Posts Tagged ‘Netherlands’

World Cup Finals

July 12, 2010

Spain 1 – 0 Netherlands

World Cup Finals Stadium

World Cup Finals Stadium

The final was contested between Spain andthe Netherlands at Soccer city stadium in Johannesburg on July 11th with the Spanish being victorious.

Spain Victorious

Spain Victorious

The game went into extra time as no team could find a way through the defences as the game became very physical resulting in 11 yellow cards and one red card (after a second yellow). The goal came in the 116th minute with a beautiful strike by Andres Iniesta (who was also voted the man of the match).

Both teams often regarded as the best in the world had never lifted the coveted World Cup with the dutch coming the closest on two occasions in 1974 and 1978 loosing in the final both times.

Fifa.com match review
Spain return home to heroes welcome
Spain V Netherlands Images

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Netherlands 3 – 2 Uruguay

July 7, 2010

The Netherlands march on to the final which will be held in Johannesburg at the soccer city stadium on Sunday 11th July.

The Netherlands saw off a good Uruguay team who provided a good challenge to the Dutch side who will meet the winners of the second Semi Final to be played out between Germany and Spain in Durban.

News from around the web;

Full match review at Fifa.com
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249719/match=300061512/summary.html

Van Marwijk ‘so proud’ of Dutch;
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/world_cup_2010/8794957.stm

Dutch will become complacent;
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/jul/06/holland-uruguay-bert-van-marwijk

Screaming lord Dutch;
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/worldcup2010/3044180/Gio-van-Bronckhorst-is-Screamin-Lord-Dutch-as-Holland-beat-Uruguay.html

Cape Town Semi Final Uruguay V Netherlands

July 5, 2010

The Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has put together a plan of action to stop star Netherlands play maker Robben;

Robben & Van Persie

Robben & Van Persie

Sebastian Abreu the man who finnished off Ghana in the penalty shoot out, said: “Tabarez has been talking to us about Robben and how to stop a player like him. But it’s always different when you are on the field. So we know how to do it but whether the actual execution actually comes off is another thing.”

“Tabarez has asked us to concentrate fully, not just in the matches, but also in training,” added Abreu. “He is very satisfied with our work. Looking at the Dutch, we have watched a lot of videos on their team because we don’t know too much about them. The Netherlands and Uruguay play very similar football but they have very good potential in their attack, with very clever players like [Wesley] Sneijder and Robben.”

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Semi Final Match Ups

July 4, 2010

We are down to four teams – who can stop the German team from destroying all in their path? If Spain play like they did against Paraguay then Germany will easily make the finals at Soccer City.

Semi Final 1
Uruguay Uruguay Flag V Netherlands Flag Netherlands
Match 61 – Semi-finals – 06 July – 20:30 kick off (SA Time)
Cape Town – Green Point Stadium
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249719/match=300061512/index.html

Semi Final 2
Germany Germany Flag V Spanish Flag Spain
Match 62 – Semi-finals – 07 July – 20:30 Kick off (SA Time)
Durban – Durban Stadium
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/round=249719/match=300111114/index.html

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