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Saturday, June 17, 2006


Ever since I saw that volley (features in BBC article of top Euro moments here), I have been hooked on Holland. However, till now, they have been known as the best team never to win the World Cup. Till now. For 2006 looks like theirs. These are 11 reasons why they will win this World Cup:
  1. Robben will start passing the ball to others instead of doing it all himself, inspite of having the capacity to do that.
  2. Van der Vaart will fully recover and take the right flank.
  3. Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel need EPL or Primera Liga deals. What better time to showcase?
  4. Van Bommel will rediscover why he was sought by Barcelona. And not play like Claude Makelele or Joe Cole.
  5. Marco Van Basten will ask players not to spit on the German team a la friend Frank in 1990.
  6. Holland will finally win a close one against Brazil. Even if it means winning in a penalty shootout. This is because the tournament is in Germany.
  7. Italy will dominate their match against Holland and get two penalties. However, they will miss them and go on to lose in a penalty shootout.
  8. Miroslav Klose might be as boring as Gerd Muller, but there's no Beckenbauer, except for a symbol of moral support in the stands.
  9. Argentina will self-destruct. Van Bronckhorst will give a long pass to Van Nistelrooy in the penalty box. Van Nistelrooy will collect it with an excellent first touch, turn and shoot past the goalkeeper. Just like in 98.
  10. Before you forget, Holland defeated Czech Republic twice in qualifying. However, now that Ghana has shredded the veterans, probably this reason isn't good enough.
  11. I am wearing a Marco Van Basten jersey every match that Holland plays.


Blogger maverick said...

trow, dont think they r gonna win against argentina...so work out the 2nd place position and work on the speculations after that.

Monday, June 19, 2006 4:20:00 PM

Blogger Patrix said...

the best team never to win the World Cup

Couldn't agree more. But this time they seem pretty weak and unlikely to pull off an 'upset'. Although I secretly wish they do what you suggest. Been a big fan of Johan Cryuff.

Monday, June 19, 2006 5:05:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you noticed the way they were vulnerable against Ivory Coast, they dont seem in top form.

The team that is in top form is Argentina but I think they peaked too early. My betis still on Czech Republic/Sweden to take the title this time despit their humiliating early upsets

Monday, June 19, 2006 11:44:00 PM

Anonymous Ripu said...

i dont know wether holland would win or not but i know who should not win, brazil and italy. Brazil coz they are brazil and italy coz they are cynically evil.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 3:10:00 AM

Blogger San said...

Holland? Hmm, I hope not. But, my money's on Brazil and Argentina, that too the latter now that Messi's back. But heart of hearts, being a Pirlo fan, Forza Italia!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 5:21:00 AM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Maverick, Can assure you that it will happen. Argentina is okay. They obviously were sublime against S&M, but that's clearly not as great a achievement as it has been made out to be. In any case, I have covered every other contender (maybe other than Portugal).

Patrix, yes, it's a wish. But I think it's a punt worth taking this time. I have been a big fan of Marco Van Basten and the way he turned the fortunes around in qualifiers gives me hope.

Anon, they don't need to be in top form. By the way, it's possible that Czech Republic will not reach the 2nd round.

Ripu, Brazil vs. Holland is what I would want to see. Because they are Brazil.

San, I hate Argentina. Rest all of your statements are okay.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 6:01:00 AM

Anonymous Kaushik said...

super post. rooting for the dutch all the way.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 6:03:00 AM

Anonymous Sunil B said...

I dont think comment 9 is true.
1. Argentina being in sublime form..no team so far has played better.
2. RVN would be caught offside when he gets that long pass.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006 7:10:00 AM

Blogger illusionaire said...

Hey, when it comes to the NBA, you were for Heat and I was Mavs. But atleast in football we support the same team *GRIN* Me too Holland all the way.

The Arg-Ned was boring, with none of the top players playing or getting an early substitution and the whole tempo of the game nearly put me to sleep atleast 5 times. But then, we ended up not having to face Germany in the quarter finals :-) England is nothing, we can easy trample through them.

Ps. RVN won't get caught offside when he gets that pass... :-)

Friday, June 23, 2006 5:06:00 AM

Blogger Sonam L Kaleon said...

Well bro, despite the optimism i don't think this team has it to lift the cup of glory. Will be happy if i am proved otherwise (big big fan of the chainsmoking,elegant maestro Johan Cryuff...who isn't huh).Some how ego always come before the country for the orange and Robben a fine player that he is but then extremely left footed and obsessed with self glory. Anyway keeping my fingers crossed.

Friday, June 23, 2006 11:02:00 PM

Blogger In The Shadows said...

Well, they were much better in 98 than they are now, I must say.

BTW, Holland is out.. They lost to Portugal. And both got too physical. Portugal is the dark horse this time, they may crash out any time, but they may carry on to the final. (They have very few chances of getting the cup though)

Portugal lost Deco and Costinho in the next match. I hope C Ronaldo is up and running next match.

Monday, June 26, 2006 3:23:00 AM


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