The last day.After an awesome night out I awoke on Sunday morning with mixed feelings really.The excitement of watching my first World Cup Final and also the thought if perhaps the greatest month I have ever had coming to an end.But it has been brilliant and after being convinced to support the Dutch from my friends from Amsterdam yesterday I put on my scarf, Dutch Glasses,wrapped a flag as a Cape and I was off to the final.All the lads met at Hoosain Mayets house and we set off early to Shareworld Park and Ride to soak up the atmosphere.Good thing we did as Soccer City was filling up.And Mingling with the fans before the match was fantastic as usual.
mingling with fans before the game
outside Soccer City
|From WORLD CUP FINAL, Netherlands vs Spain|
The build up was amazing and the closing ceremony even better.A spectacular display of laser lights and African culture made the closing ceremony amazing and pumped the adrenalin as we headed toward the final.Holland vs Spain. Great Final,great fans and great footballing culture
The final wasnt great.I thought Howard Webb had a shocker.The game didnt flow and too many fouls.Almost the entire Dutch team was booked and a red card was a certainty.it was just a question of time.The Dutch were physical and the Spanish majestic with possession.Robben and Fabregas came close to grabbing the lead.As the cold descended on an electric atmosphere and with everyone expecting penalties Tores was introduced,got his cross in and Fabregas slipped a ball through to Iniesta and Spain clinched victory.I felt for the Dutch.They were gutted.Always the bridesmaids.The fans were magnificent and so dejected after the game. When Cassilas lifted the trophy I savoured the moment of the World Cup being lifted in our country.And as the fireworks and celebrations erupted I soaked up the moment and braced myself for the depression that would commence as the 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP in South Africa came to a grinding halt and the Spanish tangoed into the freezing night
SPAIN VS HOLLAND BUILD UP
SPAIN VS HOLLAND
SPAIN VS HOLLAND IN PICS
SPANISH CELEBRATIONS IN THE STREETS OF MADRID
The Spanish were jubilant at Soccer City and the Dutch were gutted and in tears.In Holland though the team received a great reception and a boat tour is being lined up in Amsterdam.
But for now Congratulations Spain on becoming the World Champions and Hats off to South Africa,the People and the fans...as a country we proved the critics wrong and delivered a spectecular World Cup without major incident.
As a nation we can stand together and be proud