July 11, 2010
World Cup winners’ road to finals went via Cape Town
Spanish supporters in Cape Town for the round of 16 match against Portugal. Photos by Roy Barford
Both teams taking part in tonight’s 2010 FIFA World Cup™ final visited Cape Town during the tournament and will hopefully return to Europe with fond memories of the Mother City.
The Netherlands beat Cameroon 2-1 in their group match at Cape Town Stadium and then returned to Cape Town and beat Uruguay 3-2 in the World Cup semi-final, while Spain eliminated Portugal 1-0 in their round of 16 match in Cape Town.
Many Netherlands supporters have based themselves in Cape Town since the win against Cameroon on June 24 and their presence has added much colour and life to Cape Town’s World Cup atmosphere.
Cape Town residents have shown support for both teams, and there has been a good mix of Spanish and Dutch flags around Cape Town today.
Spain lost their opening match of the tournament against Switzerland, but have since come back very strongly. Key players for them tonight will include David Villa, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and possibly Fernando Torres in the latter stages of the game.
The Netherlands are unbeaten in the tournament so far. Key players for them tonight will be Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben.
Dutch fans in Cape Town