Holland Light up Euro 2008 with Dutch Delight
Switzerland has so far been covered by a sea of orange during this month’s European Championships as Dutch fans have turned up in unbelievable numbers to cheer on their footballing heroes of this generation.And the footballer’s themselves have performed magnificently as well, producing classy and emphatic victories over World Cup finalists Italy and France in Berne. The quality of their offensive football and counter-attacking has been truly world-class, and their stunned opponents have not been able to muster a good enough response.Their goals have been absolutely fantastic too, with Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Gio Van Brockhorst producing either magnificent individual efforts or finishing off terrific team moves. Their attacking philosophy has been a breath of fresh air for all neutral fans, and manager Marco Van Basten has instilled a way of playing that most coaches are too afraid to put in place in this day in age.All Holland have done is play to their strengths, which only involve going forward. But defensively, they have not done badly at all after only conceding one goal in their two games against two of world football’s heavyweight nations. Nobody can now rule out the fact that the Dutch will be extremely strong challengers for the Euro 2008 trophy at the end of the month, and they have certainly been the best team in the tournament so far.And in fact I tipped Holland to win Group C before the competition began, which at the time was quite a surprising prediction to most people. My article in which I stated my belief that Holland could do well received much criticism and many readers left comments saying they thought my thoughts would turn out to be very, very wrong.Here is the article. I am just glad my prediction has proved a lot of people wrong, and I am even more pleased that I can look forward to watching some more breathtaking football from the current best performers in Europe.