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World Cup final has American appeal

U.S. fans should find familiar themes in a match between Spain and the Netherlands

Originally Published: July 8, 2010
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Sixty-two games down, two to go (including Saturday's third-place game). The international curtain will descend after Sunday's final act: Spain, the best team in the world never to play in a World Cup final, versus the Netherlands, the best team in the world never to win one.

These are concepts -- a mano a mano, winner-take-all finale -- that an American audience should respect. The Dutch national team and its long but frustrating excellence brings to mind those American sports ...

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