The long wait was over. Spain brought their crown as they defeated Netherlands on its final round last July 11, 2010 with the score of 1-0. Everybody was waiting to see which team would bring home the bacon as they were both having impressive records in terms of championship, Netherlands making the 2010 World Cup its 3rd appearance in finals in the history of FIFA World Cup and Spain having 4 appearances in quarter finals and finally 2010 FIFA World Cup brought the first championship to their country.
Andres Iniesta’s goal in the 116th minute gave Spain its first ever crown in FIFA world cup. Italy the 2006 Champion as well as the runner-up France didn’t make it to the second round. South Africa team, host of the event also didn’t make it to the second round. This world cup event holds the record of a host country and the defending 2006 FIFA champions not making to the second round games. This is the first FIFA world cup record that a European country won outside its home continent.
The 2010 World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup as it was held every four years. World cup was held as the worlds most viewed sporting event as almost 715.1 million people watched the 2006 final match.It was by proposition process that South Africa was chosen to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Only 32 teams were selected to participate the world cup via qualification tournament.
Paul the “psychic” Octopus got medias’ attention as he sealed a perfect record in forecasting eight perfect predictions. He has been the 2010 world cup sensation as he forecasted 7 games of Germany and the victory of Spain in the finals. He was asked to go straight to the box with flags of the two opposing teams. That has been a tough job for the psychic octopus as he got threats from the bitter Germans as Paul predicted that Germany will loose from Spain. During semi finals of Germany versus Spain, almost 350, 000 Germans watching the game in big screen in Berlin sang an anti octopus songs. His prediction of Spanish victory would be his last forecast as he was expected to live for only 3 years.
The 2010 world cup has been successful and gave a great entertainment in people worldwide. The 2014 FIFA World Cup would be something to be look forward for surely it will again give excitement and entertainment to people around the globe.