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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
Group E - Qualifications

Van der Vaart unhappy with role on the side

7 September 2010

At the start of this new qualification campaign Rafael van der Vaart hoped he would be a regular in the starting line up of the team of Bert van Marwijk. But on Friday against San Marino he was on the bench. "It's always hard to swallow when you're not in the starting lineup for Holland. Also in a game against San Marino," says the Spurs-player.

Van der Vaart is unhappy with his role on the side: "Even against San Marino I feel as I should start. Especially against such a weak opponent, but in other games as well. But I will not hang down my head. You learn how to deal with such situations. There's no use in being upset about it. Besides the other guys can not help it that I am not in the team."

Before a crowd of 3,000 against a team of eager amateurs Bert van Marwijk still stuck to two holding midfielders. Van der Vaart feels he can play in that holding role as well.

"I have said more often that I can play where Nigel de Jong and Van Bommel play. The coach prefers those two, who are mainly defensive. That's his choice. Perhaps it will happen that I play there. An athlete always wants to play. Sports is about having fun. The people want to be entertained. Nowadays it's all so businesslike. I have always had a playful side to my game, from the moment I started at Ajax, and I do not plan on losing that. As long as it's functional it should be okay."

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