ISLAMABAD After relatively slow start to their World Cup campaign Spain has emerged as the World Champion of the Soccer World Cup in South Africa by beating Holland 1-0 in the extra time. This World Cup in South Africa is no doubt is one of the finest World Cups ever played. Despite apprehensions about security and on and of the field comments, the South Africans have successfully organised the world event. All the matches were witnessed by capacity crowds including the local people despite the fact that their team, South Africa, was out of the competition fairly early. The prediction of Octopus (Paul) was once again proved to be right it has already predicted Spain as the world champions. The final was really a treat to watch because the odds were even on either side, which proved to be too costly for the Dutch. On the other hand Spain also missed some crucial chances to gain lead. David Villa twice missed the chance of securing a clear. The entire match was played at a high pace. A total of 10 yellow and a red cards were shown by referee Howard Webb in the final. The Dutch star so far for the tournament, Wesley Sneijder, was kept quiet by the Spainish defence. He was rarely seen throughout the match. Another Dutch front man Robin Van Persie remained off shine throughout the World Cup. Just when it seems the match was heading towards the penalty kicks Andres Iniesta proved his magic and fired a vicious shot pass Holland goalkeeper into the net in the second half of the extra time which proved to be a difference between the two sides. Iker Casillas, the Spainish goalkeeper and captain, was the hero for his stopping two almost certain shots at the goal. He was rightly adjusted goalkeeper of the World Cup. This was one of the most unpredictable World Cups as the so-called big guns failed to come up to the expectations. Teams like France, and the 2006 champions Italy even failed to clear the group stages and were knocked out in the first round. The mighty Brazil, Argentina, England, Portugal were all failed to impress and were beaten in the quarterfinals by relatively weak teams. The Germans had outclassed Argentina by a massive margin of 4-0 in the quarters. While the Dutch beat the tournaments hot favourites Brazil 2-1. Spain at one stage were almost down and out from the World Cup when they beaten in the first group match by Switzerland. David Villa then came to the rescue of his team by scoring in every match till the final to ensure smooth Spainish sailing into the finals. All the four teams, which have reached the semifinals have a star of their own. Uruguay were single-handedly led by their skipper Diego Forlan, and despite being injured in the semis against the Ducth side he played against Germany. Germany had a young and inexperienced team. They played exceptionally well despite all the odds, reached the semis and lost to the eventual champions Spain after a gallant fight. Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski and the gold boot winner Thomas Mueller all played well for the Germans. The Dutch had Wesley Sneijder, (tournaments joint top scorer), Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persei. Spain without a shadow of doubt had the most talented team of the entire World Cup from defence to attack and especially their mid-fielders were outstanding. Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas were all too good for the teams to handle. Their defence had not allowed any team to score except the Swiss. Sergio Ramos and Carles Puyol not only remained rock solid in defence but also created a lot of goal-scoring chances too. Puyols goal from the header against the Germans is one of the best goals of the tournament. Spain are the worthy winners of the World Cup. They fully deserved to be champions of the world. The entire tournament was played in a very positive manner and the credit for holding such a successful and trouble-free World Cup must be given to not only South Africa but also to all of the Continent Africa.