And then there were four.
With only the semifinal and final rounds left to play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa, there are four teams left that can almost smell victory.
But only one team will achieve champion status, and in about a week we’ll know who. Until then, anyone and everyone will be laying out their prediction of who’s going home a winner.
There’s a good chance it could be Spain.
Despite the fact that the European champions will be making their first appearance in the World Cup semis on Wednesday, and Germany has been there a striking 12 times, think back to two years ago. In the finals at Euro 2008, Spain defeated Germany, and is looking to do it again in a World Cup setting.
They’re not resting on the fact that they beat Germany two years ago. After all, two years is a long time, but it does serve as even more inspiration to keep the tradition alive. Without going home champions, Spain will feel as if they achieved nothing.
Spain has had great success so far in the tournament and has the momentum to keep going. Led by Villa, who has scored five goals in these finals, Spain has made key goals at critical times. They’re playing exciting soccer that draws in the crowds.
Germany will be tough to go up against, having blown out teams several times, but Spain is a confident team who goes back to the fundamentals and works well together.
If they can stay calm and keep Germany under control defensively, they’ll be soaring into the finals.