2010 FIFA World Cup: With Robin Van Persie on His Game, Holland Looks Strong

Robin SAnalyst IMay 27, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Robin Van Persie of Arsenal and his son waves to the crowd during the Arsenal team appreciation lap after the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Fulham at The Emirates Stadium on May 9, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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The Netherlands are strong title contenders in the 2010 World Cup, with a host of its players in great form.

Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder have had, in my view, the best season of their career at club level. These two are expected to shine in the World Cup for Team Holland, and probably could guide their team to a first World Cup triumph.

However, the lynchpin of Holland's attack is Robin Van Persie. He's finally ready to get out of the shadow of Ruud Van Nistelrooy. Van Persie's major concern over the years has been injuries that hindered his progress.

But now he looks fitter and stronger than ever.

His brace against Mexico, which Holland defeated 2-1 in a preparation match, just indicates the same.

Previously, Mexico troubled England big-time in its friendly against The Three Lions, as the Mexican waves almost demolished the English ship containing the big fishes.

However, Mexico didn't do much to shake the Orange camp of Holland.

Van Persie and Van der Vaart were magnificent. And the Arsenal striker scored both goals, probably indicating what we have in store for the forthcoming weeks.

His accurate shooting could very well shoot Holland past all the hurdles to lift the World Cup for the first time in its history.

The current crop of players are fantastically talented, but sometimes they fail to apply themselves.

Holland need to play consistently good football. Goals aren't going to be a problem with so many attacking players, but defensively, they aren't the strongest.

Having said that, Holland's midfield is one of the strongest amongst all the teams participating in this year's World Cup.

The likes of Sneijder, Van der Vaart, Van Bommel, and De Jong are certainly going to make a big impact.

In the attacking third, Robben, Van Persie, Dirk Kuyt, and Huntelaar are good enough to dismantle any kind of defence. Although Huntelaar's club-form is raising a few eyebrows, his quality shouldn't be undervalued. 

All in all, the Netherlands appear stronger than ever with more than a realistic chance of winning the coveted title.

Van Persie might not be a favourite to win the Golden Boot as of now.

Even so, if his brilliant display against Mexico is anything to go by, then we may find him picking the Golden Boot come the end of the World Cup.

He's at the peak of his career, which has mostly been plagued by injuries, and this is the moment in his life to make a name for himself at the World's biggest stage.

His form for Arsenal during the 2009-10 season, which was again hampered by injury, does send out deal knells for opponents.

Van Persie's impeccable first-touch, stunning free-kicks, lethal long-range shots, and surgical precision, should make this World Cup a memorable spectacle for all the Holland supporters.

All the sideshows aside, there is also a small matter of winning the Cup, and the icing on the cake would be a Golden Boot for Van Persie.