Van Bommel sharpens his studs to greet his former team-mates

The son-in-law also rises, though not as far as captaining the Dutch team. Once Giovanni van Bronckhorst retires after tomorrow's final, the job of leader of the Oranje will be vacant.

Dutch dynasty: The small nation with the big footballing pedigree

Ten straight wins, 25 games unbeaten, that Marco van Basten volley to help win the European Championship final in 1988, and three World Cup final appearances... whatever happens tomorrow at Soccer City in Johannesburg, Holland are currently, and have been for the last four decades, a football phenomenon.

Dutch self-belief is strong enough to deny the artists

Spain's beautiful game may meet its match in Sneijder's steel

Our experts' final predictions

James Lawton, Chief Sports Writer

Most of football is in love with Spain – and for impeccable reasons.

Villa injury may open the door for Torres

Fernando Torres may yet get his wish to start the World Cup final for Spain tomorrow because of lingering fears over the fitness of striker David Villa, who is understood to be worried about a dead leg.

James Moore: Losing Streak (10/07/10)

Today's bets

Holland to win in 90 minutes, 11-4 Wesley Sneijder to score first, 9-1

This world cup has been one for the enemy: my friends in the bookmaking trade are all wearing wide smiles. Which is never something the committed punter likes to see.

The Fans' World Cup Verdict

Pank Overbeek (Netherlands)

27, manager of a Dutch bar in London, originally from Alphen aan den Rijn

We are very excited – I didn't think we would get further than the quarter-finals.

Robben happy to win ugly with Holland

Arjen Robben would be delighted to win ugly in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Kuyt commits to Liverpool

Dirk Kuyt has given new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson some good news by declaring his wish to remain at Anfield.

James Lawton: Dutch heroes on the sidelines will be an inspiration, not intimidation

Van Marwijk didn't pause when asked about the legacy of Cruyff and Krol - 'they are an inspiration'

Maradona rather than Cruyff is the idol behind Van Persie's ambition

As a football devotee, Robin van Persie can tell you the exact moment when, as a child, he fell under the spell of the game. It was when he watched the footage of Diego Maradona lifting the World Cup in 1986, and on Tuesday night he sounded like a man who could scarcely believe that he was one game away from doing the same himself.

James Lawton: Brazil's praise shows this Dutch side has what it takes to win

Lucio tips his Inter team-mate Sneijder to shine in the final

James Lawton: Sneijder's brain power makes difference for sparkling Oranje

In added time there was a moment when all the logic of this game was put into the most severe peril

Farewell Forlan, the reborn star who tamed the Jabulani

T-shirts have been on sale in Cape Town (and probably in Accra as well) to those wishing to support "anyone but Uruguay". Luis Suarez's handling offence in the last minute of the tie against Ghana rendered the South Americans unpopular semi-finalists, when the whole of Africa and much of the world beyond, was desperate to see a team from that continent among the World Cup's last four for the first time.

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