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Van Basten Stunned as Seedorf Quits Dutch Squad

Clarence Seedorf has remarkably asked to be withdrawn from the Netherlands squad which will take part in this summer’s European Championships in Switzerland and Austria.

In a statement, Seedorf said: “It is a decision that comes after serious consideration and months of reflection. Since my return to the national team, the right conditions have not been created to let me perform at my best and to effectively excel as the team member I always strive to be.”

But coach, Marco Van Basten, will still be very disappointed that such an experienced and quality player has decided to turn his back on the nation ahead of such a big tournament.

He said, “I did not expect this at all.” “I told Clarence I have a lot of respect for him as a person and as a football player, but his mind was already made up.”

Although the Dutch squad will still contain the exciting, young talent of attacking gems Ryan Babel and Robin Van Persie, and the Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt, Seedorf’s loss will still be heavily felt, especially considering his previous experience in such competitions. He is a talismanic figure who could have guided the first team to glorious success, but it is not to be.

Van Basten, however, will still remain hugely confident of this outcome without Seedorf’s presence.

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  1. erik

    June 3, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Well let’s see. If not injured Holland could be quit a surprise with players like Sneijder, van Persie, van de Vaart. Unfortunately Babel misses
    Euro 2008 due to injury.

  2. tampasoccer

    May 20, 2008 at 9:17 am

    In the company of Italia, France, and Romania, and with a controversial and maybe even inept coach such as Van Basten, I think Holland will finish fourth in their group.

  3. Ivan

    May 19, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Seedorf has been a phenomenal player but he has been inconsistent for the last few seasons in the league especially (he was very good in milan’s UCL title run). Van Basten just has issues…the dutch NT in general can’t get to an event without some sort of controversy. The surprising thing about Van Basten is that he tried a few different formations in recent friendlies perhaps to fit Seedorf into the team… The back four on paper doesn’t strike me with confidence but they have been quite strong in qualifying (and yes i understand its only qualifying). They had problems scoring in qualifying though which is a concern considering the talent available is stacked in the attacking front.

  4. Michael

    May 19, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Yeah, good article Sam, I have the 5-minute interview Seedorf did with ESPN’s Derek Rae explaining why he withdrew from consideration for the Dutch squad on my site at English Soccer Talk.

    There’s just a clash of ideologies and philosophies between Seedorf and some of the other veterans on the team and Marco van Basten, who clearly favors the younger players on his roster, and Seedorf didn’t want to be a distraction in camp. Van Basten isn’t “stunned” by this, I don’t care what he says, precedent shows that although he may have picked Seedorf, Seedorf wasn’t going to get a game in the center of midfield and it would’ve been the younger guys like Snejider who would’ve played.

    Here’s the interview, which I posted on Friday:

  5. Sam Dalton

    May 19, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    The writing seems to be a bit bunched together, sorry about that.

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