It was World Novelty. Novelty because for the first time played in Africa, in South Africa which was the nineteenth edition of the World Cup. but novelty, especially, because for the first time, Spain was proclaimed world champion. After generations, the dream came true and the Red dominated the world with a touch preciosista game where possession and a huge amount of talent midfielders commanded a unique selection.
South Africa 2010 It started with doubts. They were many who distrusted the seat and whether the works at the stadiums would be ready for such an event. And the truth, it is late, but it was fulfilled. Soccer City was the big star, with 94.000 viewers, The stadium tournament being chosen for the opening match and the final, but nine precincts left the South African flag high up.
As usual participated 32 teams divided into eight countries. Hardly renowned absences beyond Sweden or the Czech Republic, the tournament left and from the group stage are pumps. The first, the early elimination of France, which it was felled in group A after failing to win a match and score a single goal in a rarefied atmosphere in the dressing room that ended with players, faced the press and Doménech.
France was the big disappointment of a first round that also left the pauper role of Italy (eliminated without winning a game against rivals such as Slovakia, Paraguay and New Zealand), Spain suffered classification (who lost the first match against Switzerland) and the elimination of Ivory Coast, a favorite that never took advantage of the advantage of playing on their continent.
The second round witnessed some of the most exciting championship games. Spain got off to Portugal with a solitary goal from Villa. Argentina eliminated 2-1 Mexico and the star shock, Germany thrashed 4-1 England with a new controversy ghost goal this time hurt the British currency giving back what happened in 1966.
Of course, if the second round were entertained, the rooms were unfit for heart. to get started, Uruguay left in the account in extremis Ghana on penalties after an extension of infarct where African missed a penalty caused by the save Luis Suarez. Germany took very loose form (4-0) Argentina led to the bench by Diego Armando Maradona and the pitch by Leo Messi, two of the big losers of the great Teuton game.
Spain, again by the minimum he beats Paraguay with another goal from Villa and a maximum penalty stopped by Casillas. The big surprise was Holland, which it eliminated the favorite, Brazil by 1-2 leaving exposed the difficulties in creating game the South Americans punished for a clear error of goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
Four European teams played some intense semifinals. Spain slipped for the first time ever in the final with a majestic cabebazo Puyol surprised the Germans. Holland left behind by Uruguay 3-2 setting an unprecedented finish in a unique setting.
The 11 July reach the final. Netherlands and Spain seeking their first crown and nerves swept both sets had to resort to the extension. In her, with three minutes remaining, Andres Iniesta take advantage of a pass from Cesc Fabregas to score a goal that won a World Cup and put Spain up to the great and sentenced to a new runner-up Netherlands, the third in its history.