MADRID (AP) – Spain celebrated the anniversary of its World Cup triumph on Monday, with coach Vicente del Bosque claiming the 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in last year's final had transcended sport in his country.
Andres Iniesta's extra-time winner in South Africa gave Spain its first ever World Cup. The midfielder was convinced his 116th-minute strike would find the back of the net, saying ''I knew it was going to go in. It had to, it was Spain's moment.''
Del Bosque says the victory was important for Spain's image as a ''modern country that is growing'' with its players offering ''a great portrait of our society.''
The triumph was celebrated in newspapers across Spain, which is FIFA's top-ranked team which is also European champion.