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Football final frenzy ahead of epic showdown

Football final frenzy ahead of epic showdown
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Despite Paul the Octopus’ ominous prognosis Dutch fans remain confident of World Cup glory against Spain in the final tomorrow.

In Amsterdam, orange fever has taken over with supporters of the national team grabbing whatever paraphernalia they can.

There were also plenty of tips on the outcome.

‘‘I think the parrot predicted that Holland is going to win and the octopus tomorrow is going on the barbecue,’‘ said one Dutch fan.

There was a sea of orange at the capital’s Schipol airport as fans snapped up extra tickets to South Africa and Paul’s psychic powers were not scaring one Dutch fan dressed in a lion outfit.

‘‘I think the game will be very difficult and I think we will win 2-1 so I think the Netherlands will be the next world champions,’‘ he said.

The Netherlands have come agonisingly close, runners up twice before. Spain has also never won the prestigious tournament, but expectation is high, with the current European champions the bookies’ hot favourite.

One Spanish supporter in Madrid who had just bought a flag said: ‘‘I bought this for me, for my wife, and for everyone who is coming to my house to watch the match because I know Spain is going to win.’‘

In Johannesburg, Spanish fans were also in a buoyant mood ahead of the showdown.

‘‘Of course, we’re going to see Spain as the new world champions. Of course, we are very optimistic,’‘ said another fan.

Last minute arrivals from Europe are still landing in South Africa ahead of Sunday’s epic clash.