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Dutch National team’s nightmare continues

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Netherlands in qualification jeopardy.

Netherlands national football team, the team that gave the world of football the ‘TOTAL FOOTBALL’ have lost their way after their success in the 2010 world cup campaign.

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Their recent form’s graph has gone down drastically as they failed to qualify for 2016 Euro cup and now their chances of qualifying for 2018 Russia world cup has also taken a blow after 2-0 defeat against Bulgaria.

So what are the reasons that have made a team which used to give nightmare to the giants of football world like Brazil, Spain, Germany etc are now facing defeats against the underdogs? Some are blaming the Dutch football federation, KNVB, for their procedures of handling the current crisis.

According to a prominent figure associated with the youth programme in Marveld tournament, the Dutch clubs have no definite playing style. Every player just tries to find the tall forward and give long passes to him. This has caused the Netherlands team to stay behind Belgium and other countries where youth program plays a vital role in the national team’s success.

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The Dutch federation has also failed to bring young players with top technique and top quality since the generation of Robben, Sneijder, Van der Vaart etc. This has happened because Dutch federation gives too much emphasis on the technical side of the game than the tactical side.

The u-18 and u-16 players are forced to emphasise ball mastery sessions while countries like Belgium, Germany teach these lessons to their u-9 side. As a result, the young talents of Netherlands are technically strong but they don’t possess the quality to compete with other European talents like the case of Memphis Depay.

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So KNVB needs to find the solutions to these flaws quickly and jolt sparks in the players otherwise the team which once gave the world of football legendary Sir Johan Cruyff, Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten, Johan Neeskens etc. would be absent in another successive major tournament for the first time since 1982-84.