Since June 11, 32 countries have been shedding their blood, sweat, and tears in South Africa for the glory of winning the World Cup.
When it came down to the semi-finals this week, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and Uruguay fought to advance to the final round. And then there were just two teams left standing: Spain and the Netherlands.
The ultimate showdown -- the first World Cup final to happen in Africa -- will air on July 11 at 2:30PM ET on ABC.
Spain's hero-of-the-moment David Villa reflects on the gravity of the game by saying, "This is one of the greatest moments for Spain, for us to be in the final of the World Cup, it's history. And we want to make more history in the final."
Whichever team that wins is entitled to a sweet bonus pay, and Spain's is the sweetest of them all. If La Roja, the Spanish national team, triumphs over the Netherlands in their country's first appearance ever in the World Cup final round, every player will receive over half a million Euros. Talk about incentive!
But doing so won't be easy. The Netherlands will return to the World Cup final for the first time since 1978 and their coach, Bert van Marwijk, remarks, "It's quite something to have achieved this after 32 years. That only really sank in right at the end of the match when I was sitting there on the bench. But we can't stop here. We have one more match to go."