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Debate: Who'll Be Your Player Of Euro '08?

wesley sneijder2 Debate: Who'll Be Your Player Of Euro '08?Euro 2008 hasn’t even started yet, but that hasn’t stopped so many pundits who have been writing off Holland’s chances of success in the tournament. The critics keep on pointing at the Dutch defense as a weakness, but what they’re forgetting is the Oranje’s power in midfield and up front.An integral part of that attack will be Dutch left winger Wesley Sneijder. Born in Utrecht, the 23-year-old midfielder plays his football week-in week-out for Real Madrid. The Dutch winger, who can also play on the right, was such a pivotal player in Real’s success this past season. So often Sneijder floated balls from the left wing into the box with inch-perfect crosses and passes to clinical finishers such as fellow Dutchman Ruud van Nistelrooy, Raul and Robinho — to name just a few.The Netherlands has the difficult task of getting out of their first round group, nicknamed the Group Of Death. Opponents that Sneijder and his teammates will be going up against are Italy, Romania and France.Over at Euro2008Statistics.com, the web site rates “the left-footed strike of the Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder” among the best of the best in the tournament. Capped by his country 43 times (with 8 goals), Sneijder has made 30 appearances for Real Madrid and scored an impressive 9 goals.Left footed players are a rare quality. Just ask England. While the Netherlands are arguably weak in the back, the Dutch should be able to counter that by maintaining more possession in midfield and scoring more goals. Wesley Sneijder, the Dutch winger, will be a key component of Holland’s success.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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One Response to Debate: Who'll Be Your Player Of Euro '08?

  1. samko says:

    my player of euro 08 will be quaresma

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