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The Netherlands came close to claiming their first-ever World Cup trophy in South Africa. Knocking out the likes of Brazil and Uruguay on the way to the final, the Dutch exhibited some of the tournament's best football.
It seems a shame, then, that their game plan in the final was to try to kick the Spanish players rather than put the ball in the back of the net. Bert van Marwijk's side deservedly lost the final.
In charge now, however, is Louis van Gaal—a man who guided the Oranje to one of the more stellar qualifying campaigns for next year's tournament.
The Dutch won nine and drew one of their ten qualifying matches, scoring 34 times in the process whilst conceding just the five.
And, of course, the man who starred for them during that time: Robin van Persie.
The Manchester United striker top-scored in the Premier League last season, firing the Red Devils to yet another trophy—the Dutchman's first.
Van Persie surpassed Patrick Kluivert as The Netherlands' all-time top goalscorer during their penultimate qualifying match—an 8-1 dismantling of Hungary.
Van Persie had never won the Premier League until last season. And he, along with every other Dutchman to wear the famous orange jersey, has never won the World Cup.
Could his first English league title spur him on to helping van Gaal's side become the first ever Dutch side to win the Jules Rimet trophy?