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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

Bouma back on the radar

24 September 2010

Bondscoach Bert van Marwijk has named 24 players to his preliminary squad for the European qualifiers against Moldavia and Sweden. After Holland won their first two group games against San Marino and Finland, the runners up of the last World Cup will resume their campaign on 8 October (20h30 cet) in the Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau.

Four days after that difficult away game Van Marwijk's men face the first real test when they take on Sweden in the Amsterdam Arena (20h30 cet).

After his return to the Eredivisie from Aston Villa defender Wilfred Bouma has been put on the list of 24 players. Bouma played his last game for Holland on 17 June 2008, during Euro 2008, against Romania. He got severely injured in a Champions League qualifier with his club Aston Villa and didn't play a single game in the two seasons that followed. Van Marwijk decided to pick Bouma for his good performances for PSV Eindhoven this season.

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben are still out with injuries. Ruud van Nistelrooy is also part of the squad again after his comeback three weeks ago.

The preliminary squad of 24:
Ibrahim Afellay (PSV), Vurnon Anita (Ajax), Mark van Bommel (Bayern Munich), Khalid Boulahrouz (VfB Stuttgart), Wilfred Bouma (PSV), Eljero Elia (HSV), John Heitinga (Everton), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Theo Janssen (FC Twente), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Jeremain Lens (PSV), Hedwiges Maduro (Valencia), Joris Mathijsen (HSV), Ruud van Nistelrooy (HSV), Erik Pieters (PSV), Stijn Schaars (AZ), Wesley Sneijder (Inter), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur), Piet Velthuizen (Hercules Alicante), Michel Vorm (FC Utrecht), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax) and Demy de Zeeuw (Ajax).

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