Spain player quotes after World Cup final victory

BY foxsports • July 11, 2010

Quotes from Spain players after Sunday's 1-0 World Cup final victory over the Netherlands:

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''We owe this to the 23 players. We've had 50 days without any incident, it makes you proud to be with these players.'' - Spain coach Vicente del Bosque.

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''This has an incalculable value for Spain.'' - Del Bosque.

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''We have hugely talented players on this team. This success, being world champions, is a success for all of us. I don't think we should focus on Andres (Iniesta) or Xavi (Hernandez).'' - Del Bosque.

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''I can't quite believe it yet. I had the opportunity to score that goal which was so important to my team. It's absolutely incredible.'' - Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta, who scored the winning goal.

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''When I struck it, it just had to go in.'' - Iniesta.

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''I remember (Italy captain Fabio) Cannavaro told me that being world champion doesn't happen every day. This really is quite a cup. The European Championship was the most important moment of our lives, but today is much bigger than anything else.'' - Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

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''I saw that he was coming toward me on his own, I waited, and luckily I stopped the shot with my foot.'' - Casillas on saving Arjen Robben's shot.

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''We knew we wanted to give Spain something to shout about on July 11 and we have done it, what's more with the trophy itself.'' - Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

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''It's all enormous. It's all incredible. In the end we managed to win finals. We won this one after suffering a lot and now it's time to celebrate.'' - Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso.

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''I am very happy to have won it and so proud to be part of this team and this generation of players. We all cried a bit in there. The occasion called for it and now we just have to celebrate.'' - Spain striker David Villa.

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''It was a difficult game, the Netherlands closed down a lot at the back and didn't let us get through. We had some chances that we didn't put away, they had some chances too ... In the end the goal by our kid 'San Andres' means that we're world champions.'' - Villa.

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''This stays with us forever, above all in our memories and we are left with a little star for our shirts which I think football owed us and which here in South Africa it has given us.'' - Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets.

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''I'm proud to be from a country like Spain and I think our country deserved a victory like this and I'm really proud of all the work we've done today in the game.'' - Spain defender Sergio Ramos.

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''I'm very happy, not with my own performance, but I'm leaving with a slightly bittersweet taste on a personal level because I would have liked to have scored a goal, but it wasn't to be.'' - Ramos.


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