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Iker Casillas of Spain kisses the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Iker Casillas of Spain kisses the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

David Villa holds the World Cup trophy after Spain's 1-0 win over Holland in Johannesburg

David Villa holds the World Cup trophy after Spain's 1-0 win over Holland in Johannesburg

Iker Casillas, captain of Spain (C), celebrate with his team mates after they won the World Cup in a 1-0 victory over Holland at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg

Iker Casillas, captain of Spain (C), celebrate with his team mates after they won the World Cup in a 1-0 victory over Holland at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg

Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spaniards celebrate in Madrid while watching on an outdoor tv screen Spain play The Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup Final on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

Spaniards celebrate in Madrid while watching on an outdoor tv screen Spain play The Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup Final on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

Fernando Torres of Spain lifts the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Fernando Torres of Spain lifts the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Iker Casillas, captain of Spain (C), and the Spain team celebrate victory with the World Cup trophy  during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Iker Casillas, captain of Spain (C), and the Spain team celebrate victory with the World Cup trophy during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds up the World Cup trophy as he and other team members celebrate, as South African President Jacob Zuma, front right, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter, second from right in front, look on

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds up the World Cup trophy as he and other team members celebrate, as South African President Jacob Zuma, front right, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter, second from right in front, look on

Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Spanish team pose for photographers with the World Cup trophy following the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Spanish team pose for photographers with the World Cup trophy following the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Spain team and staff celebrate victory with the World Cup trophy following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Spain team and staff celebrate victory with the World Cup trophy following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sergio Ramos of Spain celebrates winning the World Cup during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sergio Ramos of Spain celebrates winning the World Cup during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Spain team celebrate winning the World Cup during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Spain team celebrate winning the World Cup during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sergio Ramos of Spain celebrates winning the World Cup during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sergio Ramos of Spain celebrates winning the World Cup during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spaniards celebrate in Madrid while watching on an outdoor tv screen Spain play The Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup Final on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

Spaniards celebrate in Madrid while watching on an outdoor tv screen Spain play The Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup Final on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

Carles Puyol celebrates after Spain's World Cup final win over Holland

Carles Puyol celebrates after Spain's World Cup final win over Holland

Eljero Elia of the Netherlands shows his dejection at the final whistle after losing the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Eljero Elia of the Netherlands shows his dejection at the final whistle after losing the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Xavi Hernandez of Spain kisses the World Cup as he collects his medal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Xavi Hernandez of Spain kisses the World Cup as he collects his medal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

David Villa and Sergio Ramos of Spain lift the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010

David Villa and Sergio Ramos of Spain lift the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010

Spaniards celebrate in Madrid while watching on an outdoor tv screen Spain play The Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup Final on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

Spaniards celebrate in Madrid while watching on an outdoor tv screen Spain play The Netherlands in the FIFA World Cup Final on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

Sergio Ramos of Spain lifts the World Cup trophy amongst a melee of media and security following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sergio Ramos of Spain lifts the World Cup trophy amongst a melee of media and security following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sergio Ramos of Spain kisses the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sergio Ramos of Spain kisses the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain's Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring a goal during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain's Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring a goal during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Fireworks explode as the Spain team celebrate victory with the World Cup trophy following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Fireworks explode as the Spain team celebrate victory with the World Cup trophy following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Maarten Stekelenburg of the Netherlands looks dejected as Andres Iniesta of Spain scores the opening goal late into extra time during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Maarten Stekelenburg of the Netherlands looks dejected as Andres Iniesta of Spain scores the opening goal late into extra time during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spanish fans celebrate the goal as they watch in Barcelona's Plaza Espana a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer final between Spain and the Netherlands, which is being played in South Africa, on Sunday, July 11, 2010

Spanish fans celebrate the goal as they watch in Barcelona's Plaza Espana a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer final between Spain and the Netherlands, which is being played in South Africa, on Sunday, July 11, 2010

Spanish fans celebrate Spain's Andres Iniesta's goal as they watch a live broadcast at Recoletos' boulevard of the  World Cup soccer final against the Netherlands, which is being played in South Africa, in Madrid on Sunday, July 11, 2010

Spanish fans celebrate Spain's Andres Iniesta's goal as they watch a live broadcast at Recoletos' boulevard of the World Cup soccer final against the Netherlands, which is being played in South Africa, in Madrid on Sunday, July 11, 2010

Spanish fans celebrate the goal as they watch in Barcelona's Plaza Espana a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer final between Spain and the Netherlands, which is being played in South Africa, on Sunday, July 11, 2010

Spanish fans celebrate the goal as they watch in Barcelona's Plaza Espana a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer final between Spain and the Netherlands, which is being played in South Africa, on Sunday, July 11, 2010

San Fermin revelers at Pamplona's Plaza del Castillo watch a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer final, which is being played in South Africa, after Spain's defeated the Netherlands 1-0 on Sunday, July 11, 2010

San Fermin revelers at Pamplona's Plaza del Castillo watch a live broadcast of the World Cup soccer final, which is being played in South Africa, after Spain's defeated the Netherlands 1-0 on Sunday, July 11, 2010

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, back to camera, hugs Sergio Busquets  after the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, back to camera, hugs Sergio Busquets after the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Andres Iniesta of Spain scores the winning goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Andres Iniesta of Spain scores the winning goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Andres Iniesta of Spain scores the winning goal past Maarten Stekelenburg of the Netherlands during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Andres Iniesta of Spain scores the winning goal past Maarten Stekelenburg of the Netherlands during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain's Andres Iniesta, right, scores a goal past Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, left, during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain's Andres Iniesta, right, scores a goal past Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, left, during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain's Andres Iniesta, left, scores a goal past Netherlands' Rafael van der Vaart during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain's Andres Iniesta, left, scores a goal past Netherlands' Rafael van der Vaart during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Andres Iniesta of Spain celebrates scoring the opening goal late into extra time during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Andres Iniesta of Spain celebrates scoring the opening goal late into extra time during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Andres Iniesta of Spain celebrates scoring the winning goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Andres Iniesta of Spain celebrates scoring the winning goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Netherlands' Joris Mathijsen, left, holds the ball as he argues with referee Howard Webb after Spain's Andres Iniesta scored during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Netherlands' Joris Mathijsen, left, holds the ball as he argues with referee Howard Webb after Spain's Andres Iniesta scored during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Referee Howard Webb of England, right, shows the red card to Netherlands' John Heitinga, left, during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Referee Howard Webb of England, right, shows the red card to Netherlands' John Heitinga, left, during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Arjen Robben of the Netherlands chases Referee Howard Webb during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Arjen Robben of the Netherlands chases Referee Howard Webb during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

David Villa of Spain misses a goal scoring chance as goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg of the Netherlands dives and John Heitinga and Gregory Van Der Wiel attempt to block during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

David Villa of Spain misses a goal scoring chance as goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg of the Netherlands dives and John Heitinga and Gregory Van Der Wiel attempt to block during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder, standing right, helps his teammate Nigel de Jong, left, stretch as Spain's Xavi Hernandez reacts during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg

Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder, standing right, helps his teammate Nigel de Jong, left, stretch as Spain's Xavi Hernandez reacts during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, left, makes a save above Netherlands' Robin van Persie, right, and Spain's Carles Puyol, bottom, during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, left, makes a save above Netherlands' Robin van Persie, right, and Spain's Carles Puyol, bottom, during the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, right, warms up as his girlfriend, Spanish television broadcast journalist Sara Carbonero, foreground left, works from the sidelines before the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, right, warms up as his girlfriend, Spanish television broadcast journalist Sara Carbonero, foreground left, works from the sidelines before the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Girlfriend of Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands, Yolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen, attends the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Girlfriend of Wesley Sneijder of the Netherlands, Yolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen, attends the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sylvie Van der Vaart, wife of Rafael Van der Vaart of the Netherlands enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sylvie Van der Vaart, wife of Rafael Van der Vaart of the Netherlands enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sylvie Van der Vaart, wife of Rafael Van der Vaart of the Netherlands enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sylvie Van der Vaart, wife of Rafael Van der Vaart of the Netherlands enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sylvie Van der Vaart (C), wife of Rafael Van der Vaart of the Netherlands enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Sylvie Van der Vaart (C), wife of Rafael Van der Vaart of the Netherlands enjoys the atmosphere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

A Spain fan enjoys the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

A Spain fan enjoys the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Football fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Football fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Netherlands fans enjoy the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Netherlands fans enjoy the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Netherlands fans enjoy the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Netherlands fans enjoy the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Girlfriend of Iker Casillas of Spain, Sara Carbonero, attends the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Girlfriend of Iker Casillas of Spain, Sara Carbonero, attends the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Supporters of the Spanish team attend a public viewing of the World Cup final football match between Spain and Netherlands at Paseo Recoletos on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

Supporters of the Spanish team attend a public viewing of the World Cup final football match between Spain and Netherlands at Paseo Recoletos on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

A Spain fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

A Netherlands fan enjoys the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

A Netherlands fan enjoys the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Netherlands fans enjoy the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Netherlands fans enjoy the atmopshere ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

A Netherlands fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

A Netherlands fan enjoys the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Colombian pop star Shakira, center stage, performs during the closing ceremony ahead of the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Colombian pop star Shakira, center stage, performs during the closing ceremony ahead of the World Cup final soccer match between the Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa

Supporters of the Spanish team attend a public viewing of the World Cup final football match between Spain and Netherlands at Paseo Recoletos on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

Supporters of the Spanish team attend a public viewing of the World Cup final football match between Spain and Netherlands at Paseo Recoletos on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

Soccer fans gather in Amsterdam's red light district, Netherlands, Sunday, July 11, 2010, ahead of the World Cup soccer final match between Netherlands and Spain

Soccer fans gather in Amsterdam's red light district, Netherlands, Sunday, July 11, 2010, ahead of the World Cup soccer final match between Netherlands and Spain

Netherlands fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Netherlands fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Supporters of the Spanish team attend a public viewing of the World Cup final football match between Spain and Netherlands at Plaza Colon on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

Supporters of the Spanish team attend a public viewing of the World Cup final football match between Spain and Netherlands at Plaza Colon on July 11, 2010 in Madrid, Spain

Iker Casillas of Spain kisses the World Cup trophy as the Spain team celebrate victory following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa

Spain's triumphant footballers will return to Barajas Airport in Madrid today at 1pm with thousands expected to greet them.

After a month in South Africa, Vicente del Bosque's team had won the hearts of the whole nation even before they lifted the World Cup for the first time in the country's history.





An open-top parade will later take the players through the streets of Madrid beginning at 7pm at the capital's political centre Moncloa and finishing at Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium along the banks of the city's bone dry river La Manzanares.



"The dressing room is delighted, ecstatic," said Del Bosque last night. "It was difficult to speak on the phone it was so loud in there. But Spain, the country, deserves this triumph, this World Cup. This goes beyond sport. We have to celebrate. All the people have been behind us in Spain, and we're delighted to reward them with this victory."



Most supporters will not have slept for 48 hours when the players show off the World Cup. Parties went through the night after television images showed player after player unable to hold back tears.



Goalscorer Andres Iniesta dedicated the victory to his great friend Dani Jarque, the Espanyol defender who died of a heart attack at the start of last season, aged 26. He then broke down in tears and could not continue the interview. After scoring, the Barcelona player lifted his shirt to reveal a message to the former Spain Under-21 star.



Goalkeeper Iker Casillas was also in tears when interviewed by Sara Carbonero – a television journalist who is also the Real Madrid player's girlfriend. After the tears came the kiss as he planted a smacker on the interviewer's lips in front of a live TV audience.



The mood had not been as cheerful earlier in the night. Spanish fans came out in their hundreds of thousands to cheer La Roja but spent most of the game screaming for English referee Howard Webb to show the red card as Holland did their best to kick Spain out of the World Cup final.



In the build-up to the game, the Spanish had worried over the election of Premier League official Webb and his tendency to let the game flow. "Let's hope he stops Mark van Bommel from kicking more rivals per minute than any other player in the tournament," said former Spanish referee Rafa Guerrero before the game.



And there were heartbeats missed throughout hysterical Spanish commentary boxes when Webb was spotted deep in conversation with Van Bommel during the warm-up. Only when he then took Xabi Alonso aside were the nerves eased – fair treatment for both sets of players.



But as soon as the game started, fair play was forgotten as far as Spanish fans were concerned. Van Bommel and Nigel de Jong soon earned yellow cards for challenges that would have been straight reds in Spain's domestic league. And with the card-count standing at 11 fouls for the Netherlands and five for Spain just before half-time, supporters from Seville to San Sebastian were enraged.



Once again Webb was blamed for not reducing the Dutch to 10 men when Wesley Sneijder appeared to go in studs-up on Sergio Busquets. "Don't just talk to him, book him," said Jose Antonio Camacho, commentating for Spanish television. The former Spain international and national manager was furious that Webb had lectured instead of booked Sneijder after his late kick on the Barcelona midfielder.



Webb's display was causing almost as much stress as Arjen Robben, who was giving the 200,000 watching fans crammed into Madrid's Paseo de la Castellana palpitations every time he broke down the Dutch right. "The dirty Oranje are stopping us by kicking us", was the headline on newspaper Marca's website above the image of De Jong's kung-fu kick into the chest of Alonso. But those headlines were replaced on full-time by the simple message: "Campeones Campeones."

Source: Independent

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