Spain’s Andres Iniesta holds up the World Cup trophy following the final match, between the Netherlands and Spain.
For the first time in the country’s history, Spain has won soccer’s coveted World Cup, defeating the Netherlands’ national team on Sunday in a tense match that ended after a late goal in extra time.
It’s the World Cup final! THE WORLD CUP FINAL!!!!!
And if that’s not enough, for the first time in history, the men from the homeland of totaalvoetbal meet the originators of tiki-taka in a World Cup finals match. It’s a seismic event, and no mistake, even if these particular Dutch masters don’t actually play total football, and tiki-taka has only existed as a concept for about 23 minutes. Because this is the THE WORLD CUP FINAL!!!!! So let’s ramp up the hype and just go with it.
With no previous between Holland and Spain to drone on about, we might as well remember World Cup finals previous. Not least because Holland featured in two of them, in 1974 and 1978, and Spain made one, sort of, in 1950.