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.
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.
WORLD Cup final matchwinner Andres Iniesta claimed late friend Daniel Jarque played a part in Spain's victory over the Netherlands.
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.
AT best, there is a twitch of that droopy moustache, a brief word or two, and maybe the hint of a smile, if you're lucky.
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.
SPAIN coach Vincente Del Bosque isn't exactly known for his joyous celebrations when his team scores, and his stoic behaviour isn't about to change in the World Cup final.
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.
CARLES Puyol's match-winning header against Germany in the World Cup semi-final was the fruit of a move worked out on the training ground at Barcelona, the defender has revealed.
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.
Former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso regards himself as a lucky man to get the chance to play alongside a team full of stars with Spain.
Germany coach Joachim Low is backing Spain to win the World Cup after the European champions dumped his side out of the tournament, while midfield playmaker Xavi is determined to enjoy Sunday's match against the Netherlands.
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.
CARLES Puyol powered Spain into their first World Cup final with a thunderous second-half header to beat Germany.