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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 - Finals
Netherlands-Denmark: lineup

9 June 2012

There's been a lot of discussion ahead of Saturday's game against Denmark. Van Persie or Huntelaar? Willems or Schaars? Bouma or Vlaar? Or perhaps even Khalid Bouhlarouz? But Bert Van Marwijk seemed to have no such doubts during yesterday's press conference. He knows which 11 players he will field tonight in the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv.

"I have made up my mind," Van Marwijk said during Friday's press conference. "I can't say that it was hard, but I have given it some good thought."

Holland and Denmark: head-to-head

Van Marwijk expects Saturday's game to be much like the opening game of the 2010 World Cup against Denmark. "It will be a tough game, as all games during the finals of a European Championship will be tough."

Friday night Oranje trained in the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv and - like the Danes did - the staff and the players were unhappy about the pitch: "The grass was a bit too long and the pitch was too dry," Van Marwijk said. "But the hotel is good."

Based on Friday's training Holland's lineup will be:

  Stekelenburg  
Van der Wiel Heitinga Vlaar Willems
    De Jong  
  Van Bommel    
  Sneijder  
Robben     Afellay
  Van Persie  

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