World Cup final in quotes

2010-07-12 09:23

What both sides said about a tough clash.

“There is joy of being 50 days with this group of players who have given us the world title. It was a difficult match. We started well, then they got the match under control. In the second half, there was a chance by (Holland’s Arjen) Robben and (goalkeeper Iker) Casillas saved us from the worst. Afterwards, I think that we were slightly better.” – Spain coach Vicente del Bosque

“It’s incredible. What a joy, especially when you see how we won it. There aren’t the words to describe what I am feeling. After my goal, I thought about my family and all the people who I love. But the victory is the fruit of a lot of work.” – Goal-scorer Andres Iniesta

“I said that I would walk the Saint James Way (pilgrimage route) and I will do it. I didn’t say when.” – Iniesta

“The best team won. I am disappointed. It is a world championship and we have just lost a final.” – Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk

“It was sensational, an historic moment for Spanish football. We’re not aware of what we’ve done. We will after some time. It’s what we’ve wanted since we were little. It’s a special moment, much more moving than the European championship... It wasn’t easy but with luck we managed to win.” – Goalkeeper Iker Casillas

“We are angry because we were so close. The referee was slightly more for them than for us. That ultimately cost us the cup.” – Holland’s Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt, blaming English referee Howard Webb, who booked seven Dutch players and red-carded John Heitinga. Webb also yellow-carded five Spaniards.

“This is a historic moment. Many thanks to everyone (in the team), you are the best, I thank you.” – Spain player Cesc Fàbregas

“Everything was great. I feel euphoria, joy, everything positive. What counts is to win the final. It was complicated but we won.” – Spain player Xabi Alonso

“We are world champions, it’s marvellous, We are absolutely thrilled.” – Queen Sofia of Spain

“The final went perfectly.” – Crown Prince Felipe of Spain

“It was a moment of intense joy.” – Princess Letizia of Spain

“We have to be very proud of the team They had us in rapture for a month. We enjoyed their play, even the final. They had good chances, it’s a shame. They will get the tribute next Tuesday that they deserve (in Amsterdam), and we will all see that it is also quite special to have come second in South Africa.” – Dutch crown prince Willem-Alexander

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