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Spain’s victory proves some things will never change

By David Goldblatt  

A well deserved victory

The early phases of the World Cup reminded us that football is a team game—a point that would not need to be emphasised or examined at any great length were it not for the relentless, shameless individualism and myth-making of the global football industry in general, and sports goods manufacturers in particular. The later stages have offered a different morality play, in which the techniques of organisation, planning and solidity have been put at the disposal of defensive, calculating and occasionally stifling football.…

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