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Brussels, 11 July 2010

Statement by Commission President Barroso on the outcome of tonight's World Cup Final

"I would like to express my warmest congratulations to the Spanish football team for its outstanding and well deserved victory in the World Cup. Likewise I heartily congratulate the colourful and joyful fans for the support and enthusiasm they showed towards their team throughout the tournament. I also want to pay tribute to the runners-up, the Netherlands, and to Germany, who came third. Throughout this championship, the European teams were ambassadors of Europe's spirit, energy and openness. At the same time, I am particularly glad to congratulate the African continent and, in particular, South Africa and its people, for providing an ideal stage for a perfectly-run World Cup. This championship was a truly global sporting celebration."

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