champions. So…
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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina was over the moon after Spain’s World Cup triumph over Holland on Sunday. The 27-year old did not play any minutes in the tournament but was still a big part of the Spanish squad and was almost speechless during the aftermath of his nation’s biggest day in football. “It feels there…
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Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt admits he was ‘totally gutted’ following Holland’s loss to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final. Kuyt worked as tirelessly as ever as the Oranje attempted to break down the pinpoint passing of the Spanish but they came up short and he was clearly disappointed after the match. “It's so frustrating,…
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Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he was not pleased with the negativity on display in Sunday's World Cup final. Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 thanks to an Andres Iniesta extra-time winner, but the runners up have been criticised for a foul-strewn display which saw them reduced to 10 men. "The final was not exactly what…
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Vicente del Bosque and his all-conquering World Cup-winning squad have arrived back home in Madrid with the trophy. Huge crowds gathered at Barajas airport to see their triumphant stars return home as Spain captain Iker Casillas and coach Del Bosque were the first to emerge from the plane after landing. The squad are set to…
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Like so many sporting stars, Paul the Octopus has decided to bow out on a high. Or rather, his handlers have ruled that the psychic cephalopod should retire from predicting football matches. The eight-legged oracle correctly guessed the outcome of eight consecutive matches at the World Cup, seven involving Germany. One British bookmaker estimated Paul's…
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The Spanish press hailed La Furia Roja's World Cup victory as a uniting force for the country - and criticised the Netherlands. But the papers in the Netherlands put the blame for the Oranje's defeat not on the negative tactics of Bert van Marwijk's men, but at the door of referee Howard Webb. Match-winner Andres…
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Some of the facts and figures behind SA2010 - who would have thought New Zealand would be the only unbeaten team? * Spain's run to football's ultimate prize featured four consecutive 1-0 victories in the knockout stages, a new first. Stopper Iker Casillas did not concede a goal in more than six hours of football,…
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Former World Cup referee Graham Poll has leapt to the defence of under-fire Howard Webb after Sunday's final. The 38-year-old official dished out 14 yellow cards and one-red in a foul-strewn match in which the Netherlands adopted a cynical approach against eventual winners Spain. But the Netherlands' real complaint seemed to be that Webb missed…
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Uruguay's Forlan was awarded the Golden Ball at South Africa 2010. Forlan was delighted with his triumph, dedicating the win to the whole of Uruguay. "It's as great as it is unexpected," he said. "I never even imagined something like this, nor did I have my sights set on it. As I'm a striker, I…
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Thomas Mueller won the Golden Boot and the Best Young Player at South Africa 2010. Germany forward Mueller scored five times for Germany at SA2010, and was joint top scorer alongside Wesley Sneijder, Forlan and David Villa. But he won the prestigious prize because he had more assists than the other three. He follows in…
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William Hill believe punters gambling on Paul the Psychic Octopus' World Cup selections have won up to half a million pounds from the betting industry with their wagers. Hills spokesman Graham Sharpe said: "Paul's incredible eight winning selections have won any punter who bet £10 on each one of them almost £200 each, while punters…

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It was certainly party time down at Pride Park Stadium once the news came in that Wayne Rooney had decided to sign an 18-month deal with Derby. Rams owner Mel Morris would have been cock-a-hoop at the news as the 62-year-old is known for his penchant for bringing in members of England’s Golden Generation onto…