The headlines in Spain’s major newspapers scream euphoria. The word “campeones” features on all of the front pages. El Pais simply hails La Roja as “world champions” while El Mundo writes “champions… and it is not a dream”.
Barcelona’s El Periodico believes Vicente del Bosque’s team “has the world at its feet” after the World Cup became the latest addition to their trophy cabinet, two years after their Euro 2008 victory.
Meanwhile, newspapers in Holland echo the Dutch fans’ bitter disappointment.
Volkskrant laments the fact that “once again, the Netherlands are not the world champions”.
Trouw sees Spain’s 1-0 win as a confirmation of their domination in world football.
The De Telegraaf daily quotes midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who called referee Howard Webb “an embarrassment to the sport” after the Englishman produced 14 yellow cards and sent off Dutch centre-back John Heitinga.
Webb’s card tally is a record for a World Cup final.