World Cup 2010: Day 27 - Players To Watch & More

Germany and Spain prepare to clash for a place in the final.
With Netherlands having booked their place in the final with a narrow victory over Uruguay, Germany and Spain now go head-to-head for the chance to meet the Dutch in Johannesburg on Sunday.

The two sides have enjoyed contrasting runs to the last four, with the Germans winning plaudits for their fluid attacking style, and the Spanish criticism for their failure to replicate the eye-catching performances that saw them crowned European Champions in 2008.

We've got all the information you need on the clash below...

Today's Schedule

  • Preview: In the 20 meetings between these two, Germany have won eight and Spain six
  • Spain's win in the Euro 2008 final was their second success in eight competitive meetings
  • The last time Spain reached the last four of the World Cup was back in 1950
Five Players To Watch Today

Keep an eye out for these ones...

Philipp LAHM

Assured and experienced, Lahm offers intelligence and invention from the full-back position. Comfortable on either side, his quality of distribution and positional sense have made him a key component of the German side. Has linked excellently with Bayern teammate Thomas Mueller in previous rounds.

A prodigious talent, Oezil has burst onto the world stage at this tournament with his polished skill-set and penetrative passing. Of Turkish descent, the playmaker has developed into one of Germany's finest players in his time with Werder Bremen.

Habitually employed in a deep playmaking role alongside Sergio Busquets, Alonso is a vital first pass-maker for the Spanish. His repertoire of passing is genuinely first-class and he is sure to be vital against the Germans. Now highly experienced with 74 caps to his name.

Given the way in which Spain's midfield in drawn into the center of the pitch as it looks to put together neat interchanges of passes, their full-backs are heavily relied upon to provide the team's width. Capdevila has not had the best season domestically but remains Spain's go-to man at left-back.

The statistics don't lie: with five goals and an assist, David Villa has been involved in every one of Spain's six goals. The Barcelona man is probably the world's most complete forward, and his finishing has dragged the Spanish, albeit unconvincingly, into the last four. They will be pinning their hopes on him yet again.

Did You Know...?

Fun Fact:
Germany's current World Cup squad consists of six players with mixed heritage, and another five who were born outside of Germany before naturalizing.


The number of meters that Giovanni van Bronckhorst was from goal when he struck his thunderbolt drive into the top corner against Uruguay.
The number of World Cup goals to Miroslav Klose's name. That total has been accrued from 18 World Cup appearances and leaves the Bayern Munich striker just a goal behind Ronaldo's all-time record.

What We Saw In The Last Matchday...

Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands (report)

The Dutch made it to their third World Cup final after a tense victory over Uruguay. Gio van Bronckhorst put Holland in front with an incredible long-range strike, before Diego Forlan leveled matters with a bullet of his own.

Two quick-fire goals from Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben put the Dutch firmly in control, before Maxi Pereira grabbed one back to set up a frantic finish. Bert van Marwijk's side stayed strong though, and will face either Germany or Spain in Sunday's final.


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