2010 World Cup final

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Church Cries Foul on Dutch Soccer Mass

Pastor suspended after praying for Holland to beat Spain

(Newser) - A Dutch priest is in hot water for praying— in vain —that the Netherlands would defeat Spain at a Mass celebrated the day of the World Cup final, reports the BBC . Paul Vlaar decorated his church in the team color, orange; wore orange and white vestments; and played along... More »

Gay Players Cost Germany World Cup: Soccer Agent

Comments spark uproar

(Newser) - The agent for the captain of Germany's national soccer team has blamed "gay players" for the nation's failure to capture a World Cup title, sparking a firestorm of criticism. Michael Becker, who represents captain Michael Ballack, scoffed at the "bunch of gays" on the World Cup team in... More »

Spain's Captain Seals World Cup Interview With a Kiss

Iker Casillas loses it while being questioned by girlfriend

(Newser) - Spain captain Iker Casillas' emotional post-match interview melts even the hardest soccer-hater, writes Brook Peck on his Yahoo sports blog. After Spain beat the Netherlands to take the World Cup, 1-0, he was interviewed by his reporter girlfriend Sara Carbonero. Carbonero, who was blamed by Spain for its earlier loss... More »

Joyous Spain Welcomes Champs

World Cup victory overrides months of grinding economic, political woes

(Newser) - Spain set aside months of economic doldrums and fractious politics today to give a jubilant and resounding welcome home to its victorious World Cup team, reports the AP. The team was making the rounds with politicians and royalty, children and grateful cops alike ahead of an open-air parade through the... More »

Spain Fans Party in the Streets

World Cup victory over the Netherlands sparks nationwide celebrations

(Newser) - Cries of "Viva Espana" are echoing through the streets of Spain as fans celebrate the national team's first World Cup title. "It's an extraordinary feeling, of happiness and nerves," one reveler in Madrid tells AFP . Says another: "We are very proud and very happy." Spotted... More »

Spain Wins First World Cup

Decisive goal in 1-0 contest is latest ever in a final

(Newser) - Andres Iniesta scored with 4 minutes of extra time remaining to give Spain a 1-0 win over the Netherlands and its first World Cup title today in Johannesburg. With the teams facing a penalty shootout in a game of few clear chances, Iniesta collected a sliding pass from substitute Cesc... More »

Dutch, Spanish Awash in World Cup Fever

(Newser) - As the minutes wind down to the World Cup final, fans of Spain and the Netherlands are positively pulsating with anticipation. The displays ranged from a Dutch priest who decked his church out in orange and prayed for victory while kicking a soccer ball down the aisle, to the Spanish... More »

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