Pierre Boisrond has followed soccer and the World Cup
closely for many years and also writes for other websites. We at PWC are proud to have him as
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World Cup Final preview: Holland vs Spain
First, Let's Congratulate Germany in winning the 3rd place by beating Uruguay 3-2.
Today the two best teams in the World Cup will face each other for the ultimate big prize. Both teams do have a similar game, but I think the teams that manage the midfield better will end up being the World Cup winner. The Spaniards and the Dutch are extremely happy to see their respective country going for the worldís most coveted sporting prize. The Dutch have been there before in 1974 and 1978; they have lost both Finals against West Germany and Argentina respectively. However, this time, they know they have a great chance to bring some world cup joy to their people. They know this is a unique opportunity for them because they donít know if theyĎll have to wait for 32 years for another to find themselves in the final. Perhaps, if history is on their side, they might show up again in 2014 in Brazil. It is all Orange in Holland. I would be happy to be in Amsterdam or Madrid today to celebrate with the Dutch and the Spaniards. Will Sneijder and Robben drive the Dutch to the Promised Land. Soon, we will find out. I hope the Dutch donít pay any attention to Paul, the German Octopus which seems to give very good predictions on the game. Octopus or not, the Dutch are ready to take on the Spaniards.
On the other hand, Spain have never been in a World Cup final before. In 1982 when the tournament was held in Spain, The Italians have stolen the show with Paolo Rossi. However, this time Iniesta, Xavi, Xabi, Puyol and Casillas are ready to steal the show in South Africa. Spainís national team plays beautiful football such as the total football I would have expected from the Dutch. My only concern is that they canít seem to score much and I wonder if that might come back to bite the Spaniards. However, with Casillas protecting Spainís goal, this might never happen. It will be an exciting final tomorrow for two countries that have never won the World Cup. I know Fans in Holland and Spain were not able to sleep last night. Some of them wonít even eat much today because there will be lot of anxiety for them. I would have been glad to be in the same predicament with them. Tomorrow we should see great football with the same intensity that Uruguay and Germany have given to us last night. Congratulations to Germany , they have deserved the third place. They have played well and Uruguay did not disappoint as well.
But tonight is the final dance. Tonight, there will be a new King of Football. Tonight there will be Celebration in Spain or Holland; and if thereís no celebration, there will be sorrow; and it will be painful. However, I just hope the English Referee, Mr. Webb, kept it clean. I donít want to see another referee mistake in such a big game. I donít want to see another Eduardo Codesal who gave Germany a bogus penalty kick in the 1990 final. None of the teams asks for favor, their players will decide the game.
Will it be the night for Sneijder, Robben and Van Persie or will it be the night for Xabi, Xavi, Iniesta, and Villa? Or will it be Maarten Stekelenburg of Holland or Iker Casillas of Spain?
Somehow, I feel Holland will win this one. Somehow, I do feel it and I don't believe in Paul, the octopus. But again, my heart is divided because I canít seem to forget the Spanish Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of the talented conductor, Xavi. For that purpose, I will predict the game will be decided in penalty kicks.
This is what it is all aboutÖThis is what we have been waiting for. This is the greatest moment for fans of both countries. This is the World Cup Final, and the rendez-vous tonight will be at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. The moment is here! Yes the moment is here! Letís all enjoy it! Spain vs. Holland or Holland vs. Spain: The Game to watch this Sunday.
Prediction: Holland in PKs
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