Spain-Netherlands Cold Revenge

¿Como Se Dice Humiliation?

From 2010:

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From 2014:

Robin van Persie

There are alot of people in Madrid, Barcelona and much of the Iberian peninsula (heck, much of the football world for that matter) scratching their heads over how a defending World Cup champion with a powerhouse roster can be so abjectly routed and humiliated.

The Dutch did just that today to Spain.

¿Como se dice The Return of Total Football?


Rematch: Spain vs. Netherlands


Spain vs. Netherlands.

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In 2010, Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta banged home a goal in the 116th minute of the World Cup’s final match, lifting Spain to victory over the relentless and creative attacks of Arjen Robben and the Dutch national team. The victory gave Spain its first World Cup title.

Robben and his teammates get a chance to redeem themselves when they take on the Spaniards in the two teams’ opening match of the 2014 World Cup, which kicks off at 3 p.m. USEDT (7 p.m. GMT) today.

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Who Will Win the 2014 World Cup?

It’s finally here – today marks the start of the 2014 World Cup! The tournament kicks off with the opening ceremony at 6 PM UTC, followed by the first match at 8 PM UTC: Croatia against the host nation, Brazil.

World Cup mural.

All eyes will be on Brazil in the coming weeks, but not just the country. Brazil’s national team is considered a favorite to win it all – after all, they are on their home turf (literally). But there are many other good teams that could make a run at the title: Germany, Argentina, Portugal, and Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners. Or perhaps an underdog like Nigeria or Ghana will make it out of the group stage and have a chance at advancing.

Who’s your favorite to win the World Cup? Comment below to tell us who you want to win, who you think will win, and which matches you’re looking forward to. And of course, keep up with all the latest World Cup news here at, and on Facebook and Twitter.