Wednesday, 7 July 2010


In 1998 when France beat Brazil in the Final they became the seventh nation to win the World Cup.

In 2010 the world is celebrating 80 years of World Cup history, and following victories for Holland and Spain in the semi-finals we are now guaranteed a new winner of the most coveted sporting prize in the world. The eighth winner of the FIFA World Cup will be confirmed in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Amazingly, the clash between Holland and Spain will be the first ever between the two countries in a major international tournament. Spain will be appearing in their first ever World Cup Final, and will be seeking to add the World Title to the European Championships they won so convincingly two years ago. For Holland it will be the first appearance in the World Cup Final for 36 years, and their third overall. It's tough for them to contemplate that they could finish runners-up yet again.

So the stage is set for the biggest and most important football match played anywhere in the world over a four-year period to take place in Johannesburg on Sunday. The destiny of the World Cup is Europe. The old guard has been pierced, and the world awaits the heralding of a new winner.

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