The World Cup 2010 echoed the European Championships of 2004.
Big-name players failed to play to their potential, and negative football was prevalent for much of the tournament. But this time, at least, negativity did not win out.
Spain's commitment to their uniquely-honed style of football proved fruitful. However, they always looked a slightly inhibited team. Disappointing therefore that they never came up against a very strong team.
One could argue that Germany were strong, but one could also say that they emerged by default, one semi-positive team standing out in a sea of negativity- and were predictably shown up by Spain.
Brazil-Spain would have been a fascinating final. Instead the Dutch knocked out Brazil in a bizarre quarter final practically bereft of constructive football- especially from Holland.