Monday, July 12, 2010

Spain Rules the Football World

11 July will go down in as a landmark in the history of Spain, for on this day Spain became the World Champion of football for the first time in its recorded history. The World Cup 2010 came to a colourful end with the Spanish team lifting the trophy they have waited so eagerly and patiently. For the Dutch, it was a sad day. They had reached finals three times and could not make it even on this third time as well.

A famous daily De Telegraaf terms the Dutch loss as “Third trauma for Oranje,” recalling the losses against Germany in 1974 and Argentina in 1978 on the only two other occasions the Netherlands contested the FIFA World Cup Final. "The World Cup in South Africa will enter Dutch history as the third football trauma," the paper remarked. Another newspaper Algemeen Dagblad wrote, ”Spain's Andres Iniesta plunged the team and the Netherlands into deep mourning" with his extra-time goal.” Well the world will take the side the victorious and would belittle the vanquished. But playing the final of a tournament like the World Cup is an honour in itself and the Dutch should go home taking a pride in itself. They played well and their dream may come true one day in future – as it did for the Spain this time.

For South Africa, it was a great honour to host the cup and it did it with a great pride and enthusiasm. Everyone who was there applauded South Africa’s efforts to make this mega event a memorable tournament. The opening and closing ceremonies were a spectacular show and will be remembered for a long time.