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Netherlands Team for 2010 World Cup

In the 1970’s the Dutch national team was known for mastering the art of Total football and they reached the final of the FIFA World Cup consecutively in 1974 and 1978 losing both to West Germany and Argentina becoming the runners-up at both the World Cups.
Coach Bert van Marwijk hopes to guide the team to the Cup that has eluded them on two occasions despite having the best technique and some of the most multi-talented players in the world.
The Flying Dutchmen have accomplished something the World Cup qualifiers have not seen since 1982, reaching the World Cup finals without dropping a single match point, winning all eight of the games played in the qualifiers. The clockwork orange made quick work of all the teams in Group 9, winning all eight matches to secure their berth at the most important event in the world of football.
After Edwin van der Saar and Ruud van Nistelrooy retired from international football, Van Marwijk has called on younger talents Arjen Robben, Joris Mathijsen, Andre Ooijer, Dirk Kuyt, Mark van Bommel, Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Giovanni van Bronckhorst to to be part of the World cup squad. The Flying Dutchmen have a tightly knit squad with some of the most talented players including Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie apart from the names mentioned above.
Coach Bert van Marwijk has tasted success with other teams before he was given the responsibility of coaching the National team. He guided Feyenoord to the UEFA Cup trophy in 2002 and took on the Dutch national team after his two-year stint at Borussia Dortmund. With support from former players Phillip Cocu and Frank de Boer as assistant coaches, Van Marwijk intends to continue using Marco van Basten’s 4-2-3-1 formation in the World Cup finals as he feels the players are used to the formation.
The fourth place at the FIFA World Cup 1998, the Dutch team looks forward to finally getting their hands on the most coveted football trophy in the world, with an impeccable run through the qualifiers which they intend to carry on through the finals.
Holland Football Team/Squad for FIFA World Cup 2010
The Pre-World Cup list of players for Netherlands is given below.
Maarten Stekelenburg
Michel Vorm
Sander Boschker
Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Captain)
 Left back / Defensive midfielder
Ron Vlaar
 Centre back
Gregory van der Wiel
 Right back
Vurnon Anita
 Left back, Midfielder
André Ooijer
 Central Defender
Edson Braafheid
 Left back
John Heitinga
 Defender / Defensive midfielder
Joris Mathijsen
 Centre back, Full back
Khalid Boulahrouz
Orlando Engelaar
 Centre midfielder
Ibrahim Afellay
 Attacking Midfielder, Winger
Stijn Schaars
Demy de Zeeuw
 Defensive midfielder
Mark van Bommel
Nigel de Jong
 Defensive midfielder
Rafael van der Vaart
 Attacking midfielder
Wesley Sneijder
 Attacking Midfielder
Jeremain Lens
Dirk Kuyt
 Winger / Striker / Second Striker
Ryan Babel
 Winger, Striker
Robin van Persie
Arjen Robben
 Winger / Forward
Eljero Elia
 Winger, Striker
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Date - Time Venue
14-June 13:30 Johannesburg - JSC Netherlands Netherlands vs Denmark Denmark Netherlands Won by 2-0
19-June 13:30 Durban Netherlands Netherlands vs Japan Japan Netherlands won by 1-0
24-June 20:30 Cape Town Cameroon Cameroon vs Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands won by 2-1
28-June 16:00 Durban Netherlands Netherlands vs Slovakia Slovakia Netherlands won by 2-1
02-July 16:00 Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth Netherlands Netherlands vs Brazil Brazil Netherlands won by 2-1
06-July 20:30 Cape Town Uruguay Uruguay vs Netherlands Netherlands Netherlands won by 3-2
11-July 20:30 Johannesburg Netherlands Netherlands vs Spain Spain
     Spain won FIFA WC 2010 by 1-0

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