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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Netherlands 0-1 Spain + Best 11

The Line-Ups:

Netherlands: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 8-Nigel de Jong, 11-Arjen Robben; 9-Robin van Persie.

Spain: 1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol, 11-Joan Capdevila; 14-Xabi Alonso, 8-Xavi, 6-Andres Iniesta, 16-Sergio Busquets; 18-Pedro, 7-David Villa.

Netherlands Review - SWOT:

Strength – Do you even remember when was the last time you have seen Netherlands losing a match? They have one of the best midfield and offensive lines if not the best at the moment. Defeat is not a word featured on Dutch dictionary – Last time they lost a match dates from September 2008. Since then they won 19 matches and drew 4, scored 49 goals and conceded 9. From the last 10 matches, 9 were against World Cup seeded teams, they have only recorded wins. There are no words to define this squad and other than reaching the final would have been regarded as failure, so they made it against the odds. They have won all World Cup matches in South Africa.

Weaknesses – The loss of Van der Sar and not having found yet a goalkeeper of such status alongside with a weak and slow defense regardless the few goals they have conceded. The way they quickly find a very positive result favoring them just to let it slip through their “hands”. Meaning they fall asleep too easily after scoring one or more goals allowing opposition to thrive if they capitalize from chances.

Opportunities – In case their triumvirate steps up the game as they have done in the last World Cup matches as well in the rest of the whole season, they could reach the crown in a fashionable way. Pressuring high Spain and try to score first in order to almost surely determine the outcome of the match, because the Spaniards are awkward when coming from behind. They have scored in the last 10 consecutive matches.

Threats – If Netherlands underperform like they always do in top competitions just as it happens in an equally proportion with Spain, England and France. Orange has a lot of pressure on them because of the world class quality of players they possess. They have conceded in the last 4 consecutive matches.


Strength – Being the European Champions. They play like kids in the streets in early stages, passing on and on dominating in a powerful way before bringing the poison into their objective attack being unbeatable once they get ahead in the match. Having the most stunning stars in your team will give you the edge to shine and place you in the favorite candidates to win the World Cup. In the last 54 matches they have played since 2007, they won 50, lost and drew 2; scored 120 goals and conceded 26 goals.

Weaknesses – If Netherlands win the ball ahead by pressuring high on the field so that you could launch a strong counter attack and get ahead in the match will bring hard times to Spain. They know how to win but know not how to lose. They get too nervous when they take longer to score an opening goal so much that they start to open spaces and making defensive forced errors that in this World Cup have not been capitalized by Portugal, Paraguay, Chile nor Germany . Due to the fact of they are not that strong in terms of body building they fear opponents that play more under a physical approach, but in Netherlands we can only see that through Van Bommel & De Jong.

Opportunities – Playing at a high-tempo as they do will destroy the chances of Netherlands to defeat them in any strategic move. Their high rate of possession also comes through short pass like if they were slowly building a puzzle and getting all the pieces before delivering the final masterpiece (goal).

Threats – They are their worst enemy. When they play anxiously they tend to lose focus, especially when coming from behind in terms of result.

From the last 4 matches they played against each-other Netherlands has been undefeated and won 3 times and drew once. Overall stats see Netherlands winning 4 matches while Spain has won 3 times and they drew once.

Paul the Octopus has unveiled Spain as the winners of this World Cup at South Africa. Will he be 100% precise after having all the other results right?

Vuvuzelas, Jabulani, Octopus, Shakira, Knaan, Referees, altitude, winter, rain, marketing schemes, security, empty seats…So many different things that will be made as souvenir of this World Cup, but surely not by the overall football played on the field.

The FIFA’s shortlist as to who can win the Golden Ball (Best Player) of this World Cup as the following players:

Forlan (Uruguay); Asamoah Gyan (Ghana); Xavi (Spain); Iniesta (Spain); Messi (Argentina); Ozil (Germany); Robben (Netherlands); Schweinsteiger (Germany); Sneijder (Netherlands) and Villa (Spain).

The fight is on for the Golden Boot (Top Scorer) between midfielder Sneijder from Netherlands that is hoping to move to Manchester United this upcoming season and Villa that has recently moved to Barcelona.

Who will make the most of it - Robben over Capdevilla or Iniesta over van Bronckhorst ? Surely the match is to be decided on slight differences coming from these challenges. Kuyt will be playing surely the game of his life because for once he will have to be tactically flawless to perform a box-to-box approach on his way of playing – He will have to stop Sergios Ramos from going forward and in the other end he will have to supply the Dutch attack. Xavi is the player that has most passes in a match, ratio 1 per minute, will try to define Spain’s tempo and whether if they will try to go on the centre or more wide even though Spain do lack width. If Spain took the right notes from Netherlands-Brazil then they will try to attack through the centre because that is where should rely the Achilles heel of the Dutch. Xabi Alonso will make restless efforts to cancel Sneijder’s long shot and his perfect breakthrough passes that could easily open the Spain’s defense.

The 60th minute mark is approaching and that’s when Spain has scored their goals. Navas, Torres and Fabregas have the chance to be brought in to change the outcome of the match to see Spain to open more wide and try to bring a second yellow card on van Bronckhorst.

Many, many chances in this match, but surely not like the one that Robben had Saint Iker to save brilliantly to say the least. As we stated on the SWOT report about both teams, if one cannot get the goal after being supplied by forced mistakes than they will be more likely to lose the match.

10 minutes later and Villa just did not want to score. He wasn’t selfish towards Robben, so they close the top 3 misses of the tournament alongside Yakubu. Just less than three yards away and the ball got deflected to corner. Now it is Kuyt going out to give way to Elia which is a very quick and tricky winger that might disturb Sergio Ramos from going forward because since Navas got it Spain forced their way more often through the right side.

And Robben misses it again as similar as he had missed a couple of minutes ago…

And moment of individual magic needs to happen right here, right now because the teams have entered the extra-time increasing their approach about not to lose rather much then try to win.

Heitinga is sent off by the 111th minute and everyone was expecting this to happen on one side or the other once the game has been much more physical and tactical rather more than entertaining. Perhaps this should have been swapped with the match for the 3rd place that was one of the best if not the best of the competition. Not the way that anyone would like this to happen, but still this has been the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.

Five minutes to go and Fabregas make the killer pass to Iniesta that K.O. Netherlands. No chance for Stekelenburg. There are already tears crawling down the face of Casillas meanwhile the Royal Family is making the party in the VIP stands.

None nation had won the World Cup after losing their opening match and Spain has done it as well as other records were broken such as host team not going through the group stage or a European team winning outside European soil.

And the next big thing in the world of football is the betting sites and pundits that will go to try and buy a multi-million octopus that predicts 100% accurate…

After Germany and France, it is Spain that wins the European Championships and the World Cup in a row.


Thomas Muller has been awarded Best Young Player of the Tournament after Podolski have made it in 2006.

After this final - Who will be disagreeing that Forlan should be the one winning the Golden Ball (Best Player) Award?

The Golden Boot (Top Scorer) was awarded to Thomas Muller because of the more assists he had even though there were other three with 5 goals, Sneijder, Villa and best player of the World Cup Diego Forlan. The Golden Glove was undisputed taken by Iker Casillas.

The Best 11 of the World Cup 2010 held in South Africa were as designated by Nelson Motta:


Lahm, F. Coentrão, Boateng;

Iniesta, Ozil, Sneijder, Xavi, Robben;

Forlan & Villa.

Iniesta had in his shirt written – “Daniel Jarque siempre con nosotros” in a mention to the unforgettable Spanish player Daniel Jarque that died in training of a heart-attack at the age of 26. A memorable way to finish this World Cup for Spain…God Bless

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