Football

An eighth world champion will be crowned

Either Spain or the Netherlands will become the eighth nation to be crowned World Cup champions on Sunday as one team will win their first world title.

South Africa 2010 is slowly becoming a tournament of firsts.

It is the first World Cup on Africa soil. The South Africans are the first host nation to bow out in the group stage. And for the first time, a European nation will win a World Cup outside of Europe.

Here a breakdown of the past World Cup champions: Brazil: 5 world titles — 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 Italy: 4 — 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006 Germany: 3 — 1954, 1974, 1990 Uruguay: 2 — 1930, 1950 Argentina: 2 — 1978, 1986 England: 1 — 1966 France: 1 — 1998.

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