After reaching the World Cup final in South Africa in 2010, many saw The Netherlands as the next dream team in European football. Instead, the Euro 2012 tournament is turning into a waking nightmare for the Dutch side.
After a shock 1-0 loss to Denmark in their opening game, the Dutch fell to arch-rival Germany 2-1 in their second match. Now the Dutch are a long shot to go through to the knockout phase.
The Dutch will have to produce a convincing win over a revitalized Portugal in their final group match and will need the loathed Germans to go for the win against Denmark. Barring these longshot circumstances, the Total Football Experiment will end in a Total Football Disaster for Netherlands this June.
As to be expected, there are a lot of whispers surrounding the Dutch team regarding their poor showing.
Here are 10 talking points that have seemingly prevented Dutch delight at Euro 2012 thus far.