World Cup 2010: Germany 0-1 Spain

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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9 Responses

  1. David Howell says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is the first World Cup final in history to feature none of Italy, Argentina, Brazil and Germany, as I understand it…

    A tournament that was talked of for the emergence of one continent has ended up with a reshaking of the balance of power on each of the two that dominate football. Uruguay the last South Americans left, and the two perennial under-achievers of European football at major championships meet in the final while Italy, France and to a lesser extent England crumble.

  2. Brenton says:

    David, that’s a phenomenal stat, and you’re right:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_World_Cup_winners

  3. algeria da best says:

    This is the first European final, right?? And the first time Spain reach the final?
    A well deserved win for Spain, who kept the match under their control for most of the time. They played beautiful football, and entertained all their viewers.
    I wish them the best of luck to winning the Cup! I think they deserve it, they played so well and knew how to keep the Germans under control!

  4. sunil says:

    David, algeria, you guys should look a little harder. Old Europe is dead, a new Europe is rising – there’s a lot of ‘foreigners’ (for want of a better word) in most squads.

    I just wonder where this trend is going. Will a future England team be full of the descendants of Bangladeshis & Pakistanis? Or France be mostly Algerians/Moroccans? Would it still be ‘French’? Football is still tribal by nature. Who would you root for?

    Would you be allowed to ‘transfer’ to another country?

    I hasten to add that this is all to the good.

  5. sunil says:

    and one more provocative question…

    Would Inter Milan or Chelsea be allowed to compete in the World Cup? No? Why not?

  6. Micah says:

    It’s interesting looking back at old finals, and all the teams that once dominated the world cup. However, football has rapidly been changing as people all over the world are mixed together, not so much nationality wise (as sunil’s implying) but on the pitch with different teams. Club teams from every league draw in players from every part of the globe, mixing and mashing together skills, tactics, and innovations like a metaphorical blender. Teams once did not know what to expect from different teams before meeting in the world cup, however now teams nearly know exactly what’s going to be brought forward by opposing teams. The face of football has changed as teams have developed to cope with different style of play, and try to maximize they’r own skills to outplay what’ll be brought forth by the opposition.

    I think these two new finalists will be the first to step forward in changing world cups to come.

    Sunil, why would clubs play in the world cup?
    Clubs are collections of as many good players as a manager can collect in order to create their best possible team. The reason for Spains success can probably be largely attributed to the fact that 6 (I believe its 6) Spanish players play on the same club team, Barcelona.

    Im sorry, the idea of entering a club team into international football is frankly stupid. It would destroy the sense of nationality that accompanies the world cup, and club teams would dominate most national teams.

  7. Dar says:

    I’,m very happy about this result. While I would have preferred atleast one South American team to liven things up, still atleast we avoided an all-Nordic European Final, which would have been mind-bogglingly boring.

    Af for sunil’s point, I think he exaggerates the changing ethnic make-up of Europe. Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Sweden, as well as the eastern European nations are still mostly European ethnically.

    As for France and England, who’ve the two largest non-European populations, even that is exaggerated as the non-European populations’ birth-rated tends to stabilize after a generation while the flow of new immigrants seems to be slowing.

  8. sunil says:

    I’m looking deep into the future, fellers. I see new Europe dominating World Cups, their squads featuring players poached from African, South American and Asian countries. We already had the Boateng brothers play each other (Ghana-Germany). Look for more in the future.

    It boils down to deeper pockets, corporate sponsorship, youth development programs, well-established organizations…

    And the comment on Inter Milan in the World Cup was tongue-in-cheek.

  9. Peter says:

    If you’d been a reader to this website long enough, you’d realise that the words ‘well-established organisations’ and ‘football’ do not go together.

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