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World Cup 2010 Final, Spain Player Profile: David Villa

1. Who is this guy?

David Villa is the main attacker for Spain and should be their only true forward in the starting lineup. He is in the discussion for best forward in the world, a discussion which, when waged by people who follow Spain's top league, typically settles on him.

2. How has he done in this tournament?

David Villa’s been the most dangerous goal scorer in the tournament, currently tied for the competition’s high mark for goals: five. He has scored 72 percent of Spain’s goals including a goal-of-the-tournament caliber effort against Honduras where he split three defenders while coming-in from the left wing and, while cutting back across goal, put a shot into the right corner of goal, falling to the ground while stretching his right leg to shoot the ball from 12 yards out.

3. What’s his role going to be on Sunday?

Villa will be in a central role, playing right along the Dutch back line. The movement of Spains attacker's will see him go wide and drop off the line as needed; however, after a lineup change enacted at the beginning of Spain’s semifinal against Germany, Villa looks set to be the lead attacker in Spain’s formation.

4. Which opponent will be his closest on-field match-up?

Both of the Netherlands’ central defenders - Joris Mathijsen and John Heitinga - will be tasked with cancelling out Villa. Mathijsen is a steady presence in central defense while Heitinga is known more for his versatility and skill than his defensive prowess. Together, they’re considered an area on the Dutch team that can be exploited.

Courtesy of Kirsten Schlewitz at 7500 to Holte - SB Nation’s Aston Villa FC blog:

5. What beer best represents this player?

Prima Pils, Victory - A beer that even those least accustomed to craft beer can realize is special - this one takes the essence of what everyone thinks of as ‘beer’ and distills it into one pretty, earthy, citrusy package.

Kirsten’s entire Pint-to-Pint Matchup, at 7500 to Holte.