In just a few hours, the world plays witness to the biggest football spectacle pitting the Netherlands and Spain in the 2010 World Cup finals. Paul the octopus may have made a bold prediction on who the winner will be but let us try to break down what it takes to really get the job done.
Dutch Midfielder Mark van Bommel will have his hands full containing Spaniard Xavi Fernandez. Xavi is considered one of the best among active football players, if not the best. How well van Bommel can employ his rugged type of defense on Xavi will have an impact on how Spain can execute their attacks.
The matchup between Wesley Sneijder of Netherlands and David Villa of Spain will be an interesting one as both are tied at five goals apiece in the tournament. Both are vying for the Golden Boot Award but what would be the most important piece to their careers would be touching a World Cup at the end of ninety minutes.
With their nations’ expectations heavy on their shoulders, who will buckle under pressure? This will be the first World Cup championship for either team. In the next few hours, we are all witnesses as history unfolds.
As the reigning 2008 Euro Cup winners, Spain has the edge over the Dutch in the finals.