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Youre going to hear a great number of pundits talk about this match-up between the Netherlands and Spain as a battle of equals, ancient rivals even if you concern yourself with European History, each of an equally storied footballing tradition but also one of abject failure on the world stage for either side, and the words tiqui-taca and Totalvoetbal will also more than likely come up. Examine those phrases closely and you see something else about this World Cup finals […]

Posted by LaLigaWeekly On Jul - 11 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

The final is set. Spain will face the Netherlands for the right to be crowned World Cup Champions for 2010 and join an illustrious set; a total of only eight countries to have ever participated and won the prestigious trophy. Rather than spring forward I thought it would be apt to look backwards and assess what has come so far. South Africa 2010 was predicted to be an abject failure. The stadia were not ready, the infrastructure that people were […]

Posted by LaLigaWeekly On Jul - 9 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

We’re now on the eve of the semi finals of the biggest sporting event on the planet. And while this years tournament might not go down as a classic there have been some major talking points at the 2010 World Cup. When will goal line technology finally be introduced? Did Suarez deserve more than a one match ban for his hand ball “heroics”? Will this finally be the year of the Dutch? Why are people surprised that England are rubbish? […]

Posted by Simon Heptinstall On Jul - 6 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Marca.comWorld Cup: Spain 1-0 Paraguay: Everyone united with La Roja: Spain Paraguay. All one life dreaming of a day like this. Millions of Spaniards threw themselves to the streets to celebrate an historic night. If you were 100 years old, 5 years or 50, you have never lived through anything similar. Spain are in the semifinals!!! A dramatic victory: St, Iker stopped a penalty, Xabi Alonso failed with another and Villa scored in the 82nd minute. Germany 4-0 Argentina: Germany […]

Posted by LaLigaWeekly On Jul - 4 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST

It must have been the same for the French at this stage in 1998. They had come close before, in the era of Just Fontaine in the 1950s, and twice in the 1980s with Michel Platini, but led by Zinedine Zidane, the group of disparate elements became at first World Champions and then two years later European Champions, throwing off their mantle as perennial underachievers, a mantle that has since been given to neighbors Spain. Spain are already European Champions. […]

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Posted by LaLigaWeekly On Jul - 4 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST