Odds Netherlands Will Win World Cup
After dropping a 1-0 decision in extra time to Spain in the final match of the 2010 World Cup, Netherlands reached No. 1 in FIFA’s world rankings in the summer of 2011. However, the Dutch have struggled since, first losing all three of their matches in the Group Stage at Euro 2012 (to Germany, Portugal and Denmark), and failing to defeat a World Cup-qualified team since. Netherlands currently sits at No. 15 in FIFA’s world rankings, sporting disappointing odds of 25/1 to win at Brazil 2014.
The Dutch have recently played three friendlies against squads who will participate in Brazil 2014. After playing to draws against Japan and Colombia, the Netherlands were soundly beaten by France 2-0, in a game where the French had ample opportunity to run up the score. While the Orange faithful may be concerned, the Dutch squad is stacked with experience and firepower that will make them a dangerous adversary at the 2014 World Cup.
Early World Cup Pick
The Netherlands kick off World Cup 2014 with a grudge match against Spain, who defeated them in the World Cup final four years ago. Unlike Spain, who have played outstanding football since last year’s Confederations Cup, the Dutch have struggled and will certainly take the pitch against Spain as underdogs. The Dutch will face Chile for the first time in a match that is likely to determine second place in Group B. The Chileans, 2-2-2 in their last six against qualified squads, will be buoyed by a partisan crowd and will give the Dutch all they can handle. Netherlands are winless in three matches all-time against Australia, but will be expected to easily handle the Socceroos.
Netherlands Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup
The Netherlands were the first European squad to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, going undefeated in 10 qualifying matches while giving up just five goals against.
07/09/12 Netherlands 2 – 0 Turkey
11/09/12 Hungary 1 – 4 Netherlands
12/10/12 Netherlands 3 – 0 Andorra
16/10/12 Romania 1 – 4 Netherlands
22/03/13 Netherlands 3 – 0 Estonia
26/03/13 Netherlands 4 – 0 Romania
06/09/13 Estonia 2 – 2 Netherlands
10/09/13 Andorra 0 – 2 Netherlands
11/10/13 Netherlands 8 - 1 Hungary
15/10/13 Turkey 0 – 2 Netherlands
Netherlands World Cup Group Play Schedule
13/06/14 Spain vs. Netherlands - Arena Fonte Nova
18/06/14 Australia vs. Netherlands - Estadio Beira-Rio
23/06/14 Netherlands vs. Chile - Arena Corinthians
Netherlands Key Players
Arjen Robben FW, Bayern Munich – One of the world’s best one-on-one, has scored five goals in six international matches this season.
Robin van Persie FW, Manchester United – Winner of the 2012 EPL Golden Boot PFA Player of the Year award. One of the game’s premier strikers, has scored 11 goals in 10 WC qualifying matches.
Ron Vlaar DF, Aston Villa – A late cut from Netherlands 2010 World Cup squad, Vlaar will be expected to provide stability to the Dutch defense.