World Cup Football Boots: Holland
Fifa Ranking: 4
Path Ahead of the World Cup
Holland qualified for the 2010 World Cup with an impeccable record, eight games – eight wins. The Dutch are fancied to do well at the World Cup by many pundits, not just because of their record in qualification but also due to their record in warm up friendlies leading up to the World Cup. Simply put, they are on fire!
Robin Van Persie and Wesley Sneijder.
Arsenal’s loss, seems to be Holland’s gain. Van Persie missed the vast majority of the season with Arsenal, coming back from injury very late in the season. He’s looking incredibly sharp and if he can steer clear of injury, his powerful left foot and the Jabulani football could light the World Cup in a burst of orange.
Wesley Sneijder has had a terrific season at Inter Milan, having lifted the Champions League with them last season. His ingenuity on the ball makes Holland tick, he’s dangerous with free kicks and doesn’t mind getting stuck in when it matters.
Bert van Marwijk is an understated coach without a high profile reputation, but that could change if the Dutch fulfil their potential. He’s adopted a similar line up to his predecessor Marco van Basten, so his players will have consistency. Expect Mark van Bommel to start every match, he’s married to Bert van Marwijk’s daughter.
Prediction: Quarter final exit