Dirk Kuyt will fulfil a childhood ambition if he reaches the World Cup final with the Netherlands.
The powerful striker has helped his team make the last four at SA2010, but admits they will be going home miserable if they lose to Uruguay on Tuesday.
The Netherlands have endured World Cup heartache in the past, suffering defeat in the 1974 and 1978 finals, and also losing on penalties in the 1998 semi final to Brazil.
They have also flattered to deceive on a number of occasions, but Bert Van Marwijk seems to have built a formidable team, so much so they have not been defeated for more than 20 matches. Now the Oranje are just one step away from a third World Cup final, and Kuyt can almost feel the glory.
“We are all so happy and we know how close we are to getting to the final,” he said. “This is something we have dreamed about our whole lives but we know that we have got to be careful and everyone expects us to get there now. We have got a lot of hard work to do. We have got to make sure we stick together and not get too carried away because the semi-final will be the hardest game we play. But we have got a fantastic opportunity.”
Kuyt, 29, scored for the Netherlands against Denmark in the group stages, and is a regular fixture as an attacking right-sided midfielder.