Netherlands Soccer coach

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Philipp Lahm of Germany lifts the World Cup trophy with teammates after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time as FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)SAO PAULO -

Faced with the prospect of the third-place game against host Brazil on Saturday after a disappointing semifinal loss to Argentina, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal has criticized the match as meaningless and ''nothing whatsoever to do with sports.''

''I think that this match should never be played, '' Van Gaal said after his team went out 4-2 in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 deadlock through 120 minutes against the Argentines. ''I've been saying this for 10 years. But anyway, we will just have to play that match.''

The Dutch somehow have to lift themselves one last time at the World Cup. Tired and bitterly disappointed, it won't be easy.

''They can keep it.'' Netherlands forward Arjen Robben replied dismissively to a question on how he felt about playing for third. ''Only one prize counts and that is becoming world champion.''

Having lost the World Cup final four years ago, the Netherlands attitude is understandable. And although Van Gaal has been campaigning for a decade to get the game scrapped, the Dutch must honor the commitment.

But while the Netherlands players aren't really interested, the Brazil squad sees the game as an immediate opportunity for redemption following a 7-1 humiliation by Germany in the semifinals. That has left one team much more determined to play this match than the other.

''Life goes on, we need to look forward to our next goal, and our next goal is to win the match for third place, '' Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. ''We have to play it. It has become our main goal.''

Far from a main goal, it's an irritation for the Netherlands.

Van Gaal said there were a number of things he didn't like about the match, but the one that really grated with him is that a team faces the possibility of going home off back-to-back losses after doing so well and making the last four of a World Cup. The Brazilians have also had an extra day of rest after their semifinal on Tuesday.

''So that's not fair play either, '' Van Gaal said. ''But the worst thing is, I believe, that chances are that you lose twice in a row. A tournament where you've played so marvelously well, that you go home as a loser just because you could possibly lose the last two matches. So, this has got nothing whatsoever to do with sports, not in my view.''


kingsford waterbay latest transactions

You might also like

One Great Soccer Coach
One Great Soccer Coach
Dutch Football Soccer Coaching Methods & Training Drills
Dutch Football Soccer Coaching Methods & Training Drills
Soccer School Drills | Skills Coaching | Stojan Visser
Soccer School Drills | Skills Coaching | Stojan Visser ...
How to Coach Soccer Like the Dutch
How to Coach Soccer Like the Dutch
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform The Non-Silence of the LAMB ( Adult Family Contemporary Version): Adult Contemporary Version
Book (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
  • ISBN13: 9781456588007
  • Condition: New
  • Notes: BRAND NEW FROM PUBLISHER! 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Tracking provided on most orders. Buy with Confidence! Millions of books sold!
AnneTaylor New Arrival Netherlands Soccer Cheerleader Sexy Babe Nrdzbf-3550-tponjex Case Cover/ Air Ipad Case
Wireless (AnneTaylor)
  • Type: netherlands soccer cheerleader sexy babe design.
  • Easy access all buttons without removing the case.
  • Prevent scratches.
  • Hard tpu case
  • Compatible with ipad air
JoanneJame Joannejame High-end Case Cover Protector For Iphone 6(netherlands Soccer (12) )
Wireless (JoanneJame)
  • Case for iphone 6
  • Case is designed to slide off easily in case you want to change the case color.
  • Customized for your phone
  • Size: perfect fit.
  • Protect your iphone 6 against dust and scratches
JeanBrinson Netherlands Soccer (12) Case Compatible With Ipad Mini/mini 2/ Hot Protection Case(best Gift Choice For Lovers)
Wireless (JeanBrinson)
  • High quality and durable
  • Unique design allows easy access to all buttons, controls and ports without having to remove the skin.
  • Advanced tpu material, light weight, strong and flexible.
  • Keep the warranty on your phone
  • Stylish design
SLuYXZt20744abbYF Tpu Phone Case With Fashionable Look For Iphone 4/4s - World Cup 2010 Netherlands Football Soccer South Africa Teams Grass Fifa People Sports
Wireless (Magen Shedden)
  • Snap-in case adds a splash of color and provides protection from scratches.
  • Precise openings on the protector case to allow access to all controls and features
  • Top quality hard plastic case for iphone 4/4s
  • Simple snap-on installation.
  • 100% brand new.
Netherlands & Man Utd coach Louis van Gaal: Philosophy
Netherlands & Man Utd coach Louis van Gaal: Philosophy ...
Coerver Coaching Netherlands @ Indoor Soccer Events
Coerver Coaching Netherlands @ Indoor Soccer Events

Copyright © . All Rights Reserved