Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Day 5, and the World Cup finally laid a partial egg, and on a day that Brazil made its debut, no less. Even though I think the Brazilians, and Ronaldinho particularly, can look exciting, they never looked dangerous the way Robben and the Dutch did. The only excitement on the day was the Korean comeback against unlucky Togo.

France? Please...

The biggest under-the-radar story of the Cup? The performance of the four Dutch coaches. If Holland under Marco van Basten do well (expected), and Korea under Dick Advocaat do well (not unexpected), and Australia under Guus Hiddink can get out of the group stages (a reasonable expectation), and Trinidad & Tobago under Leo Beenhakker can take another point (somewhat unexpected), look for Holland and the Dutch system of training and play to expand even further...


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