11 Jul 2010

First African football World Cup will produce new winner

5:24 pm on 11 July 2010

The first football World Cup in Africa will produce a new winner tomorrow morning, when the two greatest footballing nations never to have won the game's biggest prize meet at Soccer City in Johannesburg.

Spain's previous best finish at the World Cup was fourth place in 1950, while the Netherlands came runners up in both the 1974 and 1978 finals.

The captain of the Netherlands team which lost the 1978 final to Argentina, Rudd Krol, says while both teams play a similar style of football, it'll all come down to who can score the most goals.

Krol says during the tournament the Dutch have been more successful in that area, which is where it counts.

The Dutch are on a 25-match unbeaten streak and are hoping to emulate the Brazilian side of 1970 as the only team to have a 100 percent record in both qualifying, and the tournament itself.