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Spain: A love story

Updated: July 9, 2010, 7:10 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

Long before a psychic octopus and the greatest player in Dutch history, Johan Cruyff, planted their 10 appendages on the Spanish bandwagon, I picked Spain to win the tournament. How long before? Well, 28 years ago, to be exact. Ever since my father -- who had instilled in me a love of soccer from the time I was able to juggle a pacifier with both feet -- bought me a red jersey with yellow trim to wear with pride at the 1982 World Cup.

This was the first World Cup I had ever attended, ...

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