Well, Spain lived up to the favorite’s role and won its first World Cup, beating The Netherlands 1-0 in extra time.
The Spanish had reached five Cup quarterfinals — in 1934, 50, 86, 94 and 2002 — but never advanced beyond that….until this year.
Meanwhile, The Netherlands are now the Brooklyn Dodgers of World Cup soccer. The Dutch made the finals for the third time, but came up empty once again. Previous losses were to West Germany in 1974 and Argentina in 1978.
Three random thoughts on the World Cup:
1. Thankfully somebody scored in the extra time, thus avoiding a penalty kick shootout for the championship. the way Brazil beat Italy in 1994 and Italy defeated France for the 2006 Cup..
IMHO, elimination games — and especially championship matches — should be not be decided by artificial shootouts. Go to sudden death overtime.
And if there’s a concern that the games might last too long, play the OT with less players and open up the field.
2. Go to the replay to confirm questionable goals. Hey, I’m not an instant replay freak — it’s overdone in the NFL, for instance. But it’s foolish not to use the technology that’s available today to ensure the right call is made.
Not advocating replay for offsides calls, penalties, etc. Just goals.
3. At first, we wondered what was that sound. The vuvuzalas sounded like a swarm of bees, and they were obnoxious in the beginning. But as the World Cup rolled on, they became the defining sound of the 2010 World Cup.
When in South Africa, do as the South Africans do.