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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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Spain were crowned champions of the world after Andres Iniesta's late winner. The extra-time goal came during a bad-tempered final that left the Netherlands furious with referee Howard Webb. Iniesta settled South Africa 2010 four minutes before the final whistle when he controlled Cesc Fabregas' pass and volleyed home. Bert van Marwijk led the remonstrations…
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Germany coach Joachim Loew deserves a medal for his efforts this summer, and now looks set to receive one. The 50-year-old guided his country to a third place finish after Saturday's victory against Uruguay in Port Elizabeth. German President Christian Wulff has announced that the players and their manager will all be honoured on their…
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With the end of the World Cup, fans of all nations were treated to another visual feast as SA2010 delivered a stunning finale. The closing ceremony bid farewell to supporters from all over the globe, and set the stage for what should be an equally entertaining encounter between the two greatest teams never to have…
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Fifa president Sepp Blatter has hit back at critics who are targeting what has been a largely controversial World Cup. On officials Blatter believes Fifa employ 'the best referees' in the game. One of the talking points has to be Frank Lampard's shot for England in the last 16 defeat to Germany which clearly crossed…
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Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas admits the European champions are "feeling anxious" ahead of the showpiece final. Athough Vicente del Bosque's side have surprised no one by reaching the World Cup final, the manner in which they have progressed through the competition has. An opening day defeat to Switzerland was followed by unconvincing displays against Honduras…
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Former South African president's grandson claims Nelson Mandela is under "extreme pressure" to attend the World Cup final. The iconic anti-apartheid leader's great granddaughter died in a car crash on the eve of the opening ceremony Mandela had originally planned to attend. There had been reports the 91-year-old was set to attend the final but…
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Germany coach Joachim Loew hails his side's "mental strength" after coming from behind to beat Uruguay on Saturday. The Germans brought a successful South Africa 2010 campaign to an end with a 3-2 victory over Oscar Tabarez's men to claim a place on the World Cup podium. And Loew believes his side more than matched…
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Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez believes his compatriots can be proud of the what they achieved in South Africa. Although his men finished off with a 3-2 defeat to Germany in the Third-Place play-off Tabarez is adamant the whole of Uruguay can rejoice at their accomplishments at the World Cup. La Celeste reached the semi-finals for…

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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…