Holland – World Cup 2010 – Betting
Manager: Bert Van Marwijk
Captain: Giovanni Van Bronckhorst
FIFA Ranking: 3
World Cup Appearances: 8
Best World Cup: Runner’s-up – 1974, 1978
Holland Team Profile
It’s rare that the Netherlands, or Holland – whichever you prefer – turn up at these major events without their own unique party atmosphere, and the crazy Dutch could meet their match with the locals in South Africa. On the pitch, however, Holland will mean business as their explosive players will look to drive Holland towards their third final appearance in a World Cup and possibly to win the competition for the very first time as well.
Holland have been the bridesmaid on two occasions after twice coming up short in the final of a World Cup; 1974 & 1978. Recently, though, the Dutch haven’t even got close and will seek inspiration only from their 1998 semi-final in France when they came oh so close to their third World Cup final but lost out on penalties to Brazil. They haven’t really had a squad strong enough to mount a genuine World Cup push since though, but 2010 could be different as a whole host of players within the Holland squad are branded as ‘World-Class’ in their own right.
The Dutch fell at just the last-sixteen stage in their previous World Cup, while they were knocked out of the European Championships in 2008 in the quarter-finals. At one stage in those 2008 European Championships, the Dutch looked the real deal, the team everyone had to beat as they stormed through the Group of Death in emphatic fashion. But, however, they failed to deliver when the limelight was on them, and only time will tell if they fall ill to the same fate in South Africa. The group shouldn’t be a problem, they should complete that part of the mission fairly comfortably, but the knock-out stage is where the pressure will mount and Holland, in recent years anyway, haven’t coped at all well with knock-out football. There’s no time like 2010 to better that though…
Nicknames: Oranje, The Flying Dutchmen
Holland Key Players
All three mentioned below are exciting, explosive and exhilarating to watch. To have all three in the same team is breathtaking as the deadly combination of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie means Holland’s biggest flaw, their lack of a world-class striker, is now longer of great concern. All three are immensely talented when it comes to creating chances but they can also score plenty of goals themselves.
Wesley Sneijder has been a revelation at his new club Inter Milan since joining from Real Madrid. He has superb vision; possessing the ability to read, predict and influence the forward play, but he’s also a very good hitter of the ball as well. He’s a player which will look to shoot on sight and when he catches it right, they stay hit.
Arjen Robben is a magician on the ball, weaving in and out of defences with ease, using the quickness of his feet and his flexibility to dodge oncoming tackles. He occupies one of the flanks usually, often making the full-backs next 90 minutes a nightmare, but he’s prone to cutting inside and having a pop and he too is deadly from long range. Robben doesn’t get a lot of back lift with his shots but they fizz through the air at a disturbing rate of knots, often swerving from side-to-side that the keeper has no chance.
Robin Van Persie is one of our personal favourites; such a delicate little footballer, sort of Dennis Bergkamp like in how he goes about playing the beautiful game. His deft touches, jinxing little runs in between defenders and one lethal shot make the Dutch winger one of the best forwards in the modern game. He’s also a fabulous reader of the play, often seeing a move before it’s even happened. Great vision, the ability to pick out and implement the perfect through ball. Add to his game precision like set-plays and you’ve got one talented winger.
At the 2008 European Championships, Holland were shaping up as genuine contenders for the European crown after storming through their ‘Group of Death’ with France and Italy, emphatically beating two recent World Cup winners. The catalyst for their success on that occasion was the manner at which they counter-attacked. They were lightening quick, precise with their passes and emphatic with their finishing. The Dutch really did look a sheer delight to watch, and with some explosive and exciting players within their midst once again, we’re expecting some more quick breakaways in South Africa as they look to make the pace and guile of the three Dutch musketeer’s to good effect; Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie, all of which are more than comfortable when in possession, know how to take on a defender and certainly know where the goal is. Given the chance to run towards goal, either of the three will punish opponents.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is a young lad with plenty of potential and raw talent, but he has his critics despite plenty of room for improvement, with age certainly on his side. He has, however, tried his hand with some of Europe’s biggest clubs, and on some of the biggest occasions, but he’s disappointed massively and there is a big question mark hanging over Huntelaar heading into South Africa over whether the AC Milan flop has what it takes, has enough experience to score the goals Holland need him to score if they are to go far in South Africa.
In fairness, though, there are few strikers available for Bert van Marwijk to choose from, with Huntelaar likely to be the only out-an-out striker travelling to South Africa for Holland. The prolific Ruud Van Nistlerooy has retired, while the forlorn figure of Dirk Kuyt is perhaps the only back up for Huntelaar in that central-forward role.
Holland Qualification for the World Cup
Goals Scored: 17
Goals Conceded: 2
World Cup Potential: 4 / 5
Holland have some explosive players in their midst, players which can really make a difference and have that big game experience from club football. They’re a team jam packed with creativity and forward ingenuity, with the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie all boasting that vital match winning mentality. We aren’t entirely convinced with their defence but it does have more than enough caps to suffice on paper, while a big tournament is needed from wonder-kid Klaas-Jan Huntelaar if the Dutch are to be a big player in South Africa. We feel they can be and they are one of our personal favourites to spring a surprise at odds which would suggest they have only an outside chance of lifting the FIFA World Cup trophy.
Holland World Cup Betting Odds
Holland to win the World Cup (odds before the final): 3/2 – Bet365
Before the World Cup the odds on Holland were 11/1
Official Holland World Cup Squad
Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam)
Michel Vorm (FC Utrecht)
Sander Boschker (FC Twente Enschede)
Khalid Boulahrouz (VfB Stuttgart)
Edson Braafheid (Celtic Glasgow)
Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord Rotterdam)
John Heitinga (FC Everton)
Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg SV)
André Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven)
Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax Amsterdam)
Ibrahim Afellay (PSV Eindhoven)
Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich)
Nigel de Jong (Manchester City)
Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)
Rafael van der Vaart (Real Madrid)
Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar)
Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax Amsterdam)
Eljero Elia (Hamburger SV)
Ryan Babel (Liverpool)
Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool)
Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich)
Klaas Jan Huntelaar (AC Milan)
Robin Van Persie (Arsenal)
last update: 18 June 2010
World Cup 2010 Holland Fixtures – Group E
|Date - Time||Group||Match||Result|
|14/06 - 12.30||E||Holland - Denmark||2-0|
|14/06 - 15.00||E||Japan - Cameroon||1-0|
|19/06 - 12.30||E||Holland - Japan||1-0|
|19/06 - 19.30||E||Cameroon - Denmark||1-2|
|24/06 - 19.30||E||Denmark - Japan||1-3|
|24/06 - 19.30||E||Cameroon - Holland||1-2|
28 June – 15.00 – Round of the last 16: Holland v Slovakia 2-1
02 July – 15.00 – Quarter Finals: Holland v Brazil 2-1
06 July – 19.30 – Semi Finals: Holland v Uruguay 3-2
11 July – 19.30 – World Cup Final: Holland v Spain
World Cup 2010 Group E - Table
|Rank||Team||Matches / Points|
|1||Holland||3 Matches / 9 Points|
|2||Japan||3 Matches / 6 Points|
|3||Denmark||3 Matches / 3 Points|
|4||Cameroon||3 Matches / 0 Points|