read about the home-coming of the Dutch national football team earlier this week and thought of putting up some closing remarks about the lost final match against Spain. It was a fricking ugly game after a fairly efficient Worldcup run: I say fairly efficient, as I thought that the Dutch players didn’t show any quality football and relied on too many lucky events to make it to the finals. There were some good moments: I thought Van Bronckhorst was consistent and even scored a goal that would have made it into the list of much discussed ‘best of World cup 2010’ goals if not for that final.

Maybe that’s the point I’m trying to make: In the build-up to the final, it appeared that the foreign press was in favour of the Dutch winning the worldcup, reminiscing the finals of 1974 and 1978. Sadly, of the 2010 World Cup final, the only picture the 2010 final that sticks out is the De Jong karate kick: intentional or not.

On the good side: now might be a good time to start rebuilding a new Dutch national team. Most of the current members of Dutch squad were also involved in the ‘Battle of Nuremberg’.

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