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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

Kuyt: "Spanish have a lot of respect for us"

1 September 2010

Dirk Kuyt knows there has been, and still is, a lot of criticism on the way the Dutch national team played in the final of the World Cup in South Africa this summer. But the Dutch forward says that his Spanish team mates in fact had a lot of respect for the way Holland played.

"The Spanish at Liverpool, Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres, have expressed nothing but respect and appreciation for the way we played," Kuyt said.

"Of course there were fouls, but there are always people who are critical. Everywhere I went after the World Cup and during my holidays people were enthusiastic. The way we were received by the Dutch fans was magnificent. That showed they really appreciated what we do. That is the feeling that will stick with me after this tournament."

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