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July 12, 2010 – 12:32 pm

Every time a player falters in the World Cup, the media desperately searches for reasons. And, more often than not, the wives and girlfriends are the first to take the blame.

When England’s Robert Green allowed a brutal goal against the United States in their opening group stage match, there was speculation that Green’s breakup with a Canadian model may have affected his psyche.

And when Spain stumbled in its first game against Switzerland — a stunning 1-0 defeat — there were questions about all-world goaltender Iker Casillas’s girlfriend Sara Carbonero, who is a sideline reporter for Spanish television.

But, Spain did not lose another game in the tournament, and team captain Casillas was quite possibly the day’s most important player, saving two sure shots from Arjen Robben in the second half before Andres Iniesta sealed the 1-0 victory with a goal in the 116th minute.

After the game, the relief on Casillas’s face was palpable, and the first Spanish player to lift the golden trophy didn’t hold back his emotions in his first post-game interview with his girlfriend.

story from and video at: http://sports.nationalpost.com/2010/07/12/no-distraction-here-casillas-plants-one-on-carbonero/#ixzz0tUh9GOBz

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Iker Casillas was born on May 20th, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iker_Casillas

May 20th

5 + 20 +2+0+1+0 = 28 = his personal year (from May 20th, 2010 to May 19th, 2011) = Hero.  Bold.  Daring.

28 year + 6 (June) = 34 = his personal month (from June 20th, 2010 to July 19th, 2010) = Generating a buzz.  Things happen really quickly.  Meteoric.  Rapid rise.  Skyrocketing.  Spreading like wildfire.

34 month + 12 (12th of the month on Monday July 12th, 2010) = 46 = his personal day = Commemorate.  Innocent.

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

Iker Casillas

9259 31193311           47

his path of destiny/how he learns what he is here to learn = 47 = Famous.  Name & fame.  Notoriety.  Name recognition.  (Inter)nationally known.  High profile.  VIP.  Well-known.  Household name.  Public life.  Limelight.  Legendary.  Notable.  Noteworthy.  Eminent.  Prominent. 

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Sara Carbonero was born on November 30th, 1984 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sara_Carbonero

November 30th

11 + 30 +2+0+0+9 = 52 = her personal year (from November 30th, 2009 to November 29th, 2010) = Keen.  Perceptive.  Astute.  Shrewd.  Incisive.  Wit.  Verbose.  Analyze.  Critique.  Criticism.  Gossip.  Rumors.  Tabloids. 

52 year + 6 (June) = 58 = her personal month (from June 30th, 2010 to July 29th, 2010) = Give me a break.

58 month + 12 (12th of the month on Monday July 12th, 2010) = 70 = her personal day = Flexibility.  Handling change.  Multi-tasking.  Juggling.  Coping. 

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Sara Carbonero

1             6     6

 

the most important thing she can do and how she obtains her heart’s desire both = SO = 16 = Surprises.  Shocks.  Instantaneous.  Sudden.  Astonishment.  Astounding.  Spectacular.  Awesome.  Amazing.  Amazement.  Speechless.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.  Predictably unpredictable.  Never shout never.  All of a sudden.  In a flash.  In an instant.  From out of nowhere.  Bolt out of the blue.  Shock to the system.  A real eye opener.  Blown away.  Freedom from the known.  Going where no one has ever gone before.  Life-altering experiences. 

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using the number/letter grid:

1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Sara Carbonero

1191 319265596        58

her path of destiny/how she learns what she is here to learn = 58 = Give me a break.

When her number (58 (her path of destiny)) comes up (it is her 58 month), that’s when she gets to live/experience what she is here to live/experience.  So this is HER month!!!

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July 11th, 2010

The drama that’s captivated the sporting world for a month reaches its climax on Sunday, but for Spain, who will face the Netherlands in Johannesburg for the 2010 World Cup, the journey has lasted over three years.  That’s how long the Spaniards have been the world’s best, and while that’s a status that wasn’t affirmed until two summers past, the expectations that they would end Spain’s World Cup void were cast upon them the second they were crowned Europe’s champions.

Like Spain, the Netherlands have never won a World Cup–though they’ve been on the cusp, having reached the 1974 and 1978 finals.  Unlike Spain, the Dutch don’t carry two years’ worth of expectations into Sunday’s game.  On the contrary, after the Dutch dominated group stage at Euro 2008 only to flame-out in the knockout round, there was a decided same ol’ Dutch feel to it all.  Those were the mixed expectations the Netherlands carried into South Africa, but thanks to an unanticipated change of style, those expectations quickly became inapplicable.

This year’s Dutch team is consistent, stable, if stoic (relative to the days of Total Football), yet it’s a style that’s brought the Netherlands back to the finals, where this year’s team will have a chance to succeed where their more romanticized predecessors failed.

It’s difficult to imagine a better final.

Spain versus the Netherlands, Johannesburg (Soccer City), 2:30 p.m. Eastern, ABC

Where They Stand: The Netherlands come into Sunday’s match perfect, each of their last five wins by one goal, and although they are being criticized for their conservative play, the Dutch are averaging two goals per match, having scored multiple goals in each of their knockout phase games. Their defending, however, has not been as stellar, allowing five goals in six matches.

How They Got Here, Netherlands:

Group F

June 14: Netherlands 2-0 Denmark
46’ – Daniel Agger (o.g.)
85’ – Dirk Kuyt

June 19: Netherlands 1-0 Japan
53’ – Wesley Sneijder

June 24: Cameroon 1-2 Netherlands
36’ – Robin van Persie
65’ – Samuel Eto’o (pen.)
83’ – Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Round of 16

June 28: Netherlands 2-1 Slovakia
18’ – Arjen Robben
84’ – Wesley Sneijder
94’ – Robert Vittek

Quarterfinals

July 2: Netherlands 2-1 Brazil
10’ – Robinho
53’ – Wesley Sneijder
68’ – Wesley Sneijder

Semifinals

July 6: Uruguay 2-3 Netherlands
18’ – Giovanni van Bronckhorst
41’ – Diego Forlan
70’ – Wesley Sneijder
73’ – Arjen Robben
92’ – Maxi Pereira

While that total’s not bad, consider the Netherlands’ counterparts: Spain. The Spanish have allowed only two goals in six matches and carry a scoreless streak of 313 minutes into the final. Spain, however, have shared the Netherlands’ habit of one goal wins, stringing together four in a row, the last three all 1-0 results where Spain was never ahead before the 63rd minute.

Both teams are expect the be at full health and strength for the final, with the Netherlands seeing the return to the lineup of Nigel de Jong and Gregory van der Weil, both of whom were suspended for the semifinal against Uruguay.

Player(s) To Watch, Netherlands: In the formation the Dutch are employing, the most important player is always the advanced midfielder: Wesley Sneijder. The 26-year-old attacker is having his second successive, eye-opening, major tournament. Sneijder’s five goals (tied for tournament lead) and his team’s performance make him one of the leading contenders for the Golden Ball.

Those accolades aside, the Netherlands’ best player is right wing Arjen Robben. He is the one Dutch player that can score when nothing else his working, his left foot the singularly most dangerous weapon in world football. As evidenced by his 18th minute goal against Slovakia in the Round of 16, sometimes all the Dutch need to generate goals is a 60 yard punt to Robben. His ability to turn the match at any moment enables coach Bert van Marwijk to play as conservatively as he has been.

Other players of note for Holland: goalkeeper Maarten Stenkelenburg, central defender John Heitinga and left back Giovanni van Bronckhorst must be more stalwart against Spain’s attack than they’ve shown throughout the knockout stage; the key to protecting them may be defensive midfielders Nigel de Jong and Mark van Bommel, the backbone to the team.

How They Got Here, Spain:

Group H

June 16: Spain 0-1 Switzerland
52’ – Gelson Fernandes

June 21: Spain 2-0 Honduras
17’ – David Villa
51’ – David Villa

June 25: Chile 1-2 Spain
24’ – David Villa
37’ – Andres Iniesta
47’ – Rodrigo Millar

Round of 16

June 29: Spain 1-0 Portugal
63’ – David Villa

Quarterfinals

July 3: Paraguay 0-1 Spain
83’ – David Villa

Semifinals

July 7: Germany 0-1 Spain
73’ – Carles Puyol

Player(s) To Watch, Spain: What Robben is to the Dutch, forward David Villa is to the Spanish, but whereas the Netherlands has advanced to the final without dominant play from Robben (who has supplied only two of their twelve goals), the Spanish are hapless without Villa. Of Spain’s seven goals in the tournament, Villa has scored five and assisted on one (he seventh was off a corner kick). Every open play goal Spain’s recorded in the tournament has had Villa at its center.

But if Villa is Spain’s most dangerous player, Xavi Hernandez is their most important.  In some ways, he is to Spain and Barcelona’s variety of Total Football what Johan Cruyff was to the Clockwork Orange’s: the player around whom everything is build and all the success depends. Hernandez leads the tournament in completed passes (still ahead of Bastian Schweinsteiger despite the German having now played an extra match), and given the margin by which Spain has been winning their matches, it’s confoudning to think of where La Roja would be were Xavi not the tournament’s most prolific distributor. Over the last two years, both Spain and Barcelona have built their teams around him, with both Spain and Barcelona finding unprecedented success.

Other players of note for Spain: Deep-sitting midfielders Xabi Alonso and, particularly, Sergio Busquets can stifle the Dutch if they control Sneijder; right back Sergio Ramos has been key to providing Spain with width on the right side, but on Sunday will be marked by notoriously hard-worker Dirk Kuyt; goalkeeper Iker Casillas will have the pleasure of dealing with Robben-plus-Jabulani should Joan Capdevila give the Dutch winger the same room he afforded Piotr Trochowski in the first half of Spain’s semifinal.

Prediction:  While it’s true the Dutch are averaging two goals per match, that’s a statistic that’s been built on opportunism more than skillful play.  Between the own goal(s), a goal off a goalkeeper’s arms, a offside goal allowed and goals scored against sides chasing late, the Dutch have created very few goals of their own accord.  Now, they face a team that’s only allowing a goal everything three matches, one which, as exhibited against Portugal and Paraguay, have found ways to scored against the most ardent defenses.  Having shown against Germany that they are capable of adapting to go around a pair of good central midfielders (albeit, a pair less defensively stalwart than the Dutch’s), Spain should be able to avoid the Netherlands’ strength.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the Spain’s performance against Germany was their ability to raise their game with the quality of opposition.  All the adoration adorned upon the Spanish since their semifinal has made many overlook how well Germany was playing coming into that match (and how much Spain struggled against Paraguay).  Yet, Spain controlled what had been the best team in the tournament.

While the Dutch’s talent combined with the lessons the Germans had to learn (the hard way) could see the Netherlands to their first World Cup, Spain have to be considered strong favorites, and if they show the same determination they exhibited at the onset of their semifinal, the Spanish could give us a Spain 2, Netherlands 0 final.

from:  http://www.sbnation.com/2010/7/11/1563542/world-cup-2010-final-spain-vs-netherlands-preview-long-wait

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Iker Casillas was born on May 20th, 1981 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iker_Casillas

May 20th

5 + 20 +2+0+1+0 = 28 = his personal year (from May 20th, 2010 to May 19th, 2011) = Hero.  Unstoppable.

28 year + 6 (June) = 34 = his personal month (from June 20th, 2010 to July 19th, 2010) = Generating a buzz.

34 month + 11 (11th of the month on Sunday July 11th, 2010) = 45 = his personal day = Intense.  Hardcore.

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