Netherlands Team Offered Trip to Space If They Win 2014 World Cup

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJune 27, 2014

SALVADOR, BRAZIL - JUNE 13:  Robin van Persie of the Netherlands scores the team's first goal with a diving header in the first half during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Netherlands team are just four wins away from a trip into space after an aerospace engineering company offered an unusual reward.

According to the reports, the incentive was inspired by Robin van Persie's header against Spain, when the Dutch forward leapt high into the air to score a remarkable goal in a 5-1 victory.

Michiel Mol, who co-founded the Ruimtevaartbedrijf SXC company, was quoted by NL Times in the Netherlands (via Who Ate All The Pies):

As a company of Dutch origin, we are mega proud of the achievements of Oranje in Brazil. An unearthly performance deserves an unearthly reward!

We are going to try to take the players literally to a higher level—103 km!

[We'll take] the whole selection of 23 players and of course, Louis van Gaal.

Even if the Dutch win the trophy, the trip will be on ice for a while at least, as the first flights are only scheduled to take off next year.

[Who Ate All The Pies]