The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time last night to win its first soccer World Cup title in a final that set a record for yellow cards.
Spain’s soccer World Cup win “goes beyond sport,” coach Vicente Del Bosque said after his team beat the Netherlands 1-0 to take the title for the first time.
The Netherlands and Spain, which combined for a record number of yellow cards in last night’s World Cup final, didn’t help soccer’s spirit of “fair play,” FIFA President Sepp Blatter said.
Newcastle defeated Everton 2-1 to remain unbeaten and move into second place in English soccer’s Premier League.
Everton and Sunderland tied 1-1 to force a replay of their English F.A. Cup soccer quarterfinal.
Birmingham City moved out of the relegation zone in English soccer’s Premier League with a 1-1 draw at mid-table Everton.
Andres Iniesta emerged from under the bodies of his jubilant teammates as the scorer of the latest-ever World Cup winning goal. The Barcelona midfielder says he didn’t do anything special.
Everton defeated Manchester City 1-0 to drop the English Premier League leader into a tie on points with Manchester United, which beat Stoke 2-0.
Manchester United marked Alex Ferguson’s 25th anniversary as manager with a 1-0 win over Sunderland in English soccer’s Premier League.
"I think the team spirit today was terrific and we were fighting to the last minute."
- John Heitinga on Jan 31, 2012