Uruguay’s Forlan wins Golden Ball award
JOHANNESBURG — Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has been awarded the Golden Ball as the World Cup’s best player, and Germany forward Thomas Mueller won the Golden Boot as the top scorer.
Forlan ignited his underdog team offensively, leading Uruguay all the way to the semifinals.
Mueller, 20, helped Germany take third place with his five goals and three assists, and he also won the Best Young Player award.
Forlan, Spain striker David Villa and Netherlands playmaker Wesley Sneijder also scored five times, but each had only one assist.
Spain’s Iker Casillas won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper.
Spain goes wild
MADRID — A roaring celebration rocked Spain, with some 350,000 people in the capital’s downtown forming a sea of red and yellow in tribute to the nation’s first World Cup title.
Television shots showed partying in jammed town squares across the country, from Zaragoza in the northeast to Seville in the southwest. The celebrations were easily the biggest in the country in living memory.
Television images even showed crowds waving Spanish flags in the city of Barcelona, where more than 1.1 million protested on Saturday to demand autonomy for their Catalonia region.
In the Netherlands, the mood was funereal. Fans wept and hugged in The Hague at the final whistle and tossed of handfuls of orange confetti into the air that had been intended for a victory party.
Dutch’s ugly loss
Eight Dutch players were shown yellow cards in the final, and defender John Heitinga got ejected in extra time. Even after the final whistle, players from the Netherlands were yelling at the officials.
“Our fouls may be a sad thing for a final, but it is not our style,” said coach Bert van Marwijk. “Yet I would have loved to win it with football that is not so beautiful.”