World Cup Preview: Holland


Times have changed at Holland. This is a very different Dutch side that lost the last World Cup final, can they go one better this time around?

Most signs point to no. Many of the stars of 2010 are either past their best or have left the squad. Only five of the 11 that started the 2010 final in Johannesburg have made the 23 man squad this time around with all members of the back five being new faces.

Robin Van Persie is one man who is still around but he has not had the best season, scoring just 12 whereas he scored over double that last season. 

His new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal may also be distracted by his impending role in England, something Sven Goran Eriksson admitted in his autobiography he had a problem with in 2006 when he knew he was leaving after the World Cup.

Arjen Robben will fly to Brazil in top form, he scored 11 goals in 28 games for Bayern Munich this season and will be the catalyst of any opportunities the Netherlands create.

The Dutch defense is cause for concern however, the most experienced member being Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar with 24 caps and none of the selected defenders have been to a World Cup.


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