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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
Van Marwijk: "We remained disciplined"

30 May 2012

Oranje lost 2-1 to Bulgaria on Saturday because, thought manager Bert van Marwijk, the players lost their focus in the last half hour of the game. The bondscoach was much happier about that aspect in Wednesday's game against Slovakia (2-0).

"On Saturday we lost our focus after an hour and tried to force things. That's how we put ourselves out of the game. Now we remained disciplined, and in the end we were able to break our opponents," Van Marwijk said after the match. "Had we played another fifteen minutes we could have scored another two."

So Van Marwijk was happy with the result: "This was a difficult game against a tough opponent. They were well organized. It's a matter of being very patient against such opponents."

Van Marwijk started with Afellay and Robben out wide, in stead of Van Persie and Van der Vaart. Especially Afellay was very lively, whereas Robben was constantly forced to go around the outside and cross with his lesser right foot. "With players out wide it's a matter of creating that one on one and rounding the defender. We didn't do that enough today. A victory with some perspective? When our team is well organized, when the defense is stable we have so much creativity in midfield and up front that we can decide games our way. That is our strength and that is what we should start from."






8' Saláta (o.g.) 1-0
75' Van der Vaart 2-0    

Lineup: Stekelenburg, Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Bouma (46' Vlaar), Schaars, Van Bommel, De Jong, Afellay (79' Kuyt), Sneijder (51' Van der Vaart), Robben (83' Narsingh), Van Persie (68' Huntelaar).

Players not used: Vorm, Willems, Strootman, L. de Jong, Boulahrouz, Krul.

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