Just 150-odd minutes to go until the biggest game in the world. Are you excited? Here are a few things to consider as you wait for the final:

An argument that all soccer fans should root for Holland to lose to Spain.

On the other hand, maybe Spain has made football sterile and boring.

Thirteen World Cup Theses (a dismissal of both of the analyses presented above)

Ballet of Frost (a thoughtful defense of Spain’s playing style)

Maybe this is a battle of different philosophies of football

And maybe this is the World Cup that killed the fixed game plan in favor of fluidity and speed of thought.

And, perhaps more importantly than any of the above prognostications, Paul the Octopus has picked Spain.

Here’s the Guardian liveblog

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