Monday, June 18, 2012

A Promise Never Kept

For England 2002, 2004 and 2006 read Netherlands 2008, 2010 and 2012. Watching the so-called 'golden generation' of Dutch footballers meekly exit the Euros made re recall those European art house films of the late 1970's that were the Friday night post-pub entertainment on TVS or Meridian or whatever the south coast ITV franchise was called back then. A flash of breasts from the female lead would appear every so often to keep the male lead and the male audience interested but ultimately the relationship between actors and audience was never consummated, so it was with the Dutch. An Arjen Robben chance for glory spurned in the World Cup Final was the closest the team in orange ever got to losing their tournament cherry and not for the first time a team was less than the sum of its parts.

Was it simply a case of too many factions within the group or too much similar talent in one team? The debate about whether to field two 'holding' midfielders was long and intense and in the end Bert Van Marwjk decided to drop his son in-law Mark Van Bommel and give in to the majority of Dutch supporters wishes and play Sneijder, Van Persie, Van Der Vaart, Robben and Huntelaar in the same starting line-up playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Unfortunately it meant that the Portuguese playing in a more conventional 4-3-3 formation were able to pick the Dutch off at will on the counter attack and the Dutch began to argue amongst themselves over which of the six attacking players should try and help out the beleaguered defence.  

The Dutch were poor in every game. Poor in the first game because they created so many chances that at one point Robin Van Persie appeared to be so embarrassed at the ease at which they were getting behind the Danish defence that he decided to 'save something for later' and missed chance after chance. In the second match against the Germans the Dutch started well but then the die mannschaft decided to move out of second into third gear and the match was over.

You couldn't help thinking that the Dutch should have taken a note out of CR7's book and showed that they were fully committed to the common cause rather than being fully committed to yet more in-fighting. The shame was that during the pre-tournament friendlies the Dutch had showed that Van Persie and Huntelaar could play in the same team, with RVP out on the right wing, unfortunately come the main event and they bottled it.

4 comments:

oakleyses said...

michael kors outlet online, burberry outlet, coach outlet, coach outlet store online, nike air max, polo outlet, nike air max, kate spade, michael kors outlet online, ray ban sunglasses, tiffany jewelry, christian louboutin shoes, kate spade outlet, chanel handbags, tiffany and co, michael kors outlet, tory burch outlet, burberry handbags, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp outlet, replica watches, nike outlet, christian louboutin uk, longchamp outlet, coach outlet, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet, longchamp outlet, christian louboutin, gucci handbags, coach purses, prada handbags, michael kors outlet online, true religion outlet, christian louboutin outlet, oakley sunglasses wholesale, oakley sunglasses, michael kors outlet store, polo ralph lauren outlet online, prada outlet, nike free, jordan shoes

oakleyses said...

lululemon canada, jordan pas cher, nike tn, hollister uk, nike free uk, air max, louboutin pas cher, new balance, longchamp pas cher, abercrombie and fitch uk, nike air max uk, north face, hollister pas cher, ray ban uk, converse pas cher, guess pas cher, michael kors outlet, polo lacoste, ralph lauren uk, nike air max uk, hogan outlet, timberland pas cher, mulberry uk, true religion jeans, sac vanessa bruno, oakley pas cher, nike roshe, nike free run, sac hermes, burberry pas cher, michael kors pas cher, nike air max, ray ban pas cher, michael kors, true religion outlet, nike blazer pas cher, north face uk, true religion outlet, nike air force, sac longchamp pas cher, polo ralph lauren, vans pas cher

oakleyses said...

giuseppe zanotti outlet, herve leger, soccer jerseys, asics running shoes, ghd hair, lululemon, insanity workout, vans outlet, baseball bats, nfl jerseys, hollister, p90x workout, timberland boots, reebok outlet, hermes belt, north face outlet, abercrombie and fitch, mac cosmetics, iphone 6 cases, valentino shoes, oakley, chi flat iron, nike roshe run uk, nike air max, babyliss, nike roshe run, instyler, mcm handbags, nike trainers uk, nike huaraches, soccer shoes, beats by dre, bottega veneta, ferragamo shoes, new balance shoes, north face outlet, hollister clothing, jimmy choo outlet, longchamp uk, celine handbags, wedding dresses, mont blanc pens

oakleyses said...

ugg boots, pandora charms, thomas sabo, ralph lauren, toms shoes, lancel, nike air max, ugg uk, ugg boots, ugg, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, hollister, hollister, karen millen uk, louboutin, uggs on sale, juicy couture outlet, converse outlet, swarovski crystal, uggs outlet, links of london, montre pas cher, ray ban, ugg pas cher, gucci, wedding dresses, supra shoes, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, replica watches, coach outlet, converse, swarovski, vans, marc jacobs, pandora jewelry, pandora uk, juicy couture outlet, uggs outlet