What started on 11th June 2010 with lots of promises and excitement on offer, finally ended on 11th July with Spain deservedly becoming the Fifa 2010 World Cup Champions.
Amidst the buzzing sounds of the Vuvuzela, 32 Teams came to South Africa with dreams of becoming the next world Champions. As the matches were being held in the African sub-continent for the first time, expectations were on the rise of an African team doing well in the football world cup. Although none of the African teams were able to achieve much, Ghana did make its mark quite strongly and memories of players like Asamoyah Gyan and Kevin Prince Boateng will remain in viewers memory for long.
Germany quite clearly was the team which impressed and equally surprised a lot of people. Their free-flowing football and amazing speed while counterattacking took the best teams by surprise. The way Germany dominated their games against England and Argentina, it won them several admirers around the world. Germany was also probably the only team which came through some tough teams as Netherlands, Uruguay and Spain had somewhat simpler ride to reach the semi-finals. Germany was finally beaten by Spain in the semi-finals, but that takes nothing away from the great football the team showed in the tournament. Germany has a good future in the coming years with players like Muller, Oezil, Khedira and Schweinsteiger being in their early 20s and prooving to the world that they have what it takes to be the best in the world.
Netherlands also showed some amazing skills on the field. With Robben doing what he is best at and Sneijder providing excellent support, Netherlands continued their two years unbeaten run till the finals of the World Cup. They defeated another favourite team Brazil, which looked lost in the World Cup without its star striker and play-maker Ronaldinho.
Long before the World Cup started, Spain was the favourite team to life the Cup. they won the Euro Cup in 2008 and had some really good talent in Fernando Torres, David Villa, Xavi, Xabi, Puyol, Ramos and more. They started on the wrong foot losing to Switzerland, but after that they improved their game and became stronger with each game.
The Fifa World Cup 2010 final match on 11th July 2010 between Spain and Netherlands wasn’t probably the best final match one would have wanted to see. The game saw 7 yellow cards being awarded to the Dutch and one second yellow card given to Heitinga, resulting in his getting a red card and leaving Netherlands with 10 people to defend the final 10 minutes of the game. Spain got 5 yellow cards as well, which just goes to show that the match was played with high intensity rather than on skills. With just 4 minutes remaining in the extra time and the match poised for a penalty shoot-out, Andreas Iniesta scored a great goal from a magnificent pass by Fernando Torres. Dutch heart was broken as they failed to win the cup in their third Finals. Spain was overjoyed on finally winning the cup in 13 appearances.
Fifa World Cup 2010 Awards
Diego Forlan (Uruguay) has been awarded the Golden Ball as he has been named the Best Player at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. adidas Silver Ball has been given to Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) and adidas Bronze Ball went to David Villa (Spain). adidas Golden Boot went to Thomas Muller (Germany) for his 5 goals and 3 assists. Iker Casillas (Spain)was chosen the best goalkeeper and was given the adidas Golden Glove. Spain also won the FIFA Fair Play Award.
Now that the world cup is over, we can all get back to our regular lives, but adjusting to a life without the Vuvuzelas and goals will not be that easy.
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