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English referee Howard Webb admits the World Cup final has left him 'physically and emotionally drained'. The Premier League ref handed out 14 yellow cards, two of which saw Netherlands defender Jonny Heitinga dismissed deep into extra-time, as he struggled to control the game. The Dutch heavily criticised the Englishman following the final whistle, accusing…
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Former England striker Alan Shearer believes Spain's mental strength was the key to their victory over the Netherlands. Lacking the overall quality of Spain, the Dutch team set out to defend through sheer aggression, earning a whopping nine yellow cards in the process, including two to Everton defender John Heitinga, who was dismissed. Opting to…
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Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has criticised Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong following a horror challenge that left Alonso with a broken rib. The aerial challenge by Holland’s de Jong came in the World Cup final on Sunday, which was won by Alonso’s Spain, and the former Liverpool man said it was one of the…
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Major League Soccer has been playing with a version of the World Cup’s ‘Jabulani’ ball since the beginning of the 2010 season but players are still not at ease with it. The adidas ball used at this year’s World Cup in South Africa attracted plenty of criticism from national team players and a similar version…
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Liverpool are hopeful the injury sustained by Fernando Torres in the World Cup final isn't as bad as first feared. The Reds' striker pulled up with what appeared to be a serious injury just seconds before the final whistle in Sunday night's game, sparking fears he could be set for a lengthy lay-off. But Dr…
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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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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…