Spain vs Netherlands is not a traditional rivalry. Yet the Spain vs Netherlands 2010 World Cup final will put Spain and the Netherlands together forever. The 2010 World Cup final matchup may be the most unique in decades, if not in championship history. Two teams traditionally regarded as underachievers, and hard-luck nations, can now erase that past within hours. No matter what, one nation will take home their first title, and trigger an unprecedented celebration for their country. As such, the Spain vs Netherlands 2010 World Cup final is a fitting way to end these crazy four weeks.
Usually, the same old nations meet at the end every four years, in some combination. Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Italy, France and the other usual suspects are paired off, no matter what happens beforehand. Even if a surprise team pulls an upset or two, they are brushed off before long.
Prior to the Spain vs Netherlands 2010 World Cup final, the Spanish and Dutch were two nations usually brushed off early. But somehow, even though the Spanish lost their first match, and even though the Dutch had to meet Brazil in the quarterfinals, they defied their disappointing tradition.
These two are hardly Cinderellas, although they are in an historical context. This makes the Spain vs Netherlands 2010 World Cup match an even one, though Spain has emerged as the slight favorite. No one knows quite what to expect, which has been the norm in this tournament.
Before last month, no one forsaw England fumbling away a win against the USA, or Spain and Germany losing early, or Italy and France flaming out. They also didn’t see Landon Donovan saving the USA, only for them to fall against Ghana. In addition, they didn’t see Ghana come so close to the semifinals, Uruguay reaching them, or Germany, Argentina and Brazil falling short the way they did. Compared to that, the Spain vs Netherlands 2010 World Cup finale is almost predictable.
This has been a tournament of wild finishes, new blood, and controversy from referees. So with all that has gone on to get here, the hope is that the end is just as memorable. Of course, the Spain vs Netherlands 2010 World Cup match could be memorable for the wrong reasons.
If there’s yet another bad call from a ref that decides the match, it will be the final straw against FIFA. It would also be the most gut-wrenching near miss for Spain or the Netherlands, after all they’ve been through. But even losing without help from the refs would be a crushing blow, after getting so close for the first time in ages.
The Spain vs Netherlands 2010 World Cup final will provide the lasting memory of this tournament. Considering all the other lasting memories for the last month – both good and bad – they have a high bar to go over. It will be set starting at 2:30 pm est on ABC.
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