World Cup Watch: Spain Makes Their First Finals

World Cup Watch: Spain Makes Their First Finals

words_Nick Engvall

The Spaniards controlled the ball and played the match that would allow them to beat Germany, and that is exactly what they did.

Spain consistently attacked the German defense throughout the first half, trying to find a weakness in their armor. Like their previous matches, this match went to the half scoreless. Spain missed a few opportunities, but Germany had few opportunities. Then mid way through the second half, Carles Puyol headed in the only goal scored in the match.

Like most of the games Spain has won, only one goal was needed to lift the team passed their opponent. However this one could easily be the most important goal in the country’s history, as it gives them their first ever appearance in the championship match of the World Cup Finals.

Spain will take on Netherlands on Sunday to decide who this year’s FIFA World Cup trophy winner will be.

David Villa of Spain and Arne Friedrich of GermanyDavid Villa of Spain in the adidas F50 adiZero and Arne Friedrich of Germany in the Nike Tiempo.

David Villa of Spain and Lukas Podolski of GermanyDavid Villa of Spain and Lukas Podolski of Germany both wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.

Per Mertesacker of Germany and Andres Iniesta of SpainPer Mertesacker of Germany in the adidas Predator X and Andres Iniesta of Spain in the Nike CTR 360.

Pedro Rodriguez of Spain and Bastian Schweinsteiger of GermanyPedro Rodriguez of Spain in the Nike Superfly and Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany in the adidas adiPure III.

Miroslav Klose of Germany and Gerard Pique of SpainMiroslav Klose of Germany in the Nike T90 Laser and Gerard Pique of Spain in the Nike Tiempo.

Spain celebrates the goal that send them to their first ever World Cup FinalsSpain celebrates the goal that send them to their first ever World Cup Finals.

Cales Puyol of Spain heads in the game winning goalCarles Puyol of Spain heads in the game winning goal wearing the Nike Tiempo.

World Cup Watch: Spain Makes Their First Finals

World Cup Watch: Germany & Spain Prevail

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In what many thought would be one of the most competitive matches of the 2010 World Cup, Germany dissected Argentina’s defense with precision attacking to hand Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and team what could only be described as a humiliating defeat. The constant back and forth of trash talking built up the excitement in the days prior, but it seemed that only the German team came prepared to back up their words, scoring four times against the Argentinian team.

Miroslav Klose once again led Germany, this time scoring two goals, one at the 68th minute and a second as the final blow at the 89th minute to give the Germany their dominating 4th goal against scoreless Argentina.

The Germans will face Spain who narrowly defeated Paraguay 1-0. After penalties erased goals for each side around the 60 minute mark, David Villa, the star of the tournament for Spain this year had an opportunity to put the Spaniards ahead. Villa used as much of the goal post as he possible could, bouncing a shot off the right side post, sending it bouncing off the left post and into the back of the net. The only goal that counted was the only goal that Spain needed as Paraguay couldn’t muster much offense from that point on.

The Germany versus Spain match will take place July 7th at 2:30 PM EST in South Africa, the winner will face the winner of Tuesday’s Uruguay versus Netherlands match.

Lionel Messi in the adidas F50 adiZero Chameleon colorwayLionel Messi in the adidas F50 adiZero.

Maxi Rodriguez in the adidas Predator XMaxi Rodriguez in the adidas Predator X.

Lionel Messi in the adidas F50 adiZeroLionel Messi in the adidas F50 adiZero.

Thomas Mueller in the adidas F50 adiZero, defended by Angel Di Maria in the adidas Predator XThomas Mueller in the adidas F50 adiZero, defended by Angel Di Maria in the adidas Predator X.

Miroslav Klose in the Nike Total 90 LaserMiroslav Klose in the Nike Total 90 Laser.

Miroslav Klose celebrates in the Nike Total 90 LaserMiroslav Klose celebrates in the Nike Total 90 Laser.

Nelson Valdez of Paraguay in the adidas F50 adiZeroNelson Valdez of Paraguay in the adidas F50 adiZero.

Xabi Alonso gets some air in the adidas adiPure IIIXabi Alonso gets some air in the adidas adiPure III.

Edgar Barreto of Paraguay and David Villa of Spain in the adidas F50 adiZero.Edgar Barreto of Paraguay and David Villa of Spain in the adidas F50 adiZero.

David Villa of Spain in the adidas F50 adiZeroDavid Villa of Spain in the adidas F50 adiZero.

World Cup Watch: Spain Makes Their First Finals

World Cup Watch: The Round of 16 is Reduced

words_Nick Engvall

The round of sixteen in this year’s World Cup has raised the excitement level tremendously compared to the early stages. Every game seems to be filled with excitement and scoring attempts as the team’s battle with the “win or go home” mentality.

Heavy favorites, Brazil and Germany both came up with big wins in against their opponents in the round of sixteen. Germany handed England their worst ever loss and advancing to the final eight for the 15th consecutive World Cup, the longest streak in World Cup history. England seemed to struggle finding themselves as a team throughout the match, which seemed to be the theme for their entire 2010 World Cup. Germany will face Argentina, who defeated Mexico 3-1 on Sunday.

One of the most popular teams in the World Cup, Brazil, blanked Chile 3-0 behind goals from Juan, Luis Fabiano, and Robinho. The Brazilians will face off with Netherlands, who defeated Slovakia 2-1 in their match on Monday. Netherlands reaches the final eight for the first time since 1998, and for only the fifth time in their history.

Uruguay defeated South Korea and the US team suffered a disappointing loss to Ghana also. After living on the edge with comebacks throughout the first round action. The United States couldn’t find the magic, even with extra time. Ghana scored in extra time to win 2-1.

Tomorrow the final matches of the round of sixteen will take place. Spain will take on Portugul, and Japan will take on Paraguay with the winners facing each other in the next round.

Landon Donovan in the Nike CTR 360Landon Donovan in the Nike CTR 360

Jozy Altidore and John Mensah battle for possession.Jozy Altidore in the adidas F50 adiZero and John Mensah in the PUMA Power Cat 1.10 battle for possession.

Lionel Messi celebrates a goal for ArgentinaLionel Messi celebrates a goal for Argentina in the adidas F50 adiZero Chameleon colorway.

Carlos Tevez cheers on his teammates for ArgentinaCarlos Tevez cheers on his teammates for Argentina in the Nike CTR 360.

England's Wayne RooneyEngland’s Wayne Rooney in the Nike T90 Laser.

Miroslav Klose and Thomas Mueller of GermanyGerman’s Miroslav KloseĀ  in the Nike T90 Laser and Thomas Mueller in the adidas F50 adiZero, celebrate a goal.

Thomas Mueller in the adidas F50 adiZeroThomas Mueller in the adidas F50 adiZero celebrate his second goal, he’s the youngest player since Pele to do so in the round of sixteen.

Arjen Robben of NetherlandsArjen Robben of Netherlands in the adidas F50 adiZero (leather).

Dirk Kuyt of NetherlandsDirk Kuyt of Netherlands in the adidas Predator X.

Wesley Sneijder of NetherlandsWesley Sneijder of Netherlands in the Nike T90 Laser.

Robinho of Brazil celebratesRobinho of Brazil celebrates in the Nike Superfly.

Kaka of Brazil is challenged by Mauricio Isla of ChileKaka of Brazil in the adidas adiPure III, is challenged by Mauricio Isla of Chile in the adidas F50 adiZero.

World Cup Watch: Spain Makes Their First Finals

2010 World Cup: adidas Presentation Suits

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The 2010 World Cup is less than 45 days away and it’s time to prepare for the one sporting event that grabs the attention of the entire world more than any. This year South Africa is host to the World Cup, which begins June 11th.

These Presentation Suits have been created by adidas for the 2010 World Cup. A handful of countries are available, including Mexico, who will open up the action in the very first game against host country South Africa. The suits feature the country crest stitched into the chest, as well as country specific colors. Also available are Spain, Argentina and Germany.

You can pick up yours now to prepare for the 2010 World Cup. Also, be sure to check out the friendly match between South Africa and Jamaica that will take place this Wednesday in Germany.

Available now: 2010 World Cup adidas Presentation Suits

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