[SPAIN-NETHERLANDS] Spain and the Netherlands, two of Europe's great soccer nations, meet for the first time ever in the World Cup when they face off in Sunday's championship game at Johannesburg's Soccer City (TV: ABC/Univision, live, 2:30 p.m. ET). For more on the game and the predictions of Soccer America editors ...
Paul Kennedy:Netherlands 2-1
Ridge Mahoney: Spain 3-1
Mike Woitalla:Spain 2-1
Past World Cup Meetings:
Spain -- 1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Pique, 5-Carles Puyol, 11-Joan Capdevila; 14-Xabi Alonso, 16-Sergio Busquets, 8-Xavi, 6-Andres Iniesta; 18-Pedro, 7-David Villa.
Netherlands --1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2- Gregory van der Wiel, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 8-Nigel de Jong, 11-Arjen Robben, 10-Wesley Sneijder; 9-Robin van Persie.
Referee:Howard Webb (England).
Five things to keep in mind ...
-- The Netherlands heads into the championship game with six wins in six games at the finals. Only Brazil in 2002 won the World Cup with seven wins in seven games.
-- The Netherlands has 14 wins in 14 games if you include qualifying and the finals. Only Brazil in 1970 took the World Cup after winning all of its World Cup games in qualifying and the finals.
-- If Spain wins, it will become the first team to capture the World Cup after losing its opening match at the tournament.
-- Spain has yet to score as many as three goals in any game. No team has won the World Cup without scoring at least three goals in one game.
-- If the Netherlands loses, it will become the first team to lose the first three World Cup finals in which it's played.