On July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, the Spanish team won the World Cup in South Africa. La Roja was proclaimed world champion after defeating the Netherlands team in extra time. The undisputed star of the match was Andrés Iniesta. Iniesta scored the only goal of the match after a ball rejected by Fabregas. Spain team was World Champions.
The hopes of getting proclaimed world champions, and adding the first star on the shield of Spain were very high. Two years earlier, in 2008, the Spanish team had won, for the first time in its history, a European Championship. The players put on a brilliant, exciting tournament and made an entire country vibrate. They were not always joys for the Del Bosque group. In its debut, Spain lost against Switzerland. This defeat shook the foundations of a team and even an entire country. However, the Red knew how to recover and win the rest of the games with effort and tenacity.
23 heroes and a selector
Iker Casillas, Raúl Albiol, Gerard Piqué, Carlos Marchena, Carles Puyol, Andrés Iniesta, David Villa, Xavi Hernández, Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas, Joan Capdevila, Víctor Valdés, Juan Mata, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, Sergi Busquets, Álvaro Arbeloa , Pedro Rodríguez, Fernando Llorente, Javi Martínez, David Silva, Jesús Navas and Pepe Reina. They were the 23 selected by Vicente del Bosque to play the World Cup in South Africa.
They are and will be the heroes of a Spain in need of triumph. Soccer fans will never forget any of the players who reached the soccer Olympus. 23 players, a generation of footballers who dominated soccer worldwide. Spain had won its first Euro Cup against Germany two years earlier. And he would do it again in 2012, after beating the Italian team 4-0. The Spanish team completed the most successful clico in history by winning three major titles in six years. The road to success has a name, Luis Aragonés. Aragonés opened the path to stardom by winning the first European Championship. And Vicente Del Bosque repeated the feat by winning the World Cup and a new European Championship.