With the World Cup less than 50 days away, the footballing world will descend on Brazil, let's examine each individual nation, focusing on the nation, likely squad to go, key player, player to watch and the manager. This is focusing on The Netherlands.
The Netherlands in the last World Cup performed well and almost won but their style of play in the final had gained many critics, while a golden chance has past them, it's not impossible to say this could be their time.
The players that could make-up the squad are certainly interesting. It will be tougher to determine what the starting eleven is for a team such as Netherlands.
At the moment who knows what team will be put out for the first group game, but the squad to go will be easier to work out but Goalkeeping wise will be incredibly tough.
The Probable Squad of 23
Goalkeepers - Michel Vorm, Jasper Cillessen, Tim Krul (No.1) is uncertain
Defenders - Gregory Van Der Wiel, Ron Vlaar, Daryl Janmaat, Daley Blind, Bruno Martins Indi, John Heitinga, Erik Pieters
Midfielders - Wesley Sneijder, Stijn Schaars, Siem De Jong, Rafael Van Der Vaart, Nigel De Jong, Jonathan De Guzman
Forwards - Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie, Dirk Kuyt, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Jeremain Lens, Memphis Depay
While this squad is not certain, especially with potentially six keepers to choose from, the additional keepers being Kenneth Vermeer , Maarten Stekelenburg and Jeroen Zoet
Defence isn't certain either with some players not performing well, yet could still be a squad player and others such as Virgil Van Dijk, who has proven to be solid for Celtic, could deserve a chance, while younger players as Jordy Clasie, Luciano Narsingh, Ricardo Van Rhijn, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Maher, could potential take spots too, it is an uncertain time in which squad of players will go.
There will be excitement though.
The Key Player for the Squad will be Robin Van Persie, he is one of the World's best strikers and in major international tournaments has just not had his luck, this could finally be his time to shine and potentially give The Netherlands their first World Cup
The Player to watch is Memphis Depay If he does go and given the chance to shine, it will be evident of why PSV and other teams rate him highly.
His ability on the ball, pace, vision and control plus the chance to be influential especially as a sub, as this season he has blossomed due to the added responsibility on his shoulders and the World Cup will be another chance to develop and fine-tune him as a player on the grandest stage of them all.
The Manager Louis Van Gaal returned in July 2012, his managerial form has been impressive at everywhere he has managed but can he guide The Netherlands to a historic first World Cup, the team is there, the manager is in place, all they need to do is all perform and history could be there's.
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