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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."

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UEFA Euro 2012 Poland & Ukraine - Friendlies
Van Marwijk again opts for Van Persie instead of Huntelaar

1 June 2012

Oranje bondscoach Bert van Marwijk will again opt for Robin van Persie up front instead of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in Saturday's farewell game against Northern-Ireland.

Huntelaar was informed of this decision by Van Marwijk on Friday. "I'm disappointed that he doesn't chose me," Huntelaar told Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad. "Of course I was upset and disappointed, but everyone knows I'm not a quitter."

The manager and the striker have sat around the table for the first time during the training camp in Lausanne, Switzerland. On Friday there was a second chat, in which Huntelaar was told that Van Persie is first choice as center forward.

"They were two very personal talks, and I got angry on both occasions," Huntelaar says. "I am very disappointed that he hasn't picked me. I feel it has all been decided beforehand.

De Telegraaf reported today that Stijn Schaars will be playing at left back, as he did against Slovakia, and seems to have won the battle with Jetro Willems, who started against Bulgaria. Ron Vlaar will profit from the absence of the recovering Joris Mathijsen and Wilfred Bouma and will start as the left center back.

Expected lineup Oranje:
Stekelenburg; Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Vlaar, Schaars; Van Bommel, De Jong; Robben, Sneijder, Afellay; Van Persie

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