Who Won The World Cup 2010?
Who won the World Cup in 2010? Better known as FIFA Copa del Mundo 2010, Spain won a bruising and heartfelt battle between, their Western European rivals the Netherlands with a 1-0 extra time win. Andrés Iniesta quickly became a hero in his native land after knocking in the match's final (and only) goal in the 116th minute, fed off a pass from Cesc Fabregas.
Iniesta not only had the shot of his life, but his words after the match were equally as memorable. "The manner in which it happened, we gave everything. To win the World Cup, there are no words to describe it." He went on to say, "This is for Dani Jarque, for my family, for all of the people. It is the result of hard work over a long time and some difficult moments."
Hard work and difficult moments indeed.
Things didn't go quite as planned early on in the tournament. Spain lost in the first stage to Switzerland, 0-1. However, they seemed to learn quickly. The next stage saw victory with a 2-0 win over Honduras. David Villa, who scored his team's only two goals, put things into prospective. "Our [1-0] loss to Switzerland is water under the bridge. We played in the same style, we attacked with short passes and we had some very good chances." They never looked back. The World Cup would soon be theirs.
On June 25th Spain would soon defeat Chile, 2-1. Going on to topple Portugal 1-0 in the World Cup knockout stage. Villa came up big again in the quarterfinals, striking the ball off the goal post and then finally shoving it into the back of the net to help defeat Paraguay 1-0.
After seeing these types of matches, most Spain fans were convinced their team couldn't lose. This turned out to be true. Spain defeated Germany 1-0 to advance to the World Cup Finals, which set up their momentous victory over the Netherlands.
Even more impressive are some of the unique stats surrounding this football team: Spain scored only eight goals the entire tournament, while giving up a mere two. Not only was this Spain's first FIFA World Cup title, interesting enough, no European team has won the prestigious tournament with a non-European host.
Only time will tell if La Furia Roja (the Red Fury) can repeat 2010's Wolrd Cup magic and greate a nother moment to remember for football fans all over the globe.