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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

Van der Vaart to replace De Jong

8 October 2010

It is expected that Rafael van der Vaart will replace the suspended Nigel de Jong in tonight's Euro 2012 qualification game in Chisinau against Moldavia. The Tottenham Hotspur-player will be one of two midfielders besides captain Mark van Bommel. De Jong has been dropped from the squad by Van Marwijk for repeated misconduct on the pitch after his rough tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa last weekend.

Van Marwijk did not want to confirm he will start with Van der Vaart after Thursday's training session. "It's not to annoy you guys, but the players will also only hear the lineup shortly before the game," the manager explained.

Van Marwijk also has to come with a creative solution for the left flank now that both Arjen Robben and Eljero Elia are out with injuries. Ibrahim Afellay seems the best candidate for that position.

The presumable lineup:

 

Stekelenburg

 

 

 

 

 

Van der Wiel

Heitinga

Mathijsen

Pieters

 

 

 

 

 

Van Bommel

Van der Vaart

 

 

 

 

 

Kuyt

Sneijder

Afellay

 

 

 

 

 

Huntelaar

 

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