Netherlands and Spain poised for World Cup Final Showdown

In the rural church of Rev. Paul Vlaar, parishioners and servers alike show their support of their national team by wearing orange. The candles, piano... More Below... Posted by on Jul 11th, 2010 and filed under World Cup 2010.

Netherlands and Spain fans await the World Cup Final. Images from Associated Press

In the rural church of Rev. Paul Vlaar, parishioners and servers alike show their support of their national team by wearing orange. The candles, piano and the pastor’s robes were orange.

His orange-clad flock of 300 listened as Rev. Vlaar started his sermon with a prayer for the Dutch team to gain victory in the much-anticipated World Cup Finals against Spain.

The small congregation is just one small part of a nation’s portrayal of a nation’s overall excitement over World Cup outcome.

“All the things come together,” Vlaar said after the Mass. “There was sport, there was faith, there was love.”

And looking to Spain, the frenzy was just as strong. The reigning European champion is in its first World Cup Final.

Madrid shows its loyalty by decorating with flags. The Cibeles statue was draped with the national flag. This is often the venue for celebration after every Real Madrid victory.

They also set up a humongous TV screen next to the Cibeles, where they expect 250,000 fans will be watching and cheering the match.

“We are going to win the World Cup, how amazing,” said the eighteen-year-old Jose Herrero, wearing Spain’s red and yellow jersey. “It’s the greatest thing that has happened in my lifetime.”

Source: NPR