There isn’t a more more appropriate song for tonight than the Black Eyed Peas “I got a feeling” because tonight, one of the two greatest footballing nations will join that elite group of seven that have won the World Cup (Uruguay, Italy, Germany, Brazil, England, Argentina and France).
Will it be the Dutch, who are unbeaten in 25 games and desperately want to be third time lucky. If they are, then they will emulate the 1970 Brazil squad who had a 100 per cent record in both qualifying and the tournament itself.
Or will it be Spain, home to arguably the two greatest clubs in football history and who boast a dismal World Cup record having never finished higher than fourth. Their previous best performance was in Brazil 60 years ago. Has their time come, they are after all Euro 2008 Champions.
Strangely, for two of the great footballing nations, Spain and Holland have met only nine times over 90 years of international football, and only three times in championships. Forget the past though, as they meet for the tenth time it will be the big one for them. For one of the teams, their hopes and dreams will be realised and they will go home to a rapturous welcome. I just hope that it is Spain. With the state of the country at the moment we need the sort of boost that a victory would bring.
It is time to get out the lucky pants and hope that they still fit!