After one month and over sixty games, the 2010 FIFA World Cup will come to a close on Sunday in dramatic fashion when the Netherlands meet Spain for a chance at football immortality. Sunday’s final features two countries that have never won the World Cup and they are arguably the best two teams in the world not to have done so. The Netherlands have reached the World Cup Final twice previously in their countries rich football history, in 1974 and 1978, but both times they failed to defeat the host nations that they found themselves against. This team will not have to face the difficult task of defeating a host nation, as they will meet Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Spain is in the World Cup Final for the first time in the countries history and they will have to deal with the added pressure of being slight favorites over the Dutch. Spain has bounced back and fourth between first and second in the FIFA World Rankings and entered the tournament first-time favorites to win it all. The Dutch who have consistently remained in the top five of the FIFA Rankings have not lost a match in this years World Cup including their quarterfinal clash with powerhouse Brazil that they won 2-1. Spain on the other hand, lost their first match of the tournament 1-0 to Switzerland but since that time have taken care of business against the likes of Portugal and Germany.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup Final will kick-off on Sunday at 2:30 PM ET on ABC. Watch as history will be made and either the Netherlands or Spain will, for the first time, be crowned champions of the world.