Did you see “el Clasico” last night? The game had it all!!! Emotions were running high and it took me awhile to fall asleep. It didn´t help that I am a big Real Madrid fan and we just got beaten by none other than Barcelona but I did enjoy the game. Hopefully, Real will bounce back with a win over Sevilla on Wednesday to keep the title hope alive. How exiting is La Liga this season? Amazing
Watching the game last night got me thinking about 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP in Brazil. I have started to count the days until I see all these big stars fight for their country on the big stage. There will be a lot of betting opportunities for us “betting fanatics” with all of the major bookies already releasing odds for the winners etc.
I thought that it would be a good idea to remember some of the finales that were played in previous World Cups and I am going to start with the 2010 FIFA World Cup that was won by Spain on Sunday 11 July 2010.
The Spanish became the eighth champion of world football thanks to a decisive extra-time winner from Andrés Iniesta to end years of disappointment for La Furia Roja.
Spain started brightly and couldn’t believe it didn’t score in the fifth minute following a perilously dangerous free-kick by Xavi.
The Spanish midfielder swerved in an out-swinging set-piece that Sergio Ramos headed strongly to the right of Maarten Stekelenburg; but the Dutch goalkeeper produced an inspired save when the ball otherwise appeared destined for the back of the net.
Following an enervated effort by Holland’s Dirk Kuyt, Sergio Ramos threatened to open his FIFA World Cup goal-scoring account with a fierce low centre; yet Dutch defender, Johnny Heitinga, was on-hand to clear the danger in the 11th minute.
From the resulting corner, Sergio Ramos was again involved floating in another deep cross from the right, with David Villa generating a ferocious volley that rippled the side-netting.
Spain continued to dominate possession in the opening stages of the match, but Wesley Sneijder came close again for the Netherlands on the 18th minute as Spanish goalkeeper, Iker Casillas, held an awkward strike from the Dutchman’s free-kick. Read more »