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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

Sweden no match for Oranje

12 October 2010

Before the match some Swedish players were full of confidence and Ola Toivonen even dared to state that Sweden were favorites to win it. But words are but words and worth very little out there on the pitch. Holland were all over the Swedes from the start and took the lead after only four minutes when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar finished a Van der Vaart assist.

After the explosive start to the game Oranje then shifted down a gear, but still doubled the score when Ibrahim Afellay put his first international goal in the books on the half hour.

Sweden had one chance when Toivonen saw his arched shot go just wide.

Shortly after Holland had to make their first substitution. Dirk Kuyt was replaced by had to come off after he landed awkwardlyon his ankle. Jeremain Lens replaced the Liverpool striker.

In the second half Holland seemed to go goal crazy when Huntelaar and Afellay both scored their second within 15 minutes and Lens saw a fifth Dutch goal denied for offside.

Granqvist's goal then cooled the Dutch Frenzy.

The Dutch victory is an enormous step for Van Marwijk's side on the way to Poland and Ukraine. Holland remain unbeaten and deal a serious blow to Sweden, who were thought to be their main rival in Group E.






4' K. Huntelaar 1-0
37' I. Afellay 2-0
55' K. Huntelaar 3-0
59' I. Afellay 4-0
    4-1 A. Granqvist 69'


    S. Larsson 49'
    O. Toivonen 66'


M. Stekelenburg   A. Isaksson  
E. Pieters   A. Granqvist  
G. van der Wiel   B. Safari 46' O. Wendt
J. Heitinga   D. Majstorovic  
J. Mathijsen   M. Lustig  
I. Afellay   A. Svensson  
M. van Bommel 71' Brama S. Larsson  
R. Van der Vaart   J. Elmander  
W. Sneijder   O. Toivonen 79' M. Berg
D. Kuyt 29' J. Lens P. Wernbloom 54' K. Kallstrom
K. Huntelaar 84' R. Van Nistelrooy Z. Ibrahimovic  

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