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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 Marwijk counters Cruyff criticism

3 September 2010

Dutch Bondscoach Bert van Marwijk respects the opinion of Johan Cruyff, but at the same time disagrees with him. The Dutch legend on Monday wrote in his weekly column that his eyes hurt from watching Holland play, that the team doesn't master position play and that it's all wrong tactically. Cruyff also wondered whether or not Van Marwijk will continue along these lines in the Euro 2012 qualification campaign.

"Spain is used as an example, but they too play with two holding midfielders, no matter who they play," Van Marwijk countered Cruyff.

"Besides that it often happens that in fact Nigel de Jong is the only holding midfielder and that Mark van Bommel plays much higher up the pitch. But many people don't see that, or they don't want to see that."

"People can have a different opinion and see football differently, but it's me who's been appointed by the KNVB to execute it and I am doing so in my own way," said an aggravated Van Marwijk.

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