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A Long Time Coming: Spain Gears Up for Its First Ever World Cup Final

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 07:  Carles Puyol of Spain (L) celebrates with team mate Xabi Alonso after victory and progress to the final during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Semi Final match between Germany and Spain at Durban Stadium on July 7, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Lauren HerroldContributor IJuly 7, 2010

For the first time ever, Spain will step onto the field to play in the World Cup final this Sunday. The Netherlands will be seeking their first ever championship. Regardless of the outcome, one of these teams is about to join a highly exclusive group.

The elite club, made up of only seven countries, will add another one this year. It’s hard to believe that only seven countries have ever won the World Cup.

Spain is looking to completely transform its soccer history. They ended their drought of no major trophies in 44 years when they won the European championship two years ago. Spain could reach their peak with a World Cup win.

Carles Puyol’s goal in the 73rd minute of the semi-final game against Germany allowed their dream to continue. Or maybe it was just that Spain had Paul the Psychic Octopus on its side. Either way, Spain dominated possession, got more shots on goal, and outplayed Germany.

“This is one of the greatest moments for Spain, for us to be in the final of the World Cup, it’s history,” said David Villa. “And we want to make more history in the final.”

Villa is currently tied with the Netherlands Wesley Sneijder as the tournament's scoring leader. They’ll go up against each other on Sunday with five goals each.

Whoever wins, they will make history. It’s sure to be a great game.

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