Magnitude of Spain’s World Cup Win
Spain, a nation to this point of underachievers in the World Cup broke through the wall yesterday with its overtime victory in the World Cup final over the Netherlands. The victory made the nation not only world champion but the first to see defeat in its first match and claim the tournament’s top prize.
Italy the defending champions, lost its first match 1-0 in 1994 to Ireland at Giants Stadium and officially drew 0-0 with Brazil in the final losing on a penalty kicks decider. Da Horsey attended both matches, actually all of Italy’s matches across the US on the way to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. 1994’s World Cup pony express included seven cities and 14 World Cup matches. Number 15, a battle of the lowlands between Belgium and the Netherlands was missed when friends said stay in San Francisco for the weekend instead of taking a red eye from San Francisco to Florida for a match the next day.
In Hoboken, Washington Street was littered with fans wearing jerseys of many nations after the final. But the Spanish fans wearing Spain’s familiar red jerseys had a special pride. One we addressed with a simple “Viva!” and a V for victory sign outside Johnny Rockets produced a enthusiastic response in Spanish.
Congratulations to Spain, their fans and the country of South Africa for a great World Cup.
Related: Here’s a story on what it means to Spanish fans here in the Ironbound district of Newark where many Spanish fans gathered to watch the match.
Photo: Spanish fans celebrate in the Ironbound district in Newark. Courtesy NJ.com