World Cup goal scorer with 15 goals. Klose could be back in 4 years but doubtful - at 36 years old. Mueller will be back and will look to solidify what should be the young player of the tournament. Unless the Bayern player goes out and scores 2 own goal and receives a straight red card for mooning
The finals - Holland v Spain: Ah a final between two teams with the "best
Holland has reached this with 6 straight victories, including the 2-1 upset of Brazil. They have not shone offensively but have done what you needed to do to win a game. With De Jong back in the midfield to partner with Van Bommel, the 2 destroying midfielders will be hard for Spain to break down. Sneijder is one of the best players of the tournament and Robben has replicated his fantastic Bayern season, no one has had an answer for him. For Spain they showed a glimmer of all the pre-tournament hype during the semi - finals. The midfield - Iniesta, Xavi, Alonso et al controlled the pace of the match and put tremendous pressure on Schweinsteiger and the rest of the German midfield. Pedro was a good replacement for Torres adding width and pace to the Spanish attack. However there were some situations where Spain was caught on the counter - notably when Ozil broke down the middle and could have been awarded a penalty kick when Ramos clattered into him in the box. Or middle of the second half when Kroos' weak, but framed, attempt was saved by Casillas. Germany did not take advantage of these lapses, Holland will.
Spain will try to pass their way around the Dutch, however the 2 holding Dutch midfielders will be difficult to break down. On the flip side Holland has proven clinical on the break. Not sure the Spanish will be able to contain Robben either. Finally Casillas has been playing better, but I am not sure he is not showing signs of decline.
I need to apologize to my college buddy, Jose, but I think 3rd time is the charm - Hup Oranje.
Holland 2 - Spain 1 a brace from RVP!