Spain Wins Their First World Cup Ever; Plus Post-World Cup Awards

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It wasn’t always the beautiful game, but the best team came out victorious as Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0 Sunday to win its first ever World Cup trophy.

Andres Iniesta got the crucial goal for the Spanish in extra time, just four minutes away from a penalty shootout. The midfielder smashed home a close range half-volley after being put through by Cesc Fabregas- it was a classy finish on a night where those were sorely lacking.

By: Sam Svoboda and Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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World Cup Group F Preview: Can Italy defend their title?

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For those who want to see fast-paced, high-flying action, look elsewhere, because Group F is made up of grind-it-out teams. Italy, the defending World Cup champs, have always been known for their defense and counter-attacking. Paraguay only scored 11 goals in their past 11 World Cup games. Slovakia is a team who looks to get an early lead and sit on it. That leaves us with New Zealand, who’s only other World Cup appearance was in 1982, where they only scored two goals.

Some are thinking, “great, as if soccer wasn’t boring enough, we have to watch a group that doesn’t even score goals.” Not so fast (literally for this group). Though it won’t be high-scoring, there may be more drama in this group than all the other groups combined.

by Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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