FIFA World Cup

Holland, Promise Personafied.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 08: Robin van Persie (r) during a Netherlands training session at the Wits Rugby Stadium on June 8, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Ben OakfordContributor IJune 8, 2010

Every time the World Cup comes a knocking i can't help but get excited. World cup fever consumes the nation and even your nan likes to get involved. I retain hope that England can banish past tournament demons and actually make a mark this time around, and with players like Rooney gracing the shirt, one can only dream.

However if England do bow out early i'm going to become a Dutchman for a few weeks!
Ever since i've been watching football Dutch players have fascinated me. In my opinion no other squad posses's so much raw talent, footballing intelligence and natural ability. People will obviously ridicule this statement, the obvious teams, and by obvious i mean teams like Spain, Argentina and Brazil, have their own claims to the title i have given the Dutch, but that doesn't interest me. Players like Van Persie, Schneider, Robben and Van Vaart have all the ability in the world and playing alongside workhorses, such as Van Bommel and Kuyt, They are given the ability to play their own game and explode with creativity.

Its plain to see that Van Persie is a player in four, his recent performances have done nothing more than wet his appetite, whilst Robben, injury allowing, will be flying down the right wing with endless energy. These two, supplemented by the creative flair of the excellent Wesley Schneider and the vision of Rafael Van de Vaart make Holland a very dangerous proposition indeed.

Generation after generation of Dutch teams are blessed with outstanding individuals but team spirit has often been lacking. However this Dutch squad appear to have the cohession lacking from previous squads. The players complement eachother and appear to respect eachother, and whats more, they look like there enjoying themselves!

Van Persie is my tip for the golden boot, and i think theres a strong possibility that South Africa will become their adopted home for the duration of the tournament.

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