Sunday, July 11, 2010

Spain wins: Octupi all over the word cheer!

As the Octopus predicted Spain won 1 - 0 over the Netherlands in an, at times, uninspiring final of the World Cup having scored eight goals in seven matches. At other times we saw the kind of fighting display that only the likes of Cantona and Zidane would normally treat us to.

We had the fan, obviously having overdosed on vuvuzela juice attempting to rush the "cup" itself.

Then we had the play itself which was, at times, hair raising. The British ref had his yellow card out so often he was considering not putting it away again. I counted 13 yellow cards and one red, although I might be off there. I wonder if this is a record for Cup final?

But though they marched into the valley of death the Spanish team triumphed, bruised and unbeaten, to much cheering from some and horror from others. Certainly my part of London was roaring when the final whistle blew.


It was good to see Mandela there to see the final, after much hoo and ha, and I hope he enjoyed the culmination of what has been seen as a successful hosting of the World Cup, although we've seen it has not been without it's problems.

Andrés Iniesta celebrated his 116th minute winning goal by tearing off his top revealing a T-shirt with the words "Dani Jarque siempre con nosotros", which apparently translates as "Dani Jarque is always with us" referring to the 26 year old team captain of RCD Espanyol who died of a heart attack while on the phone to his girlfriend.

Congratulations to Spain even if my prediction of an all Latin American final turned out to be monumentally wrong. Ha!

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