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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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Liverpool attacker Dirk Kuyt admits tomorrow's World Cup final with Holland is his one shot at trophy glory. For a fourth season in a row he finished up empty-handed. But one of his country's unsung heroes of South Africa is now on the ultimate high as he looks ahead to Sunday's World Cup final against…
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Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has made a plea to Spain coach Vicente del Bosque to play him from the start for tomorrow's World Cup final. The troubled striker paid the price for a miserable World Cup when he was axed for Wednesday's semi-final win over Germany. But on the eve of tomorrow's final the striker,…
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Former Barcelona coach Terry Venables believes Carles Puyol is Spain’s weak link ahead of tomorrow's World Cup final against Holland. Venables said: "There is no doubt skipper Carles Puyol is a brilliant defender. But at times the Barcelona star, 32, and his central defensive partner Gerard Pique do have a penchant for playing more football…
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Spain fans rejoice - suckered seer Paul the Octopus has predicted they will beat the Netherlands in the World Cup final. He has also backed Germany to beat Uruguay in the third-place play off. Oberhausen's eight-legged oracle has become perhaps the most unlikely star of SA2010. He has correctly foretold what will happen in every…
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World Cup finalists Spain led the way with three Fifa Golden Ball nominations on Friday. Golden Boot contender David Villa, as well as midfielders Xavi and Andres Iniesta, were among 10 players in contention for the prize given to the best player at the World Cup. Germany, with Mesut Oezil and Bastian Schweinsteiger, and the…
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The Netherlands introduced 'Total Football', but kick and rush will do for Arjen Robben if it lands the Oranje the World Cup. It rarely happens, but for once the Dutch are not going into a big match with a reputation as the better footballing team. Instead, European Champions Spain get that tag ahead of Sunday's…
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Spain have identified Wesley Sneijder as the Netherlands' main threat, but the Iberian's believe they can stop him. 26-year-old Sneijder is looking to cap his amazing treble-winning season with Inter Milan by winning the World Cup title when his side face Spain in Johannesburg. But midfielder Sergio Busquets, who took over the holding role from…
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Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso is wary of Spain going into the World Cup final against Holland as favourites. The former Liverpool man knows how cut-throat the tournament is and said he did not want to be like England and get an unfavourable result against the underdog. "England had a very tough game and the…
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Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina admits he's been in contact with Liverpool teammate Dirk Kuyt ahead of facing Holland in the World Cup final. Kuyt was first to make contact following Holland's victory over Uruguay in Cape Town on Tuesday. Twenty-four hours later it was Reina's turn to respond after Spain had booked their first appearance…