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world cup

After extra time on Sunday night, Spain beat The Netherlands 1-0.

Spain

Spain's win over Germany in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup was doubly satisfying to many. Not only did Spain reach the finals of the most prestigious sporting competition in the world, but it gave a boost of confidence to the beleaguered Mediterranean region. Spain is one of the headliners of what is known as the "Club Med," a group of Mediterranean countries facing a severe economic crisis due to high budget deficits and growing government debt. The year 2010 has been harsh for the Club, with Greece facing a severe sovereign debt crisis that has threatened the financial stability of Europe as a whole, and then with Portugal, Spain and Italy identified as the next dominoes to fall.

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South Korea vs. Uruguay, last 16, Saturday 16:00 [SAST]

In both football and geopolitics, South Korea has exceeded the world's expectations.
Stuck between China and Japan, the giants of Northeast Asia, the Koreans learned
early in their history that speed, flexibility and smarts were critical to survival.
Once freed from Japanese rule following World War II, Seoul benefitted from US
military and economic support, which allowed its assets to blossom.

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