South Africa World Cup 2010
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World Cup final referee Howard Webb reflected on a "tough game" after returning home from South Africa but was thrilled to have been involved in the showpiece tournament.
Spain hero Andres Iniesta claims he never lost faith in achieving World Cup success, despite a frustrating season with injuries and a bad start for Vicente del Bosque's side in South Africa.
NIGEL DE JONG is laying the blame for Sunday's World Cup final debacle firmly at FIFA's door.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter yesterday gave South Africa his highest possible mark for a World Cup that defied sceptics who had predicted disaster.
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".
IKER Casillas crowned a spectacular run as Spain captain when he hoisted the nation's first World Cup and celebrated by planting a kiss on his TV presenter girlfriend in front of millions of viewers back home.
THE vuvuzelas gave South Africa 2010 its soundtrack, the Jabulani ball provided endless controversy and world champions Spain supplied the quality.
A South African newspaper recently published a cartoon showing British tabloid journalists at an "eat your words" dinner, tucking into their articles predicting mayhem and murder at the World Cup.
ANDRES Iniesta grabbed a late winner in extra-time as Spain won the World Cup for the first time.
WORLD Cup final matchwinner Andres Iniesta claimed late friend Daniel Jarque played a part in Spain's victory over the Netherlands.
GERMAN newspapers yesterday praised the national team for recovering to beat Uruguay 3-2 in the third-place play-off game and for giving the country a shot of patriotic pride that recalled the 2006 World Cup at home.
THE difference between success and failure in football is often measured in inches, and so it proved for Uruguay and star striker Diego Forlan on Saturday.
NELSON Mandela received an ecstatic welcome when he appeared at an emotional ceremony at South Africa's Soccer City to bid farewell to the 2010 World Cup.
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.
THE World Cup ends this evening.
South Africa, like some cartoon figure with an angel above one shoulder and the devil atop the other, will revel in its success as host while bracing for possible violence aimed at the impoverished immigrants in its midst.
AT SOCCER City tommorow night, football needs a World Cup final to remember. It is not just another match.
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.