World Cup 2010 Comment: How Spain, The Best Team In The World Took Down The Best Team In South Africa, Germany
Goal.com's Cyrus C. Malek reflects on Spain's heroic win against Germany to reach an historic World Cup final in South Africa...
By Cyrus C. Malek
Euphoria has overrun the Iberian Peninsula. As Spanish president José Luis Zapatero proudly announced mere moments after Spain’s historic 1-0 World Cup semi-final triumph over Germany, “This result is a source of happiness that has gripped the entire country”.
In most other countries, one would expect such an ecstatic response as a people, unified behind their national football team, fill their country’s streets to celebrate a common sense of identity, belonging, and solidarity. Such was the case in the Netherlands when the Dutch secured their final berth and one would imagine such a reaction in nearly every other World Cup nation.