Netherlands has unfinished business to attend to at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
After making it all the way to the finals in 2010, the Dutch saw their trophy hopes dashed by Spain. The country has now been to the tournament's final match three different times yet has no hardware to show for it.
This year the squad is ranked eighth in the world by FIFA and breezed through their UEFA qualifying group table. Only Estonia managed to take points from the Netherlands in 10 qualifying matches, as Louis van Gaal's side recorded 28 points and first place in Group D.
As a result, they will be one of the top eight seeds in Brazil next summer, as this tweet from Sky Sports News confirms:
Top eight seeds for 2014 World Cup: Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland, Uruguay/ Netherlands #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 17, 2013
Bayern Munich legend Arjen Robben and Manchester United star striker Robin van Persie are the biggest stars on a roster that will look for contributions from unproven talent, but in terms of headliners, those Dutchmen are two of the best in the world.
Not only is van Persie a star in the Premier League, but he's also surpassed Patrick Kluivert on the list for most goals scored in Netherlands history. This tweet from FIFA.com took a deeper look into the accomplishment:
While Holland doesn't have the star power of a side like Argentina, Germany or Spain, it has a good mixture of veteran and young talent poised to return to form by the time next summer's tournament begins.
We'll track the latest storylines for Dutch players with a chance to make van Gaal's final roster in the slides to follow and also keep you posted on 23-man squad projections and potential starting lineups.