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Stockholm Spanish celebrate hard-fought win

The Local · 12 Jul 2010, 16:26

Published: 12 Jul 2010 14:53 GMT+02:00
Updated: 12 Jul 2010 16:26 GMT+02:00

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Spain won the final with a goal by Andrés Iniesta in extra time, ending the Dutch hopes of an upset, and proving that the Spanish have finally buried their underachievers tag that has plagued them in previous championships.

“I feel so happy, the team worked so hard to get where they are. It is a moment of pride for all of Spain, especially because the economic crisis has hit us so hard,” gushed Eva Jusdado Monjil at the Cervantes Institute to The Local after the game.

The Cervantes Institute and the Spanish Tourist Bureau had chosen the fine old music venue of Mosebacke to host its viewing party to celebrate Spain's first World Cup final appearance.

The venue was packed to the seams with with throngs of red and gold chanting “Vamos Espana, soy Espanola, Ole” throughout the duration of the game.

Meanwhile, a few hundred metres down the hill the Dutch embassy had once again opened its doors with the warm hospitality that has made it a popular haunt during the tournament.

The bar, selling Dutch beer at 30 kronor a bottle at a rapid pace during the game, emptied soon after English referee Howard Webb blew time on one of the most challenging matches of his career, featuring a record 13 yellow cards and one red.

A palpable silence fell over the courtyard of the embassy as the fans streamed out to Götgatan to meet the oncoming jubilant Spain supporters.

But while several of the Dutch players angrily surrounded referee Webb in the Soccer City stadium, the Stockholm Oranje instead displayed a warm and magnanimous generosity as they mingled with their Spanish conquerors on the street.

The Spanish flowed down the hill from Mosebacke chanting “Ole, ole, ole, ole” at the top of their collective voice and the Dutch quickly joined the celebratory mood, perhaps aware that their team, despite the often brutal tactics deployed in the final, had done their country proud over the course of the tournament.

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The scenes on Södermalm's main shopping and night-life thoroughfare gave a telling illustration that despite the tension, despite the high stakes, despite the often brutal tactics deployed, the football, in the end, proved the big winner.

Other groups of happy Spanish fans filled the fountain at Sergels torg to cool off as Sunday obliged with suitably Mediterranean temperatures on the warmest day of the Swedish summer so far.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson, Emy Gelb & Vivian Tse

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:21 July 12, 2010 by Dano
13 yellow cards and 1 red ..i think 2 yellows were actually deserved! Once again the deperate last gasp tactic of "cheating" wins a championship!

Iniesta is the Spanish hero..but to anyone with a decent set of eyes,he's just a disgrace!

He threw himself over the defenders leg,a leg that was planted in front of him,it never touched him..then jumped up screaming at the referee to book him,ensuring the defender got his 2nd yellow and was sent off in the most important game he'll ever play!

He did the same thing minutes later,to ensure another Dutch player got a yellow card. Then scored.

He should be ashamed of himself,yet we know he won't be. It just seems to be the "norm" now that if you can't win a game the decent way,then cheating is an acceptable response!

A draw would have been fair..but then the dreaded penalties,and no Final should ever be decided on those!

Unlucky Holland.

(I'm English)
17:12 July 12, 2010 by Twiceshy
@Dano: You might be English, but you're also... badly misinformed.

De Jong's challenge on Alonso (29') is as clear a red card as it gets. Van Bommel's challenge on Iniesta was also borderline red (22') and certainly worthy of the yellow he got, which would have seen him sent off for the studs-first stamp on Iniesta (78') later in the game had it had been called. Van Persie's "send an early message" foul on Busquets (2') and Sneijder's studs into Busquets' knee (not sure of exact minute) were clear yellows also, but neither was called.

On the other side, Puyol's challenge on Robben didn't bring him down, but it was enough to delay him until Casillas could make the save -- which is denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, and merited a sendoff as well.

So if you really think only 2 yellows were actually deserved in this game, well... let's just say it's a good thing you aren't a referee.
17:36 July 12, 2010 by eZee.se
Personally, since the team I was rooting for didnt win, (to me) it did not matter who won - so congrats to Spain.

While the referee was more active than most people at a poker game :)) , I think the one that really deserved the red card was that kick to the chest... watching that in slow-mo replay was almost sickening.

It is sad the amount of cheating though, by both sides.
18:07 July 12, 2010 by calebian22
The match was well played by both teams. It is sad that Webb provided such an advantage to Spain at such a late point in the game especially when he had been less than consistent with similar calls previously in the match.
18:26 July 12, 2010 by jack sprat
It could be argued that it was a case of 11 thugs against 11 cry babies who did there best to intimidate the ref at every opportunity.

Thanks to the best man on the pitch,the ref,the game reached a reasonable conclusion.

Had he red carded earlier in the game, it would only have made much worse, what was another disappointing World cup final.

Congrats to Forlan of Uruguay, for his well deserved award.

A nice guy,a gentleman and a scholar.
18:31 July 12, 2010 by riose
@calebian22, do you mean less consistent by not kicking out Puyol or De Jong, Van Bommel, Heitinga (much before, not so late), Van Persie or Robben?

Because ALL OF THEM WERE CLEAR, and the advantage should have been provided much earlier: http://i28.tinypic.com/10ylz86.jpg

Spain won the cup, Netherlands the black belt.
18:35 July 12, 2010 by mablog
Spain was the deserved winner, no question about it. Sadly, the dutch team betrayed their traditional ideals and good taste for football and played the dirty card which the bad English referee should have stopped.
18:43 July 12, 2010 by calebian22

Yes, absolutely correct. You don't start kicking out players in the 109th minute on an arguably lame call. That is what I mean by inconsistent. If you are going to "let them play," for the whole game you don't change that in overtime by giving a huge advantage to one team in a dead locked match.
19:59 July 12, 2010 by glamelixir
Oh c'mon!! well played? It was a pathetic match. Did they even play football at all? If we compare it to the match Uruguay-Germany then we can actually prefer that to be the final. That was a wonderful football display!

In my eyes, Germany won the world cup and Uruguay is second, as Holland was lousy all the world cup, they won their matches hiting instead of playing football.

Plus this defensive football that is so trendy in Europe nowadays is quite borring (and that is what Spain plays) I prefer the attack style and those teams that want to score as many times as they can instead of trying to win a match for one goal difference and then go back to a defense mode.
23:57 July 12, 2010 by jack sprat
Great players,but such a waste to produce such boring football.

Same applies to Germany who also defended most of the time, and only came good when given lots of space to counter attack.

Against poor opponents,Serbia who played them at their own game, they were easily beaten.
03:33 July 13, 2010 by davbr
It is really nice to discuss and so on but you guys do not forget that the trophy is in Spain. The different between the second and the loser is that the second judge himself and the loser always put the blame on someone else. Viva España!
11:17 July 13, 2010 by Kanedaa
Brazil were still the best team in the tournament, Shame the destroyed themselves.

Germany were also excellent but let themselves down vs Spain who frankly were good but nothing special.

Grats Spain on winning.
13:23 July 13, 2010 by Kevin Harris
@ Dano

Are you sure you watched the same game?

The view from the qualified international pundits seems to be "A very difficult game to referee", and "Thank God it was a top-class Premier League ref." Johan Cruff thought Holland should have had two straight red cards in the first 20 minutes, and that had it not been a World Cup final, they would have got that. I agree. The referee, was obviously trying to keep such an important game alive for at least the first half.

Despite the repeated warnings, the Dutch refused to calm down. They knew they would lose to the better team if they played fair, and hoped to either win by Plan A, kicking Spain off the field, or lose by Plan B, picking up red cards and then blame it all on the referee.

There are very few referees (if any) who could have done a better job than the referee in that game. I am sure the few referees who could have managed it were very pleased they didn't have to. Well done Spain, and the ref. Holland, get back to basics, leave the kicking to the lesser teams, you are much better than that.
09:07 July 17, 2010 by cblanquer
Probably Spanish player won because they got better paid than Dutch ones.

600.000 EUR per player including training team is scandalous and outrageous for a country where unemployment arose over 20%, salaries are being decreased for many and fear and stress spreads overall at work !

(I am a Spaniard)
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