Netherlands - World Cup 2010
Netherlands - World Cup 2010
REFEREE Howard Webb has admitted he should have shown Holland's Nigel de Jong a red card in the World Cup final.
NIGEL DE JONG is laying the blame for Sunday's World Cup final debacle firmly at FIFA's door.
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NETHERLANDS legend Johan Cruyff has launched a scathing attack on the Dutch team's performance in Sunday night's World Cup final, slamming their "dirty" tactics and their style of "anti-football".
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has stood by under-fire English referee Howard Webb and claims he had a "very hard task" during Sunday night's fiery World Cup final.
ANDRES Iniesta grabbed a late winner in extra-time as Spain won the World Cup for the first time.
Spain's hero Andres Iniesta hailed "an incredible feeling" after his goal secured his country the World Cup for the first time in their history.
AT SOCCER City tommorow night, football needs a World Cup final to remember. It is not just another match.
World Cup 2010: Dutch were pioneers of Total Football, but after exporting it to Spain must now stop opponents at their own game
JUST because it's orange doesn't make it brilliant. There seems to be an assumption that every time the Netherlands take to the field they are duty-bound to channel the spirit of the Total Footballing sides of the early Seventies and an accompanying disappointment when they fail to do so.
ANDRES Iniesta has conceded Spain will have to step up a gear if they are to overcome Holland tonight.
THERE will be no old pals act from Giovanni van Bronckhorst tomorrow as he looks to end his career in spectacular style by lifting the World Cup.
AS CONTENDERS for the Golden Ball, the Golden Boot and the golden World Cup trophy, all appears glistening for David Villa and Wesley Sneijder as they prepare to face each other in this evening's encounter.
THROUGHOUT the World Cup, Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk has had to field repeated questions about his team's tendency to put efficiency before style.
ARJEN ROBBEN is adamant Holland will not allow Spain to impose their own style on tomorrow's World Cup final.
Dutch star Kuyt expresses wish to stay at Liverpool, ref Howard Webb proves his dad wrong, plus all the build-up to Sunday's final between Spain and the Netherlands.
INTER Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder insists he wants to stay with the Italian and European champions despite reported interest from Manchester United.
NETHERLANDS coach Bert Van Marwijk thinks the only category where his team falls short of their World Cup final opponents Spain is beauty of play. When it comes to the rest, his team are a match for them.
Holland boss Bert van Marwijk admits Spain play a more attractive brand of football than his team, but insists the Dutch do not fear them.
BOTH Spain and Holland can reminisce about previous golden generations of footballers and prompt more nostalgia than a night out with Pele, Maradona and Zico. The prospect of becoming world champions always proved too much, however.
ROBIN van Persie intends to replace the giant picture of Diego Maradona cradling the World Cup he has at home with one of himself doing exactly the same thing.
INTER Milan president Massimo Moratti has indicated Manchester United have shown an interest in Wesley Sneijder after the midfielder helped the Netherlands reach the World Cup final in South Africa.