After falling in the final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the Netherlands, led by Arjen Robben, Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder, will look for redemption during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Placed in Group B with Spain, Chile and Australia, the Netherlands have a tough task ahead of them. However, the Oranje will have an opportunity for redemption in their first game, as they play the team that defeated them in the final, Spain. Every point will be crucial in Group B because it’s considered one of the most difficult groups in the entire tournament – the Netherlands must get off to a good start.
Although I predicted the Netherlands to win it all in 2010, they have lost some key pieces defensively since their run to the finals. A very talented team, I think that the Netherlands will be able to hold off Chile and possibly get a point against Spain to advance to the knockout stages.
Unfortunately, I don’t see the Netherlands making it past the first or second round of the knockout stages. The attacking prowess of some of the top teams in the 2014 World Cup will rip apart the Netherlands’s defense, causing the team to fall to a team like Brazil 3-2.
Group Stage Game One: The Netherlands vs. Spain – Friday, June 13, 3 p.m. EST on ESPN
Group Stage Game Two: The Netherlands vs. Australia – Wednesday, June 18, Noon EST on ESPN
Group Stage Game Three: The Netherlands vs. Chile – Monday, June 23, Noon EST on ESPN