I know brother is it is killing me, they let these so-called superstars get away with shit for way too long but that generation with the exception of a few has passed. You should have seen these guys out in Amsterdam, they thought they were the shit and acted like complete arrogant assholes. I actually grew up with a lot of those guys. I played in the Ajax youth system till I was about 14 and switched to basketball - wtf was I thinking?
We have a lot of younger guys now and they are hungry and believe it or not, they actually are starting to play a lot better together. Van Basten is a players coach which can be good or bad. Sometimes I wonder if he should not tighten things up a bit more. This year the team will have a lot more prep time together which should translate into more chemistry and hopefully the bad elements will be identified and shaken off. Also, we have a few inuries that are of concern but we should be healthy. After not even making it four years ago, look for the Dutch to play with a lot of intensity and emotion. I mean, If you cannot get excited and go balls to the walls for your country in a world cup, you should not be allowed to even set foot on a soccer field if you ask me.
But your point is valid. I was encouraged by the team chemistry in the European cup two years ago in Portugal and since then a few more of the old garde “were let go” So we will see but in typical Dutch fashion, we expect do well and win the whole thing!!
Amsterdam Animal wrote:
The WC is the most exciting sporting event in Holland and I am kicking myself for not being there. My dad has tickets to go to Holland’s opening games against Ivory Coast and Argentina.
I know soccer is gaining popularity in the US but I just dont see anyone get as excited about it as I am. One of my best buds is Argentinian and we put our time off requests into our job as soon as the schedule came out.
This is the year the Orange Machine returns to the Dutch glory days of 74 and 78.
I have a ton of orange gear and will be watching every single moment of it!!
So what’s the deal with the Dutch team?
Amazing quality (even the horse-faced diver Ruud!) but they never seem to play FOR one another and it really affects them. If they had a stronger team spirit you feel they would go far.
That said you are definitely in a tough tough group - especially compared to England who have NO excuse for not getting through theirs.