2014 World Cup: Projecting The Netherlands’ Starting Lineup (March)

2014 World Cup: Projecting The Netherlands' Starting Lineup (March)

Netherlands Starting Lineup
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The Netherlands are considered a favorite to win the World Cup this summer in Brazil. They have the players and the coaching staff to help achieve that goal. Here, I take a look at their best 11 available based on the form of the players and recent success at this level.

Goalkeeper: Tim Krul

Tim Krul Holland Newcastle United
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Goal Keeper: Tim Krul

Tim Krul Holland Newcastle United
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This keeper had one of his best games for club Newcastle at Tottenham earlier in the season when he made several saves to bail out his sleeping defense. In addition, he has played well for his nation and can be the biggest rock in frame for them. He faces the best in the Premier League, which should be enough on the world's stage.

Right-Back: Gregory Van Der Wiel

Gregory van der Wiel Netherlands Paris Saint-Germain
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Right Back: Gregory Van Der Wiel

Gregory van der Wiel Netherlands Paris Saint-Germain
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This 26-year-old right-back plies his trade for the French champions, Paris Saint-Germain. His speed, strength and skill are what make him dangerous up and down the right flank. He is a lock to start in Brazil as long as he stays healthy and keeps up his high form.

Center-Back: Ron Vlaar

Ron Vlaar Netherlands Aston Villa
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Center-Back: Ron Vlaar

Ron Vlaar Netherlands Aston Villa
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The center-back starts every game for Aston Villa in the Premier League and has been a huge part of the Netherlands' recent success. His strong frame and aerial ability make him a much-needed asset for a team that is expected to receive threats in the air and in one-on-one situations. He will be starting for this nation come June.

Center-Back: Bruno Martins Indi

Bruno Martins Indi Netherlands Feyenoord
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Center-Back: Bruno Martins Indi

Bruno Martins Indi Netherlands Feyenoord
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This young man is a brick in the center of the back line. He can defend against skilled players and is strong in the air. 50/50 balls are no problem for him and he has the chance to prove it this summer. Partnering up with Ron Vlaar will also help him enhance his game.

Left-Back: Daryl Janmaat

Daryl Janmaat Netherlands Feyenoord
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Left-Back: Daryl Janmaat

Daryl Janmaat Netherlands Feyenoord
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This man impressed the most during his match against Turkey last year by completely shutting down his man and winning almost every ball in the air. He should get a starting spot and will impress if he does.

Defensive Midfield: Leroy Fer

Leroy Fer Netherlands Norwich City
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Defensive Midfield: Leroy Fer

Leroy Fer Netherlands Norwich City
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This man is tall, strong and is not afraid to tackle opposing players in dangerous situations. In addition, he can even score goals whenever he pushes. He does wear the number 10 for Norwich, but he does drop deep in the midfield to help out and push up when he can. This position should be a lock for him as three attacking midfielders will be in front of him.

Defensive Midfield: Jonathan De Guzman

Jonathan De Guzman Netherlands Swansea City
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Defensive Midfield: Jonathan De Guzman

Jonathan De Guzman Netherlands Swansea City
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With experience from La Liga and the Premier League with Swansea, this man has proven time and time again that he has what it takes to play against the best. He can be the biggest asset to this midfield. He will join the attack when he has to, but he will be playing behind the attacking three for the majority of the games.

Attacking Midfield: Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben Netherlands Bayern Munich
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Attacking Midfield: Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben Netherlands Bayern Munich
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This man scored the game-winner against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final a year ago. In addition, he missed the easiest scoring opportunity against Iker Casillas's Spain in the 2010 WC Final. With both of those memories set to be fresh in his mind, he will lead this team into the tournament with experience, skill and hunger. He is a definite lock if he can manage to stay healthy.

Attacking Midfielder: Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder Netherlands Galatasaray
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Attacking Midfielder: Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder Netherlands Galatasaray
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When he moved to Turkey from Italy, most thought that his prime was well behind him. However, once he hit his full fitness level, regained his old strength and began to show his true attacking abilities, coach Lois Van Gaal had no choice but to give him back his number 10 and starting spot. He will be in Brazil. Count on it.

Attacking Midfielder: Jeremain Lens

Jeremain Lens Netherlands Dynamo Kiev
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Attacking Midfielder: Jeremain Lens

Jeremain Lens Netherlands Dynamo Kiev
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This man proved himself at PSV and is now plying his trade in the Ukraine. Even though that seems like a step down, he is making good money due to his speed, strength and scoring ability from all over the field. He can play in the midfield or down the flanks. He should be a starting member of this tough squad.

Striker: Robin Van Persie

Robin Van Persie Netherlands Manchester United
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Striker: Robin Van Persie

Robin Van Persie Netherlands Manchester United
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He was a sensation at Arsenal and is scoring for Manchester United. As for his nation, he is the very best available up top, so losing his spot is almost impossible. He will be the best option to find on set pieces and his skill will enable him to create his own opportunities as well. Look for him to be the lone striker in the 4-2-3-1 formation.

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