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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

Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football

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."

Euro 2012 campaign - Results, schedule, standings

Holland at European Championships

All time European Championships ranking


Robben: "Hard to grasp"
Van Bommel after defeat: "I'm a little speechless"
Van Marwijk: "In no mood to get negative"
Flat Dutch don't know what to do with 20+ chances
Netherlands-Denmark: lineup
Joris Mathijsen recovering well
Cruyff: "Kuyt at right back"
Mathijsen still uncertain - could miss entire tournament
Holland and Denkmark: head-to-head
Van Persie seems worth the confidence
Van Marwijk again opts for Van Persie instead of Huntelaar
Huntelaar: "Upset is not the right the word"
Ron Vlaar: "I know what I am capable of"
Van Marwijk: "We remained disciplined"
Ibi and Rafa show manager he has options
Ibrahim Afellay Oranje's Zidane?
Van Marwijk looking for certainties
Cruijff: "Not enough depth in your game is asking for trouble"
Bouma: "I've gone through the desert"
Van Persie: "Defeat at this point not a problem"
Euro 2012 finals squad
Mathijsen strains muscle
Bulgarians surprise Oranje
Ola Toivonen's goal sees Sweden beat Holland and qualify
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sinks Moldova
Oranje maintain perfection, beat Finland
Netherlands thrash San Marino in Euro 2012 qualifier
Kuyt kills off brave Hungary for Netherlands
Oranje trash Hungary
Sweden no match for Oranje
Van Marwijk: "We left them without chance"
Dirk Kuyt out for months
"We are prepared for all scenarios"
Minimal but easy win for Holland in Moldavia
Van Marwijk: "We played very well"
Holland want result after tumultuous week
Van der Vaart to replace De Jong
"This case only has losers"
Van Marwijk drops Nigel de Jong
Holland & Moldavia: head-to-head
Holland & Sweden: head-to-head
Wisgerhof replaces Maduro
Bouma back on the radar
Netherlands - Finland 2-1
Van Marwijk: "We were late all over the pitch"
Van Bommel: "There wasn't anymore in it"
Heitinga: "That can not happen"
Van der Vaart unhappy with role on the side
Kuyt and Boulahrouz out with injury
"It all revolves around Jari Litmanen"
Sneijder: "Don't tinker with it"
Alonso: "No hard feelings"
Van Marwijk: "Second half was better"
San Marino-Netherlands 0-5
Oranje: a new mission