Spain wins World Cup

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RIP, Paul the Octopus

It was natural causes, German officials swear

(Newser) - Maybe he saw it coming: Paul the octopus, the unlikely hero of the 2010 World Cup, has been found dead in his German aquarium, reports Der Spiegel. Officials cite natural causes rather than angry German soccer fans, and say that the beloved psychic cephalopod will be cremated, not turned into... 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 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 »

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