Netherlands' World Cup

Netherlands' World Cup

Webb admits to De Jong error

REFEREE Howard Webb has admitted he should have shown Holland's Nigel de Jong a red card in the World Cup final.

Dutch planning to extend Van Basten's stay as coach

HENK KESLER, the director of the Dutch Football Federation KNVB, has revealed plans to extend Holland coach Marco van Basten's contract until the next World Cup in 2010.

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England could cash in on Portugal's battle with Dutch

IT'S always said that the mark of a good team is if they can grind out victories when they aren't playing that well and I think England are falling into that category at the moment.

Robben's merry men

IT WAS a reversal of the natural order; player interviews reporter. It is Thursday afternoon and we are at the pitch side at the Badenova Stadium in the forests of Freiburg, where the Dutch have based themselves for this World Cup. Arjen Robben is standing in his training top, knee-length shorts and bright orange boots and he is in inquisitive mood.

Holland coach so keen to follow the Van

HOLLAND coach Marco van Basten may be a newcomer to management but he is beginning to realise just how tricky it is. For the last three months, he has publicly supported his main striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, ignoring his time as substitute with Manchester United, his fall-out with Sir Alex Ferguson and the doubts that remain over his Old Trafford future.

Clash of Barcelona team-mates

GIOVANNI van Bronckhorst will offer a smile and a handshake to Barcelona buddy Deco in Nuremberg tomorrow, but the Holland defender admits there is no room for friendship at the World Cup.

Aristocrats Argentina and Holland lock horns again

TWO distinct and distinguished schools of football meet at the World Cup when Argentina face Holland in their final Group C match tonight.

Van Persie and Van Nistelrooy inspire Holland as brave Ivorians denied

HOLLAND secured their place in the last 16 of the World Cup yesterday, withstanding a powerful Ivory Coast onslaught to hold on for a Group C win.

Defence key to Dutch success

THE Dutch may have introduced the world to total football but veteran midfielder Phillip Cocu is banking on a defensive masterclass taking Marco van Basten's men all the way to the final.

Robben's masterclass inspires Holland

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Van der Sar eyes pinnacle of his career

EDWIN van der Sar has admitted he would happily hand back all his medals in exchange for leading Holland to World Cup glory this summer.

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Injury worries mount for Van Basten

DUTCH coach Marco van Basten has no regrets about arranging a World Cup warm-up with Australia, despite having three players injured in the 1-1 draw yesterday.

Van Basten's campaign inspired by advice from notable role model

THINK of successful Dutch sides, and one name always comes to mind: Johan Cruyff, who helped Ajax to win three successive European Cups in the 1970s and pitched the Dutch national team into the 1974 World Cup final.

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