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Liverpool attacker Dirk Kuyt has thanked the Dutch public for the reception Holland's players received. Kuyt was surprised by the amount of people who attended a welcome home ceremony for the beaten World Cup finalists in Amsterdam. "I did not know that the Netherlands could be so united, which is unique," said Kuyt. "It's amazing…
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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was delighted with Fernando Torres' show of commitment in Spain's World Cup celebrations. The Spain striker has been the subject of intense speculation over his future throughout the summer with the threat of a £70million Chelsea swoop still at large. But Torres showed his allegiance after Sunday's glorious triumph in Johannesburg…
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says England blew their World Cup by relying too much on Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. While fans in England remain bitterly disappointed at Rooney's failure to reproduce his stunning Manchester United form in a Three Lions shirt, Wenger insists the best sides at the World Cup worked as a team.…
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The record number of yellow cards in Sunday's World Cup final was not the fault of the Netherlands - but Fifa. The claim has come from Oranje midfielder Nigel de Jong. He was lucky not to be sent off against Spain for a chest-high lunge at Xabi Alonso. It was typical of the Netherlands' first-half…
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English referee Howard Webb admits the World Cup final has left him 'physically and emotionally drained'. The Premier League ref handed out 14 yellow cards, two of which saw Netherlands defender Jonny Heitinga dismissed deep into extra-time, as he struggled to control the game. The Dutch heavily criticised the Englishman following the final whistle, accusing…
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Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has criticised Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong following a horror challenge that left Alonso with a broken rib. The aerial challenge by Holland’s de Jong came in the World Cup final on Sunday, which was won by Alonso’s Spain, and the former Liverpool man said it was one of the…
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Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt admits he was ‘totally gutted’ following Holland’s loss to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final. Kuyt worked as tirelessly as ever as the Oranje attempted to break down the pinpoint passing of the Spanish but they came up short and he was clearly disappointed after the match. “It's so frustrating,…
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The Spanish press hailed La Furia Roja's World Cup victory as a uniting force for the country - and criticised the Netherlands. But the papers in the Netherlands put the blame for the Oranje's defeat not on the negative tactics of Bert van Marwijk's men, but at the door of referee Howard Webb. Match-winner Andres…
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World Cup 2010 Final highlights Netherlands vs Spain highlights Venue Soccer City, Johannesburg Sunday, 11 July 2010 kick off:20:30 CET FULL-TIME Netherlands 0-1 Spain SPAIN HAVE WON THE WORLD CUP. Netherlands v Spain team line-ups Netherlands: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst; 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley…
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Spain were crowned champions of the world after Andres Iniesta's late winner. The extra-time goal came during a bad-tempered final that left the Netherlands furious with referee Howard Webb. Iniesta settled South Africa 2010 four minutes before the final whistle when he controlled Cesc Fabregas' pass and volleyed home. Bert van Marwijk led the remonstrations…
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Netherlands legend Johan Cruyff believes that if Del Bosque's men play to their potential they will become world champions. Although the 63-year-old guided Netherlands to the World Cup final in 1974 as a player, he spent over a decade with Spanish giants Barcelona both as player and coach. Credited with nurturing and developing Barca's current…
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Liverpool attacker Dirk Kuyt says there were no concerns over burnout going into the World Cup. Kuyt was an ever-present during Holland's qualifying campaign, while domestically he played 53 games for Liverpool. So how has he managed to continue putting in all-action displays throughout the summer? According to the man himself, all he needed was…