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Valencia defender Carlos Marchena feels Spain have one hand on the World Cup. Spain came to South Africa as one of the favourites, and despite not looking entirely convincing, have progressed steadily through to the final where they now come up against Holland. "I believe the history of football owes us this one," he said.…
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Liverpool icon Craig Johnston says England's World Cup elimination could be blamed on the Jabulani. The Aussie legend has slammed the World Cup ball. "Let me put it this way," he said. "If they weren't using the Jabulani, then there would have been no refereeing error over Frank Lampard's goal [for England against Germany]. Because…
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Liverpool attacker Dirk Kuyt says there were no concerns over burnout going into the World Cup. Kuyt was an ever-present during Holland's qualifying campaign, while domestically he played 53 games for Liverpool. So how has he managed to continue putting in all-action displays throughout the summer? According to the man himself, all he needed was…
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Xabi Alonso says winning the World Cup with Spain would top his Champions League triumph wit Liverpool in Istanbul. Real Madrid midfielder Alonso was at the heart of a comeback that saw the ­Merseysiders recover from three goals down at half-time to level at 3-3 before going on to win after a dramatic ­penalty shoot-out.…
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Liverpool stars Fernando Torres and Pepe Reina are on £500,000-a-man with Spain to win the World Cup tonight. Spain are on £500,000 a man to lift the World Cup – almost double what each Holland ­player will earn for ­lifting the trophy tonight. Captain Iker Casillas and vice-captains Xavi and Carles Puyol met Spanish FA…
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The World Cup final officials were close to tears when they found out they had been awarded the fixture, it has been revealed. Assistant referee Michael Mullarkey - who will run the lines with Darren Cann while Howard Webb takes control in the middle - cannot wait for Sunday's clash between Spain and the Netherlands.…
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World football will have a new number one on Sunday evening. Either Spain or the Netherlands will take top spot in the Fifa rankings after the World Cup final. If the Oranje win in normal or extra time, they will climb to number one for the first time in their history. Spain will improve on…
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A new name on the World Cup is assured on Sunday - and Spain's experience of Euro 2008 success could well prove decisive in Johannesburg. While the Netherlands have to go back to 1988 for their only major tournament triumph, also in the European Championship, La Furia Roja coach Vicente Del Bosque has been able…
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Bert van Marwijk is likely to play the XI that got the Netherlands to the last four of the World Cup in Sunday's final. Nigel de Jong and Gregory van der Wiel, who missed the semi-final against Uruguay due to suspension, are set to return against Spain. And van Marwijk was given a boost when…
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Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the organisation may have to 'start again' with their referee training programs in the wake of several high-profile errors by officials at SA2010. The 74-year-old Fifa boss said he'd been worried about the quality of refereeing heading into the World Cup finals, saying those concerns were then justified when he…
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Germany boss Joachim Loew has been given a boost ahead of his side's play-off match against Uruguay. The two sides fight for third place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, but the DFB already appear to have confirmed that they wish to retain Loew's services. News of the deal was announced on the eve of the…
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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says England will never be competitive at tournaments unless they cut the number of clubs in the Premier League. His comments come as Spain and Holland prepare for Sunday's World Cup Final in Johannesburg with both squads having had shorter seasons than the Three Lions. “In my opinion England have…

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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…