Spain has garnered its first World Cup Championship, defeating the Netherlands 1-0. La Furia Roja became the first team to lose its opening game and still go on to claim the cup. They victimized each of their last four opponents with late goals leading to 1-0 results.
South Africa 2010 will be remembered for many reasons. Here are a few of them:
Spain’s first World Cup Championship.
Germany’s surprising surge and the early exit for both Italy and France.
Donovan’s late goal to produce the U.S.A.’s first top place finish in World Cup group play.
The Dutch losing in the final … again.
The what ifs of Essien for Ghana and Ballack for Germany, two premier midfielders (both out with injuries) that could have pushed their teams even deeper into the tournament.
I enjoyed the tournament immensely and can’t wait for 2014.