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South Africa World Cup 2010

South Africa World Cup 2010

South Africa: over the World Cup rainbow

South Africa was a great host for the 2010 World Cup. But a year on, has it reaped the economic benefits it was promised?

Spanish and Dutch fined after World Cup final clashes

SPAIN and the Netherlands have been fined by Fifa for their players' poor discipline in last month's World Cup final in Johannesburg.

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Referee Howard Webb pleased to be home after 'tough game'

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.

Iniesta always believed his tough season would end in ultimate glory

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.

Don't blame Webb blame FIFA, says Dutchman De Jong

NIGEL DE JONG is laying the blame for Sunday's World Cup final debacle firmly at FIFA's door.

World Cup 2010: Sepp Blatter praises hosts

FIFA President Sepp Blatter yesterday gave South Africa his highest possible mark for a World Cup that defied sceptics who had predicted disaster.

World Cup 2010: Dutch tactics lambasted by Cruyff as 'anti-football'

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".

World Cup 2010: Keeper Iker Casillas can savour champions' feeling as he is vindicated following earlier criticism

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.

World Cup 2010: After sluggish start, the beautiful game emerged triumphant

THE vuvuzelas gave South Africa 2010 its soundtrack, the Jabulani ball provided endless controversy and world champions Spain supplied the quality.

Analysis: Can safe World Cup leave a legacy?

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.

Netherlands 0 - 1 Spain: Andres Iniesta seals World Cup for worthy champions Spain

ANDRES Iniesta grabbed a late winner in extra-time as Spain won the World Cup for the first time.

Andres Iniesta dedicates triumph to lost friend Jarque as modest Del Bosque insists all credit lies with players

WORLD Cup final matchwinner Andres Iniesta claimed late friend Daniel Jarque played a part in Spain's victory over the Netherlands.

Grateful media lavish praise on gallant bronze medallists Germany

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.

Diego Forlan the star of South American dark horses

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.

South Africa the real winner as the curtain closes on World Cup

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.

Iniesta on top of the world as Spain defeat 'ugly' Dutch

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.

After the World Cup, the bloodshed

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.

Spain v Netherlands: World Cup classic on cards if finalists reach their peak

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.

World Cup 2010: We must up our game to beat Dutch, says Iniesta

ANDRES Iniesta has conceded Spain will have to step up a gear if they are to overcome Holland tonight.

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