Spain World Champion, Paul Octopus 8 wins, Jimmy Jump Again

>> July 12, 2010

For the first time national team of Spain became the champion of the world after a 1-0 triumph over Netherlands at the FIFA World Cup final match at Johannesburg SA yesterday.

Spain’s winning goal scored by Andres Iniesta at the final 5 minutes in the second half of the extra time in front 89,000 spectators at Soccer City. Consequently, the Dutch joins their 1974 and 1978 team's feat as the World Cup bridesmaids.

In contrast, the wait was finally over for Spain after years of underachieving on soccer's biggest stage. Spain finally joins the World Cup winners alongside Brazil (5), Italy (4) , West Germany (3), Uruguay (2), Argentina (2), England (1) and France (1).

Spain also becomes the first nation since West Germany in 1974 to hold both the European championship and World Cup title simultaneously.

Meanwhile, referee Howard Webb issued 14 yellow cards, including one resulting in a red card for defender John Heitinga that brought Netherlands down to 10 men during second half of extra time.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter handed over the World Cup trophy to Spain’s captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Winning goal's video:


The Octopus

The Octopus known as Paul has made waves in the world’s business for a month. He made six selections over matches involving Germany before the Sunday’s final match. And on Sunday he has successfully predicted the champion of the world! Spain defeated Netherlands. Earlier, he precisely selected Germany as the third place winner over Uruguay.

Paul first developed his abilities during the 2008 European Championship in which he predicted five out of six games involving Germany correctly.

As a result, Paul was suggested to be sent to Iraq to choose between two bitter rivals - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his main challenger, Ayad Allawi - vying to head the new government.

Jimmy Jump

Spanish prankster/joker "Jimmy Jump" who has a history of hijacking events tried to grab the World Cup trophy moments before players were due to walk out at Soccer City for the Final.

He ran in from a corner of the stadium and raced across the field toward the halfway line, where the trophy had been placed on a table. However, he was tackled by a FIFA officer just before he could get to the trophy and was carried away by security guards.

Here is the video:


Jimmy Jump streaker at Eurovision song contest 2010:


Jimmy Jump at Saint Denis - Rugby World Cup Final 2007 Paris:

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