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July 10, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones and Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Johannesburg — This whole world championship thing is nothing new to Dutch Coach Bert van Marwijk. Sure, Netherlands has never won a World Cup. Neither for that matter has Spain, its opponent in Sunday's World Cup final. But during his only year as a player with Holland's national team — he appeared in part of one game — Van Marwijk and his father teamed to win a world championship at the Dutch card game Klaverjassen. "You know your stuff," Van Marwijk complimented a questioner who brought up that fact at Saturday's news conference, which followed a brisk but relaxed hourlong workout by the Dutch team.
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July 10, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones and Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Johannesburg — This whole world championship thing is nothing new to Dutch Coach Bert van Marwijk. Sure, Netherlands has never won a World Cup. Neither for that matter has Spain, its opponent in Sunday's World Cup final. But during his only year as a player with Holland's national team — he appeared in part of one game — Van Marwijk and his father teamed to win a world championship at the Dutch card game Klaverjassen. "You know your stuff," Van Marwijk complimented a questioner who brought up that fact at Saturday's news conference, which followed a brisk but relaxed hourlong workout by the Dutch team.
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May 22, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
If all goes like clockwork, the Netherlands should breeze through the first round of the World Cup, successfully negotiate the knockout stages and be world champion by July 11. Of course, things seldom work out that way for the Dutch. "We will always expect that, until we're in with a chance and shoot ourselves in the foot again," former national team coach Guus Hiddink recently told Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Hiddink should know. In France in 1998, he coached a Dutch team that was well on track to the title when it stumbled at the next-to-last hurdle, losing on penalty kicks to Brazil in the semifinals.
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July 7, 2010 | Grahame Jones
Reporting from Cape Town, South Africa — So, a few more Dutchmen have landed on their feet in Cape Town. It was 358 years ago that the city's founder, Jan van Riebeeck, sailed into Table Bay from Holland, set foot on shore and is believed to have said, "This would be a pretty good place to hold a World Cup semifinal one day." On Tuesday night, his compatriot, Bert van Marwijk, wholeheartedly agreed. The coach of the Netherlands was in fine spirits after the Dutch team's 3-2 victory over Uruguay that earned it a place in Sunday's final, against either Germany or Spain, who play in Wednesday's other semifinal.
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July 7, 2010 | Grahame Jones
Reporting from Cape Town, South Africa — So, a few more Dutchmen have landed on their feet in Cape Town. It was 358 years ago that the city's founder, Jan van Riebeeck, sailed into Table Bay from Holland, set foot on shore and is believed to have said, "This would be a pretty good place to hold a World Cup semifinal one day." On Tuesday night, his compatriot, Bert van Marwijk, wholeheartedly agreed. The coach of the Netherlands was in fine spirits after the Dutch team's 3-2 victory over Uruguay that earned it a place in Sunday's final, against either Germany or Spain, who play in Wednesday's other semifinal.
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June 14, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones and Kevin Baxter
Group E Netherlands vs. Denmark, Johannesburg. Time: 4:30 a.m. PDT. TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision; Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5 and KDLD-FM/KDLE-FM 103.1 Dutch Coach Bert van Marwijk knows he has the players, knows he has the game plan and knows the Netherlands has a realistic chance to go far in the tournament. But Van Marwijk doesn't like the game balls, the condition of the fields and the noise of the vuvuzelas. "The pitches are good and even," he said, "but the foundation is harder than we are used to so it is tougher to keep standing."
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July 5, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
It is one of the most exclusive clubs in all of sports, with a membership of only 17 men. The number would have been 18, but Italy's legendary Vittorio Pozzo had the temerity — some would say the good luck — to win the World Cup twice during the 1930s. That means there are only 17 coaches — nine of whom are still alive — who have led a team to soccer's ultimate prize. By Sunday night, there will be 18. But whether the latest to be admitted to the club will be Spaniard Vicente del Bosque, German Joachim Loew, Uruguayan Oscar Tabarez or Dutchman Bert van Marwijk is up for debate.
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April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: NETHERLANDS FIFA ranking: 3 Overall World Cup record: 16-10-10 Coach: Bert van Marwijk Best performance: Runner-up, 1974, 1978 Overview: Any team containing the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Mark van Bommel, Rafael van der Vaart, Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt, to mention only six players, is bound to be a contender and the Dutch, ranked third in the world, are definitely that. Their problem, historically, has been the strange ability to self-destruct, with the cause generally being internal feuding.
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July 12, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa — It was a night Spain will never forget. And one the Netherlands would do well not to remember. Sunday's World Cup final was supposed to be a display of the subtlety and grace of "beautiful football." Instead, the Dutch destroyed it, displaying all the subtlety and grace of a street fight by earning nine yellow cards and a red card, a record for a World Cup final. And when it ended in a 1-0 Spanish win on Andres Iniesta's goal four minutes from the end of extra time, the winners hugged and wept and danced together on the field in front of 84,490 at Soccer City.
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May 22, 2010
GROUP E NETHERLANDS Coach Bert van Marwijk's Dutch side is ranked fourth in the world and in Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder he has two players who could start for any team in the tournament. Still, the Netherlands has a tendency to self-destruct. The decisive game could be against Brazil in the quarterfinals. DENMARK The Danes' game against Cameroon probably will determine who advances out of this group along with the Netherlands. Jon Dahl Tomasson, with 51 international goals, is the catalyst for Coach Morten Olsen's talented but inconsistent team.
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July 5, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
It is one of the most exclusive clubs in all of sports, with a membership of only 17 men. The number would have been 18, but Italy's legendary Vittorio Pozzo had the temerity — some would say the good luck — to win the World Cup twice during the 1930s. That means there are only 17 coaches — nine of whom are still alive — who have led a team to soccer's ultimate prize. By Sunday night, there will be 18. But whether the latest to be admitted to the club will be Spaniard Vicente del Bosque, German Joachim Loew, Uruguayan Oscar Tabarez or Dutchman Bert van Marwijk is up for debate.
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June 14, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones and Kevin Baxter
Group E Netherlands vs. Denmark, Johannesburg. Time: 4:30 a.m. PDT. TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision; Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5 and KDLD-FM/KDLE-FM 103.1 Dutch Coach Bert van Marwijk knows he has the players, knows he has the game plan and knows the Netherlands has a realistic chance to go far in the tournament. But Van Marwijk doesn't like the game balls, the condition of the fields and the noise of the vuvuzelas. "The pitches are good and even," he said, "but the foundation is harder than we are used to so it is tougher to keep standing."
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May 22, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
If all goes like clockwork, the Netherlands should breeze through the first round of the World Cup, successfully negotiate the knockout stages and be world champion by July 11. Of course, things seldom work out that way for the Dutch. "We will always expect that, until we're in with a chance and shoot ourselves in the foot again," former national team coach Guus Hiddink recently told Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Hiddink should know. In France in 1998, he coached a Dutch team that was well on track to the title when it stumbled at the next-to-last hurdle, losing on penalty kicks to Brazil in the semifinals.
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June 28, 2010
ROUND OF 16: NETHERLANDS VS. SLOVAKIA Where: Durban. Time: 7 a.m. PDT. TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision. Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5 and KDLD-FM 103.1. The Argentines and the Germans have thrown down the gauntlet. Now the question is whether the Dutch can pick it up and also reach the quarterfinals. It will take a victory over upstart Slovakia, which charged into the knockout round, ousting world champion Italy along the way, behind three goals by forward Robert Vitteck.
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July 5, 2010
SEMIFINAL Netherlands vs. Uruguay: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town. Time: 11:30 a.m. PDT. TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Univision Radio: Sirius/XM, KLYY-FM 97.5 and KDLD-FM 103.1. The Uruguayans have not been to the World Cup final in 60 years, or since their victory over host Brazil in 1950. "We still hold those champions as idols," said Coach Oscar Tabarez. The Dutch have not been there since 1978 and have never won the tournament. "This is a very dangerous game; they are fighters and we have to be very focused," said Netherlands Coach Bert van Marwijk.
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