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Euro 2012 diary: Criticism harsh for the Netherlands

Despite qualifying for the tournament as the winners of Qualification Group H Denmark had been earmarked by many as the whipping boys of Group B – on the basis of having fewer well-known players and Nicklas Bendtner. Indeed, for the first 20 minutes of their opener against the Netherlands it appeared that even they believed this prophecy, as they were constantly ceding possession and territory to the Dutch. The Danes, though, were able to get revenge for a 2-0 defeat against the Dutch at the 2010 World Cup.
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Winning means nothing, beauty is everything

History is written, or at the very least it is influenced heavily, by the winners. The Romans are remembered as Empire building heroes – bringing roads, wine and civilisation to the barbarians. Whereas the Gauls, Celts and Numidiums were merely people whose place in history was merely to submit to the mighty rule of the peninsula. Little is said of the Gallic wealth that was plundered, nor the Greek intelligence that was treated with suspicion.

Netherlands denied a place in 1998 World Cup final

Netherlands denied a place in 1998 World Cup final

In football the accusation is frequently made, ad nauseum that it’s pointless playing beautiful football if you don’t win anything. The usual protagonist here is none other than Arsene Wenger. The criticism was thrown at him again from certain quarters following Arsenal’s humbling defeat to Birmingham in the League Cup final.

It is a point which was briefly touched upon by, Spanish Football journalist, Sid Lowe in a recent interview with Beyond the Pitch as well. Lowe spoke of the contrast in views between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, both of whom are men that are incredibly driven. The Barcelona coach’s comments speak of building a legacy, one that will be remembered beyond any results. Mourinho on the other hand makes his feelings on the matter very clear, for the Portuguese coach results and trophies are the bottom line.

I put it to you, that this simply isn’t the case.
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