More than 6 million fans came together at the official FIFA Fan Fests, organised by FIFA together with the South African Host Cities and six international cities - with the Final Match having proved to be an outstanding highlight in all South African cities, with a total of 290,000 at the 10 FIFA Fan Fests.
The president of FIFA Sepp Blatter paid homage to Nelson Mandela at the final press conference of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Sandton, Johannesburg on Monday.
“Through this man we opened the door to South Africa to re enter FIFA. Since my first contacts that I had with this man I could see that he had a dream. He had a dream at that time that once he would like to have the World Cup in his home country,” he said.
Spain pipped Holland to clinch the World Cup with a goal on 116 minutes by midfielder Andres Iniesta.
With the match only four minutes away from a penalty shootout, substitute striker Fernando Torres sent in a cross from the left to Cesc Fabregas, who found Iniesta unmarked at the far post to stab the ball into the net.
With the victory Spain reasserted their dominance in world football after they also won the European Cup in 2008.
In a match characterised by tight defending, Holland also had their fair share of chances to break the deadlock during normal time.
Germany won the third place playoff after beating Uruguay 3-2 in a fast flowing and entertaining match in Port Elizabeth on Saturday evening.
Germany took the lead through their young midfielder Thomas Mueller on 19m, but Uruguay soon equalised through Edinson Cavani.
Diego Forlan gave Uruguay the lead for the first time early in the second half, but Germany came back to equalise through Marcel Jansen before Sami Khedira scored the winner with eight minutes to go.
It was the second successive time that Germany finished third after they beat Portugal 3-1 in 2006.
The FIFA World Cup finally reaches its end on Sunday when Spain take on Holland in the final at Soccer City in Soweto.
Holland have maintained a 100 per cent record at the World Cup, winning all six their matches to date, but they were not too impressive in the early rounds.
They were rather fortunate to beat Denmark 2-0 after an own goal swung the match in their favour, while they were not too convincing in beating Japan (1-0) and Cameroon (2-1).