July 10, 2010 11:17 AM Subscribe
posted by marienbad (206 comments total)
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The World Cup Final
is almost here, only 24 hours and 30 minutes away: Sunday Night, 19:30 GMT
After 63 Games, Spain
and the Netherlands
(formerly Holland) will fight it out to see who has the honour of being crowned world champions and lifting the World Cup Trophy. FIFA
are hopeful that Nelson Mandela
will be at the game and will present the trophy to the winners.
We have had: goals that weren't
, offsides that were but also weren't
, handball controversies
, Ball controversies
, Penalty Shootouts
, and a Psychic Octopus.
Oh and a visit from a Queen.
And now all we need to do is let Germany
play the 3rd place-playoff, at 19:30 GMT on Saturday 10th July, (approx 30 minutes away) something of a non-game where the 2 beaten semi-finalists are forced to play one another for some reason.
So who does Paul the Psychic Octopus Think will win The Final? It begins with S...
also, FIFA has released it's list of Golden Ball Nominees
. These are the players it thinks have excelled at the tournament. Also mentioned on that page are it's nominees for Young Player of the Tournament.
And even before the Final is concluded, Brazil has unveiled it's 2014 World Cup logo
I'll Let the Legendary BBC Commentator John "Motty" Motson have the last word
Previously on Metafilter:
The Queen of Spain visits Spanish Team in their changing room after their Semi-final win
The Physics of Football, including a brief report from NASA on the Jubulani Ball
Goal Line Technology discussion
Psychic Octopus Predicts Germany to beat Argentina (correctly as it turned out)
The Hand of God
USA! USA! USA! etc etc etc
Meet-up Thread, plus bonus awesome Bill Shankly quote
(and as a bonus: This Grauniad Article discusses the Socialism aspect of football too
And finally, a (possibly if true) special bit of good news for Team USA - Bielsa for USA?