Pierre Boisrond has followed soccer and the World Cup
closely for many years and also writes for other websites. We at PWC are proud to have him as
a columnist. He will share his views about the past, present and future of
the World Cup.
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Holland in the World Cup final after 32 years
After 32 years, Holland has earned a trip to the 2010 World Cup Final by beating Uruguay 3-2. Sneijder and Robben have shown up to send Uruguay to the 3rd place team. It was a great win for the Dutch. I may not remember 1974 since I was too young at the time. But I did remember 1978 when that ball hit the post in the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires. The Dutch had lost the 1974 and the 1978 World Cup. I always thought the Dutch deserved a world Cup for what they have done for football. They have given us many great footballers, Van Basten, Gullit, Rijkaard, Johan Cruijff and many more. It will be great to see them in this World Cup Final against Spain or Germany. We may not see the Dutch Orange machine in all cylinders in this World Cup; it does not really matter much because after years of disappointments we shall see the beloved Dutch. The Orange Machine are back and we must congratulated them. They played great football. They have sent Brazil home. They beat Uruguay in the Semi-finals. They have taken care their business. Now, we should see them on July 11 in Johannesburg. The people of Netherlands are rejoicing for good reasons. One can never count the Dutch out. Despite my appreciation for the Dutch, I thought Uruguay could have pulled an upset, but deep down, I knew this would have been impossible for Diego Forlan and Company. The Uruguayans have given a great fight and we must congratulate Uruguay as well. However, the Dutch Internationals were sensational in this semi-final game and they are ready to make sure that Holland will win their first world Cup. It does not have to be pretty. All the Dutch care is to bring the world’s most prestigious trophy to Amsterdam.
Sneijder and Robben have driven their national team to the Promised Land. Yes, it is about time. It is about time. The first World Cup final I saw was Holland vs. Argentina in 1978. I was a little boy in elementary school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After 32 years, I will again see Holland in a final, but this time I won’t be in elementary school but Post-Graduate school. As a child, my family members used to tell me about the Dutch Orange machine of 1974 but they did not have to tell me much, I did see the Dutch Orange Machine in 1978 with talented player such as Rob Rensenbrink ; Johan Neeskens; Arie Haan; and the twin brothers, Rene van de Kerkhof, Willy van de Kerkhof. What a team the Dutch had in 1978. Unfortunately they had to face Mario Alberto Kempes and the divine goal post in the Monumental Stadium of River Plate in Buenos Aires. For many years, after that, I’ve seen many talented Dutch players but they could not bring the Dutch back to the World Cup finals. However this time we have Sneijder, Robben, van der Vaart, van Persie, van Bronckhorst who plan to bring this World Cup trophy to the Land Down Under.
I hope the third time will be the charm for the Netherlands. I hope it will be the sweetest for the Dutch who have had their share of world cup disappointments. Congratulations to the Netherlands! Congratulations to Holland! It was fantastic to see the people of Holland celebrating in the Museumplein ( Museum Square). I hope I can also join this celebration with the Dutch on July 11th. If there’s a country that really deserves a World Cup, Holland is that country.
Gelukwensen aan de inwoners van Nederland voor het maken van het aan Def. van de Kop van de Wereld van 2010!
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