Why Netherlands Are a Better Bet Than Germany at World Cup 2014

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Why Netherlands Are a Better Bet Than Germany at World Cup 2014
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Ah, Netherlands and Germany—something akin to the Montagues and Capulets in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet:" As far as nations being footballing foes, rivalries don't come much more fierce than that between the European pair. 

Next summerbarring the most ridiculous set of unforeseen eventsthe duo will both embark to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup.

And the pair will likely represent Europe's greatest hope—outside reigning champions Spain and European Championship finalists Italy—of coming away from South America with the trophy.

Certainly, Germany's performances in recent years have seen them marked as the coming force of European football, with a plethora of outstanding talent available to coach Joachim Loew.

In contrast, following the Netherlands dismal showing at Euro 2012 under Bert van Marwijk, where they lost each of their three group matches, new coach Louis van Gaal has rejuvenated the Dutch setup, mixing fresh ideas with new personnel.

Therefore, here's a look at reasons why Louis van Gaal's Dutch side may just be a better bet than Die Mannschaft to succeed at next summer's tournament:

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