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Andres Iniesta is delighted that he has been able to bring joy to the Spanish people. Iniesta, 26, settled Sunday's World Cup final with an extra-time strike against the Netherlands. And his goal sparked mass celebrations in Spain, with millions partying in Madrid and Barcelona. "It's hard to explain," he said when asked how his…
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Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is carrying a serious thigh injury. The 26-year-old striker came on as a substitute in Sunday's World Cup final against Holland, but pulled up as the end of extra-time approached. Torres returned to Spain following the triumph, along with the rest of Vicente Del Bosque's successful squad, and has now undergone…
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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was delighted with Fernando Torres' show of commitment in Spain's World Cup celebrations. The Spain striker has been the subject of intense speculation over his future throughout the summer with the threat of a £70million Chelsea swoop still at large. But Torres showed his allegiance after Sunday's glorious triumph in Johannesburg…
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says England blew their World Cup by relying too much on Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. While fans in England remain bitterly disappointed at Rooney's failure to reproduce his stunning Manchester United form in a Three Lions shirt, Wenger insists the best sides at the World Cup worked as a team.…
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Barcelona World Cup winner Andres Iniesta says he never lost faith he would be fit for South Africa. Iniesta, who scored the extra-time winner for Spain in the World Cup final against Holland on Sunday, struggled for long periods last season with a thigh problem and only reappeared for Barcelona right at the end of…
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South Africa 2010 winners Spain were greeted to a triumphant return amid wild victory celebrations in the Spanish capital on Monday night. Fabregas said: "This is for the Arsenal players, the Arsenal fans, the manager Arsene Wenger and all the staff. I am really proud being an Arsenal player. It is for them. They deserve…
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The record number of yellow cards in Sunday's World Cup final was not the fault of the Netherlands - but Fifa. The claim has come from Oranje midfielder Nigel de Jong. He was lucky not to be sent off against Spain for a chest-high lunge at Xabi Alonso. It was typical of the Netherlands' first-half…
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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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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…