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July 12, 2010 03:00 ET

Premiership Tips Correctly Pick Spain to Win World Cup

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) - Spain made history on Sunday evening as they lifted the World Cup for the first time in their history at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. In doing so they became the first World Cup winners on African soil and the first European nation to win the World Cup outside of their own continent.

Shedding the tag of perennial underachievers in the process, Spain become only the third nation to hold both the European Championships and World Cup trophies at the same time, following in the footsteps of West Germany and France.

The final against the Netherlands proved a stern test for Vicente del Bosque's side before Andres Iniesta's 116th minute goal handed Bert van Marwijk his first competitive loss as the Netherlands head coach. In an ill-tempered match that remained tense and short of chances, English referee handed out 13 cards over two hours, including a red card to Johnny Heitinga in extra time.

Premiership Tips correctly picked Spain to win the World Cup before the tournament began. And despite losing their opening game, the Euro 2008 winners never panicked as they ran out Group H winners before winning their four knock out games, each by the scoreline of 1-0.

Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas kept the most clean sheets in the tournament. David Villa's failure to score in the final left him as joint-top scorer with Germany's Thomas Muller, Uruguay's Diego Forlan and the Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder. Villa to win the Golden Shoe was another pre-tournament tip that was paid out as a winner under dead heat rules.

Forlan was voted as the Golden Ball winner for player of the tournament. Muller officially won the Golden Shoe award for having more assists than his competitors. The Bayern Munich forward was the overwhelming choice for young player of the tournament also.

The World Cup has been viewed as both a success and failure depending whose opinion you take. On one side, the colours and spectacle was impressive. On the other hand, there were few games that will go down in the archive as World Cup classics.

Throughout the tournament, Barrie's View was updated with blogs about the 2010 World Cup action and successful bets made time and time again, match after match.

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