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"The intellectualisation
of football has
always foundered
on a simple problem-
-the players. Doing
all your most
rewarding thinking
with your feet seems
to dull the philo-
sophical impulse.
Unless, of course,
you are Dutch.
According to legend,
Europeans played
a moronic, muscular
version of the world's
game, until Holland
proclaimed its vision
of total football in the
1974 World Cup,
and enlightenment
dawned."

From:
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
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UEFA Euro 2012 Poland & Ukraine - Finals
Cruyff: "Kuyt at right back"

7 June 2012

Gregory van der Wiel has in the eyes of some been far from impressive at right back for the Netherlands. He is picked for his offensive strength, but criticized for his defensive slip ups. It seems Johan Cruyff has seen this as well and in in an interview with Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad said that if it were up to him (which it is not) he wouldopt for Dirk Kuyt at that position. Kuyt at the moment has to settle for a place as a substitute and Cruyff thinks the Liverpool payer deserves more.

"Why not put him at right back? Most opponents play without a left winger. I believe Kuyt is much better than we all think," says theOracle. "He doesn't even have to change much about his game, just play like he always does and do that a bit more to the back."

Cruyff also had an opinion about the other wing back position: "Does Jetro Willems have enough experience? When he never starts he will not get any. Can Bouma play there? You need more pace at the back."

Besides that Cruyff would also try to form a team that contains both Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the starting lineup.'"Just shuffle things around a bit, try out some things, be adventurous. But Bert van Marwijk is different. He deserves respect for what he has achieved with Oranje. But with his choices he puts a lot of pressure on himself." Huntelaar will not have to hang down his head, Cruyff thinks."You never finish a tournament with the same 11 as you started it with."

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