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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
Group E - Qualifications

San Marino-Netherlands 0-5

3 September 2010

In a game that seemed to revolve around Ruud van Nistelrooy in more than one way Holland played a compulsory game that they won 0-5. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was the main goalscorer. The match had some decent moments and a great last minute Ruud van Nistelooy goal, but few reasons why we should remember this encounter between two teams at opposite sides of the FIFA World Ranking.

Holland played too predictable and too slow in the first half, but still bagged two goals. Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty after a foul on Huntelaar and then helped Huntelaar to his first of the night.

After the break Van der Vaart replaced Nigel de Jong and that move was an improvement. The new Tottenham Hotspur-player had an assist on Huntelaar's second and also started Huntelaar's third with a brilliant back heel. The assist was of Dirk Kuyt.

It was Kuyt's last contribution to the game, as he was replaced straight after by Van Nistelrooy. The Hamburg striker was a bit to eager at first, moving about too much, but then he assumed his position up front and scored his inevitable goal. A good one, although fully irrelevant but for Van Nistelrooy's ranking in the all time top goal scorer list. Van Nistelrooy has now passed Cruyff and Lenstra to assume fourth place, one goal from Faas Wilkes in third spot and six goals from number one Patrick Kluivert.


0-1 16' D. Kuyt (pen)
0-2 38' K. Huntelaar
0-3 48' K. Huntelaar
0-4 67' K. Huntelaar
0-5 90' Van Nistelrooy


15' D. Simoncini  
  35' H. Maduro
44' A. Valle  
44' M. Berretti  
64' S. Bacciocchi  


    M. Stekelenburg  
A. Valle 61' S. Bacciocchi E. Pieters  
D. Simoncini   G. van der Wiel  
F. Vitaioli   H. Maduro  
C. Valentini   J. Mathijsen  
D. Vannucci   M. van Bommel  
M. Berretti   N. de Jong 46' R. Van der Vaart
P. Mazza   W. Sneijder  
A. Selva   D. Kuyt 68' Van Nistelrooy
Manuel Marani 76' A. Gasperoni E. Elia 59' I. Afellay
M. Vitaioli 83' N. Ciacci K. Huntelaar  


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