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What began 31 days ago finally came to a conclusion on Sunday night with the World Cup final, with Spain making more needless passes than John Terry on a quiz show, Spain are now the new world champions following a narrow 1-0 victory over the Netherlands thanks to a late strike by Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta.

The match was billed as the battle of Tika Taka passing verses the masters of total football, admittedly many were expecting a highly entertaining match, instead turned out to be more like watching paint dry seem more like a spectator sport with elements of petty challenges and constant play acting as seen in professional wrestling.

Although the Dutch may complain about the performance of referee Howard Webb, they only have themselves to blame, having seen two excellent chances squandered by Arjen Robben the team in general did not show up at all, with goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg achieving the highest pass completion rate in the 90 minutes only proves to show how poor the match was.

Elsewhere the likes of Robin Van Persie looked disinterested throughout whilst promising fullback Gregory Van der Wiel constantly gave away possession, however the overall manner of the team’s performance was disappointing, making it hard to believe that a nation that wanted to better their last World Cup final appearance in 1974 instead turned up with no passion or will to win.

Unfortunately to say the Netherlands may never reach this far again for many years to come thus adding to the disappointment from their previous World Cup final appearance in 1974, certainly when the main protagonists such as Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben may not have it in them to lead the Netherlands again in 2014 it was sad to see the team disgrace themselves in the manner they approached the final and were deserved runners up.

In stark contrast Spain were once again worthy winners on the international stage following their success in the European championships two years ago, although at times their performances looked under-par, Spain are safeguarded in the knowledge that they have a bright future for years to come, although the likes of Xavi and perhaps Iniesta may not replicate their form come the next World Cup the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Pedro just to name a couple are waiting in the wings.

However whilst many nations are in the current process of transition, Spain in the mean time look set to be a dominant force for some years to come and can finally put to rest their ghost as underachievers, it is however difficult to foresee the same with the Netherlands any time soon, Dutch fans will have to wait just that bit longer before they can follow Spain’s path.

Finally a congratulations to Spain as World Cup winners 2010.

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