World Cup Blog: Spain Prevails

12 Jul

Editor’s note: Venues Today magazine has hired University of Florida student Philip Costa to write about his trip to South Africa with students from George Mason University

Spain 1-Netherlands 0.

It wasn’t the prettiest game of the tournament.  But, it will be remembered for years to come, as it is the first time that Spain has won the World Cup Finals.  It also marks the end of some amazing games, goals, and sport moments that even the casual soccer fan can appreciate.

However, this tournament represented a lot more than simply what occurred on the field.  Fittingly, Nelson Mandela made an appearance at the final match.  It is hard to imagine South Africa being capable of hosting this event if it were not for his beliefs and forgiveness that the country has adopted.

Before the tournament there were a lot of doubts.  People questioned everything from stadiums being completed on time to the safety of visitors.  Safety was not much of an issue, attendance was nearly double what they anticipated, stadiums and roads were completed, and the tournament was more successful than most expected.  These small victories proved a lot to the residents of South Africa; this past month has given them more confidence and confirmation that they can and will move forward as a nation. Hopefully the rest of the world was able to see this too.

I was very lucky to view and feel this movement first hand.  I hope that my blog was able to pass along some of this hope, as well as information in regards to hosting such an important megaevent.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to upload pictures when I was in South Africa, so I made a short photo gallery to share.  There are some pictures from the local soccer program that we visited, Chili vs. Switzerland, and Cameroon vs. Netherlands.  Enjoy!

http://s766.photobucket.com/albums/xx307/philcosta/SA%20World%20Cup/?albumview=slideshow

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2 Responses to “World Cup Blog: Spain Prevails”

  1. Laura July 12, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Hell yea!!

  2. Liz July 13, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

    Nice. Job.

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