A year on from lifting the World Cup with Spain, and scoring the winning goal in the final, Andrés Iniesta sat down to talk to Spanish newspaper Marca.
- The World Cup one year ago and your goal, the name of Andrés Iniesta forever linked with the history of the tournament.That´s the reality of it. I am very proud to have made history and been able to live and enjoy such an historic moment.
- Has anything changed for you?Things on the...More
Of the many memories left behind by this summer's World Cup in the rainbow nation, among the most colourful will be the debate over the tournament's unofficial soundtrack - the Vuvuzela.
The instrument, which has been described as producing a sound comparable to a swarm of bees, made a huge impact during South Africa's inaugural hosting of the tournament, and received almost as much media coverage as the action on the pitch itself ...More
The argument explored in depth by Ray Power in a previous article was that this World Cup has seen 4-2-3-1 overtake 4-4-2 as the formation most linked with successful sides. That both Vicente Del Bosque and Bert Van Marwijk chose this strategy at the start of the tournament's finale can only have added fuel to the argument of the 'pro' side in that particular debate. This was a game in which the counteracting formations of the two sides...More
For only the third time in World Cup history, FIFA’s Golden Ball Award for the player of the World Cup has gone to a footballer not involved in the prestigious event that is the World Cup final. The man honoured, Diego Forlan, is a more than worthy winner. No player had more influence or more impact on his team’s fortunes than the man nicknamed ‘Cachabacha’ (after a cartoon witch, no less). While it would be unfair on the other Uruguaya...More
With the eighth different name inscribed on the World Cup trophy it is time to reflect on the individuals who have made this South African World Cup a tournament full of color from the outset. The past four weeks have been jam-packed with surprises, not least because some of the world’s leading names failed to stamp their mark in South Africa, a task that makes forming this year’s team of the tournament very tricky indeed.
It is hard to believe and indeed accept that FIFA’s showpiece tournament is over, and that it will be another four years before the World Cup descends on Brazil for its 20th edition. What we can say is that despite a slow start to proceedings, the final weekend has served up some fantastic entertainment, proving a fitting end to a competition that will live long in the memory, and the last month will have done wonders for the brand of S...More
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