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World Cup 2010, Spain-Netherlands Review: World Cup Buzz Podcast

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Spain has won their first world title, a 116th minute goal from Andres Iniesta giving the European Champions the 2010 World Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands. It was a match defined by missed opportunities and aggressive play, with the Dutch taking their newfound pragmatism to unexpected levels. Ultimately, a Spanish team which came to the fore of the footballing world early 2007 cemented their legacy by raising the world’s most most famous trophy on the pitch of Soccer City.

To talk about the final match of World Cup 2010, I was joined late Sunday by Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenns for this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.

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8 Responses to World Cup 2010, Spain-Netherlands Review: World Cup Buzz Podcast

  1. jc says:

    I think you guys have been a bit too anti-Dutch and much too pro-Spain throughout this whole tournament. You guys have been quick to criticize the Dutch style, but Spain didn’t exactly set the world on fire. Both won in less than stylish fashion, and the Spanish looked much better today. Beyond that, though, I don’t think there was too much difference.

    As for today, Holland played chippy, but I think it wouldn’t have seemed as bad if Webb didn’t go overboard with cards in the first few minutes. That said, De Jong deserved to go off, for sure, which is another knock against Webb, who I thought did an poor job overall. Officials don’t help the flow of a match by giving out early cards.

  2. Matthew Reed says:

    I have listened to every WC podcast, including the daily previews, thanks to all 3 of you for a great time. I really looked forward to updating my iPod and listening to it every morning while driving to work. Thank you.

    With that out of the way, I really think you were very kind to this match. I thought it was quite poor. Perhaps the Dutch are solely responsible for this but Spain did flop quite a bit and showed some chippy moments themselves.

    If someone had told me that The Dutch and Spanish would meet in the finals on June 10th, I would have thought it may be one of the best finals ever. I would have visions of a 3-2 high tempo game of TOTAL football dancing in my mind. Instead, we have seen an extension of the effective brand of football that Jose Mourinho deployed against Barca in the Champs League. Both teams played “waiting for a mistake” instead of seeking glory through their brilliance. Please don’t make too much of my reference, Jose did not invent this style but he has glamorized it the past few years and I do think it had some influence on the tactics used in this tournament.

    Football is a evolutionary game that rides trends, I sincerely hope that this negative brand of football does not become the trendy style. This was a good WC and as you know, even when it is bad, it’s good but the title game really was not a worthy showcase for the teams that did play some pleasing football.

  3. I liked the Dutch tactics today, as much as I like the way Spain play, I can’t stand it when teams just sit off them allow them to play like that. I find myself sreaming at the TV, ‘get in to them’, ‘close them down’. We saw the Germans sit off and it came as no suprise to me they got passed off the park and were on their way home.
    There is no doubt the Dutch over did it today, you can be aggresive and quick to close sides down without having to be dirty like they were but I thought they were right to be aggressive and try and stop the Spanish side passing them off the park.
    As for Kartik saying football is coming home in 2014, no, football will be coming home in 2018, just because you may like the way Brazil play and respect their history in the game(just as I do) there is only one home of football and that is England, (even if you don’t like the idea of it).

    Finally i would like to be able to say it has been a pleasure to listen to you, but I can’t so i’ll just say nothing.

  4. JC says:

    I posted my first comment before finishing the ‘cast and now that I’ve heard it all, I want to take umbrage with one more point. You praise Webb for giving out a bunch of early cards, thereby forcing the dutch to back off on their tactic. Yet you criticize the Dutch for playing this rough tactic throughout. I’m having a hard time understanding how both can be true.

    Overall, I’d be remiss not to say thanks to all three of you for these podcasts. I have looked forward to hearing each one, whether we agree or disagree on certain points. All of your efforts are much appreciated. Cheers!!

  5. LFC says:

    Because the Dutch took advantage of the fact that they knew Webb would not show a red card early on in the game.

  6. I have to say that the finality of the tournament didn’t really hit me till after I finished this last podcast. Thanks for the banter, I think Sepp would be proud of the conversations and disagreements in this virtual pub setting.
    My general thought is that there are 32 losers and 1 winner, and I know teams evolve and change to improve, but national teams should stick to their style. I guess that’s the crux of the criticism of the Dutch. Yes they got to a the final match, but was the team really an improvement?

  7. Terry says:

    Pick 7 players from a premier league side to put on the English National Team? From which club team? None of the Champions League or Europa teams have 7 English players (starters) to choose from. But I agree that it is usually a good strategy as Spain/Barca (and Germany/Bayern) proved this year and Italy/Juve proved 4 years ago. Although you have to be careful which club team you pick your players from and when. Barca’s been on a great run, and four years ago the Juve players had the scandal (which wasn’t their fault) as motivation, while this year Juve stunk and Italia stunk… should have picked more from Roma, Sampdoria, and Palermo perahps.

  8. Al says:

    Great job guys, nice way of using the narrative angle.

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Spain has won their first world title, a 116th minute goal from Andres Iniesta giving the European Champions the 2010 World Cup with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands. It was a match defined by missed opportunities and aggressive play, with the Dutch taking their new-found pragmatism to unexpected levels. Ultimately, a Spanish team which came to the fore of the footballing world early 2007 cemented their legacy by raising the world’s most most famous trophy on the pitch of Soccer City.

To talk about the final match of World Cup 2010, I was joined late Sunday by Kartik Krishnaiyer and Laurence McKenna for this edition of the World Cup Buzz Podcast.

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