The dust has settled and the Spanish armada has gone onto become the eighth nation to win a World Cup.
As the world habituates itself to a month before football and South Africa returns to normalcy after a month long crazy celebration of the beautiful game we take a look into who should be awarded for the worst things that the World Cup will be remembered for.
Refereeing has never been worse in any previous World Cup than this.
From disallowing valid goals to allowing offside goals, this World Cup will be remembered for it's refereeing howlers. There were numerous referees who proved themselves a shame to their profession.
But the award for the worst referee will surely go to Mali referee Koman Coulibaly, who proved himself a shame to his job.
The United States were looking to "a comeback to remember" as they had equalised from being two goals down. They would have achieved that if not the referee disallowed Maurice Edu's valid goal.
The referee did not even give a reason for such a horrendous act.
The miss cost England two points and Robert Green his place in the squad.
The West Ham shot-stopper started the match ahead of the experienced James. But he made Capello pay for keeping faith in him as he missed what even a schoolkid could have held on to easily.
England were leading 1-0, but in the 40th minute an aimless shot by Dempsey was mishandled by the young Englishman and rolled into the back of the net much to the horror of the Englishmen. This mishap has been dubbed "The Hand of Clod" by the media.
The miss cost Green his place in the squad and he had to spend the rest of the tournament on the sidelines.
Uruguay's Luis Suarez did the worst act of cheating as he intentionally used his hand to stop a goalbound ball to eventually deny Ghana passage into the semis.
With a few seconds left from the end. a header from Dominic Adiyiah was heading straight for the goal and Ghana looked surely to make it to the semifinals.
But Suarez, in his desperation, stopped the ball with his hand. He was given marching orders for his unsporting behaviour and Ghana were presented a penalty. But Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty and Uruguay defeated the Black Stars in the tie-breakers.
Although he became a national hero, his act was loathed by everybody else. He further inflamed fans when he denied to concede his fault and even went to claim that it was the "Hand of God Part II."
Although claims were made to ban him for a longer period he escaped any such punishment. Though the South Americans made it to the semis, their crediblity was tarnished for Suarez's act.
The winner for this should unanimously go to the Brazilian Felipe Melo.
His intentional stamping on Robben not only earned him a red-card, but also disrespect for his nation. His moment of madness cost Brazil a man and also the dreams of their sixth World Cup. trophy.
The Brazilians, who were loved all over the world for their clean game, shocked their fans with their attacking and physical game. Brazil were trailing 2-1 and Melo did them no better when he stomped his boot on Robben's thighs.
His foolish act not only brought shame to himself but also to his nation.
Yakubu Aiyegbeni's 66th minute miss in their match against South Korea was the biggest goal miss of the World Cup.
With Nigeria trailing 2-1 in a must-win match for the Super Eagles, Yakubu was set up with an absolute perfect opportunity right in front of goal.
The South Korean goalkeeper was already sprawling on the field as he made a vain effort to intercept the cross.
The ball found Yakubu right in front of the empty net and he tried to flick the ball and shockingly missed the easy score as he put the ball wide from less than one metre from goal line.
After Yakubu's shameful miss, the Oxford English Dictionary has changed his name into a new word, which means "To utterly squander once-in-a-lifetime opportunities especially one that will cause pain to millions of people; or to fail awfully at a very easy and uncomplicated assignment."
So now sentences will use his name to express failure. Like, "He needed to just go there and talk to her, but he Yakubu'ed the chance."