May 14, 2006

And then there were 23

Follow-up to And now from [TBA]

Keepers: Edwin van der Sar, Henk Timmer, Maarten Stekelenburg

Defenders: André Ooijer, John Heitinga, Kew Jaliens, Khalid Boulahrouz, Joris Mathijsen, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Tim de Cler, Jan Kromkamp

Midfielders: Mark van Bommel, Denny Landzaat, Phillip Cocu, Hedwiges Maduro, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder.

Strikers: Dirk Kuyt, Robin van Persie, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Arjen Robben, Ryan Babel.

So that's a no to Barry Opdam (AZ), Nigel de Jong (HSV), Klaas–Jan Huntelaar (Ajax), George Boateng (Boro), Romeo Castelen (Feyenoord).

Thought Opdam was better than any of the other AZ defenders, but well. Didn't expect De Jong to go either, but I guess Maduro is more consistent. Shame about Huntelaar – I'm a PSV fan but really don't think Vennegoor of Hesselink is going to do amazing things (he's the Dutch equivalent of Peter Crouch) – he would have been a better bet than most of the makeshift wingers. Don't care about Boateng or Castelen.

So who's gonna win us the World Cup? Van der Sar – if only because the defence looks rather inexperienced. Cocu – with a last flash of genius – or Van der Vaart – with a first flash of genius. Van Nistelrooy – to reach the goal quotum for this year that Ferguson denied him. Not expecting too much from the young and talented then. At least the orange looks good.

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  1. crap squad

    14 May 2006, 16:12

  2. To some extent, I guess. The only players that seem unmissable in their league squads are Van der Sar, Cocu, Van der Vaart, De Cler, and Kuyt. The rest could all easily be replaced by equal players, whether Dutch or not. But then there isn't much else on the Dutch market. I think Huntelaar should have been there, and Seedorf could make a difference but just isn't a (Dutch) team player. And that's it. No further Dutch glory around.

    But then again, I don't particularly get excited 'bout the World Cup when I read the English squad, or the French squad, announced today. I think Van Basten has done really well on getting a balanced squad, possibly with an eye on the future. It might not do much in Germany, and might not excite the audience as much as Holland can do, but I do think it has some potential.

    14 May 2006, 16:31

  3. Vincent

    van Basten should have taken Castelen, I feel. Kuyt is just not a real right wing attacker, which means van Basten has few options for that position. Your point about an inexperienced defence seems even more valid if you look at the numbers players have been assigned. Judging from this, the first eleven seem to be:

    Robben v Nistelrooy Kuyt

    Cocu van der Vaart Landzaat

    van Bronckhort Boulahrouz Mathijsen Jaliens

    van der Sar

    I feel Ooijer and van Bommel should both play instead of Jaliens and Landzaat. We dont have a crap squad, and I think we should be able to make it to the quarter or even semi final with this squad. But we will see!

    20 May 2006, 16:00

  4. After seeing the horrible match last night, I actually think you're right. Lennon is a revelation (haven't actually seen Tottenham play, so don't know half the players) that might even be better than a not–falling–Robben (someday). Crouch can play football it seems and Walcott can at least hit a ball. As long as Eriksson gets rid of Hargreaves and work out the midfield puzzle, you might actually win this cup!

    26 May 2006, 14:39

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