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Quarter Final Video Love

Can you believe that its been almost 48 hours since we put out Brazil in the quarter finals?  I can’t really come to grips with it and I keep smiling.  Can you remember the last time you were impressed by a Dutch team’s fighting spirit?  I certainly can’t and I think that’s why I’m stilling having trouble believing it.  We took on a superpower and beat them.

Okay Mike, let’s have a little perspective.  Brazil weren’t at their best and it was an error that let the Dutch back into the game.  My point is simple.  I thought as soon as Robinho slid home that lovely goal in the tenth minute the Dutch spirit would be broken.  Up to that point they had been happily trundling along content to nudge opponents out of the way.  It was at this point where adversity pummeled the Oranje that I was near certain it was over.

Shame on me for my lack of faith.  Isn’t it a trademark of good sides that all they need is a door left slightly ajar?  At 1-1 there was much to do and through perserverance and determination not only did they get the second goal they needed but their opponents lost their minds a little bit.

With all the talking done let’s sit back and look at some of the history that was intermingled with Friday’s game.

We start with the 2-0 victory over Brazil in 1974; one of the greatest Dutch sides of all time.  Both of these goals, Neeskens and Cruyff, are without a doubt two of the best from the tournament.  Both seem to typify the type of player the scorer was.  Neeskens with a lung busting run into the box going into a hard challenge for the ball and in doing so lifting it over the keeper and into the net.  Cruyff’s mid-air lunging volley captured his outrageous skill.  Notice also some horrific tackling by the Brazilians…

Next we have the defeat to Brazil in 1994.  Essentially a clinic for awful defending.

Here we see the devastating semi-final loss to Brazil on penalties in 1998.  Likely the best team at the tournament the Oranje thrilled the crowds.  The Dutch are most remembered in 1998 for Dennis Bergkamps spine-tingling 88 minute winner against Argentina.

And last but perhaps most significant of all is Friday’s come from behind victory.  Apologies for the abbreviated highlights but FIFA is making it hard to get a decent video.

Obviously the true significance of the victory will be determined as time goes by.  For now all we can do is enjoy the incredible acheivement and hope there is more to come.

  1. Haze
    July 4, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Lets take a look at the results from “the best team” in ’98:

    Game 1: Belgium, 0-0
    Game 2: South Korea, 5-0. Good game, fair enough
    Game 3: Mexico, 2-2
    Game 4: Yugoslavia, 2-1. Yugoslavia missed a penalty close to the end of the game when it was 1-1.
    Game 5: Argentina, 2-1. At one point the score was 1-1 in the second half, with a red card for Numan. Argentina hit the post more than once. Then Ortega was stupid to headbutt Van der Sar. All or nothing goal by Bergkamp avoided extra time.
    Game 6: Brazil, loss after penalties.

    So what do we have? Two draws, three wins (two of them barely), and a loss after penalties.

    Sure Holland was nice to watch but was never convincing, except for the game against South Korea.

    France won all their games and the World Cup. Who was the best team in ’98 again?

    • July 4, 2010 at 8:55 PM

      Ah your logic is flawed my friend. You say “best” and you think results. By that logic the Dutch this year would be the best! But we both know that’s not the case. The best team thus far has been the Germans though they have not always “convinced”. Look beyond the scoreline.

      Think Netherlands in 1974, Brazil in 1982. Maybe even South Korea in 2002!!

  2. Haze
    July 5, 2010 at 6:46 AM

    The fact of the matter is though, that the ’98 team (let’s stick to the topic) was very vulnerable defensively. Your logic is flawed because you only like to see pretty football.

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