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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 - Friendlies
Huntelaar: "Upset is not the right the word"

1 June 2012

He scored in almost every single game he played for Holland in the past two years, but it has not shown to be enough for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to be a regular in the starting lineup in Oranje. Against Slovakia Bert van Marwijk again opted for Robin van Persie up front, and it will take a landslide to change that situation before the start of the tournament for Holland on 9 June against Denmark. "To be honest, I don't know what I have to do to be first choice for Holland."

And so it looks like Huntelaar, just like he had to during the World Cup, has to settle for a place on the bench. It goes without saying that that is a bitter pill to swallow for the Schalke 04 striker. "Upset is perhaps not the right word. I'm just loaded with questions at the moment," Huntelaar tells DutchdailyTelegraaf. He is unhappy about the situation and weighs every word. "The thing is that Robin and I are, against our wills, becoming the subjectof a national discussion, and every word is blown out of proportions. For the public it's Van Persie or Huntelaar, but I don't want to think that way. It's why I don't want to talk about Robin. I only look at myself and just want to play."

It was remarkable to see on Wednesday that a lineup with Van Persie on the number 10 position behind Huntelaar does not seem to be an option for Van Marwijk. Because when Wesley Sneijder had to come off with an injury against the Slovaks, it was Rafael van der Vaart who came on for that spot, while Huntelaar remained on the bench. "I could draw certain conclusions from that, but I prefer to hear it from the bondscoach himself," Huntelaar says.

But the striker admits that he is getting quite desperate with the situation. Becausehow much better could he have been this season at Schalke and for the national team? "Besides that I train hard and I'm being very positive towards the group. When you still don't get a chance desperation of course is lurking I sometimes surprise myself by still being mentally strong and giving it 100%. Because honestly speaking: I don't know what I have to do to be the center forward of Oranje."


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