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1GOAL World Cup news - the final review
12 July 2010
So, after 31 days and 64 games South Africa 2010 is over and we have a new name on the World Cup – Spain!

Vicente del Bosque’s team followed up their 2008 European Championship victory with the biggest prize in football, beating Holland 1-0 after extra-time at Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium to be crowned World Cup winners for the first ever time.

Andres Iniesta’s brilliantly taken goal (below) in the 116th minute gave Spain the victory, leaving the Dutch players furious at referee Howard Webb for failing to award them a corner just moments beforehand.

Andres Iniesta

However, despite the controversy over the goal, Spain deserved their victory and they became only the eighth team to lift the trophy, following in the footsteps of Brazil, Germany, Uruguay, Argentina, Italy, France and England.

For Holland though it is the third time they have lost in a World Cup final and their fans must feel they are destined never to win the ultimate prize in football.

Bert van Marwijk’s side can be proud of their achievements though, with some excellent performances en route to the final including a shock victory over pre-tournament favourites Brazil in the quarter-finals.

There was more joy for Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas after the game when he was awarded the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper, having conceded just two goals in seven matches, while team-mate and 1GOAL Ambassador David Villa narrowly missed out on the Golden Boot award for top scorer.

That prize went to Germany’s Thomas Muller who scored the same amount of goals as Villa – five – but had more assists to his name. Muller was also named the best young player to cap a memorable first World Cup for the 20-year-old Bayern Munich forward.

Diego Forlan was named the winner of the Golden Ball for best player of the tournament, narrowly beating Wesley Sneijder to the accolade. The Uruguay striker scored five goals as his country finished in fourth place after losing Saturday's third-place play-off to Germany.

And so, the World Cup is over for another four years.

The first World Cup on African soil has been a resounding success and South Africa can be proud for hosting a tournament which had no major problems off the field but plenty of drama on it.

France and Italy’s failure to reach the knock-out stages, Slovakia's shock qualification to the last 16 and Uruguay’s suprise advance to the semi-finals all added to the excitement.

My favourite moment of South Africa 2010, however, was undoubtedly on June 11 when Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the opening goal of the tournament (below) with a sensational strike that had the hosts in vuvuzela heaven. It was the moment Africa had been waiting for.

Siphiwe Tshabalala - World Cup 2010: 10 potential Premier League buys

Sadly, we didn’t get an African winner, but Ghana’s impressive surge to the quarter-finals has given the continent hope that it will produce a World Cup winning team sooner rather than later. Bring on Brazil 2014!

Do you think the best team won the tournament? Did Diego Forlan deserve to be named player of the tournament? And what was your favourite moment of South Africa 2010? Let us know at http://www.facebook.com/1GOAL

Posted by Alex V - 1GOAL Football Blogger
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