5 Things the Netherlands Must Do to Ensure a Successful World Cup in Brazil

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5 Things the Netherlands Must Do to Ensure a Successful World Cup in Brazil
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If things had gone differently during the final of the World Cup in 2010, the Netherlands would have gone to Brazil this summer as reigning world champions.

Despite giving it everything, however, the Netherlands didn’t manage to get a goal in the final and eventually Iniesta scored the winning goal for Spain in extra time.

But even that hard fought second place meant that hopes were high for Euro 2012. Surely, Bert van Marwijk’s men would be able to put on a performance. They were second best in the world, after all.

Things didn’t work out that way. The Netherlands lost all three of their group matches and were subsequently sent home ingloriously. 

Van Marwijk was blamed by many, and unsurprisingly, the Holland boss was soon replaced by managerial heavyweight Louis van Gaal. 

It’s obvious Van Gaal has a rather different football philosophy than Van Marwijk. But what must the Netherlands do to ensure they’re successful during the World Cup in Brazil this summer? 

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