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Shakira supporting Spain in World Cup final

sports Updated: Jul 11, 2010 00:50 IST

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All through the football World Cup, Colombian singer Shakira was the face of Africa but when it comes to Sunday's final, the pop star will be cheering for Spain.



Shakira, who will be performing at the closing ceremony at Soccer City, is proud of her Hispanic origins and will be supporting the Spaniards against the Dutch.



"I have been enjoying the football World Cup like any other fanatic. And since I am a Hispanic, I will be rooting for Spain. They have been a great team and the kind of football they played this time has been pleasing to eyes," Shakira said.



The 33-year-old singer hoped Paul, the psychic Germany-based octopus, which predicted that Spain would win the final, is proven right.



"I hope the octopus doesn't get it wrong for tomorrow," she laughed.



Shakira, who sang the World Cup anthem "Waka Waka" at the opening ceremony, admitted the World Cup has turned her into a football fanatic.



"I never imagined I would go straight to the sports section in the newspaper. I love the goals I saw from (David) Villa. And I love the way (Spain's Gerard) Pique plays. He's a beautiful defender," she said.



For Shakira, now a self-proclaimed "daughter of Africa," this was her second World Cup, having performed at the 2006 World Cup in Germany as well.



She, however, feels this World Cup has been the best for her. "The FIFA concert was one of the most emotional experiences of my career. These have been one of the happiest months in my life. I never saw so many people smiling and celebrating in unison," she said.