The night beautiful football died

Updated: July 11, 2010, 8:42 PM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

JOHANNESBURG -- The Dutch once went through life as beautiful losers. Now they're just plain losers.

The Dutch acquired the moniker by making it to the World Cup final in 1974 and 1978. On both occasions, they played beautifully but ultimately lost despite being the superior team.

The 2010 finalist is not a worthy successor.

There's no honor in losing the way the Dutch did Sunday night. It was Spain that tried to play beautifully. The Dutch tried to counteract ...

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