In a period of extreme economic hardship, the people of Spain have not had much to be happy about for quite some time. Everyone knows that the sport of choice in Spain is soccer, and this year they brought home the ultimate victory. For the first time ever, Spain has claimed the FIFA World Cup. They are the only team ever to have lost their first game and go on to win the whole tournament.
It happened on the 11th of July, 2010. The stage was set against the Dutch, who had ousted the global favorites, Brazil. Many people thought that there was no way Spain could take the Germans to qualify for the finals, but an amazing header from Puyol sent them through. Having done in one European superpower, they tackled another. Football scores.
The Dutch national team has been to the finals three times, and in 2010 it was their first appearance in the finals in 34 years. It was all for naught as they lost 1-0 to the Spaniards.
The game was worthy of a World Cup final. Both teams were playing extremely well. It took 117 minutes of play for there to be a single goal. There were some close calls for both teams during the game, but in the end it came down to Andres Iniesta who sealed the deal for his team. Baseball scores.
There were moments when things looked grim for the Spanish team, some seriously close shots by the excellent Dutch either hit the goal posts, or were just barely deflected by the goalie. Basketball scores.
All of the Spanish players are either currently in their prime, or just coming in to it. This means a lot in a game that is highly competitive. A team with young and inexperienced players, like Germany, will have trouble vs. older more dominant professional soccer teams. Be sure and keep track of all the top FIFA action at www.scoresandodds.com, home of the best sports betting data on the net.