Winning or Playing Nicely Dilemmas in Dutch Football
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Winning or Playing Nicely Dilemmas in Dutch Football

(David Winner) The Low Countries - 2012, № 20, pp. 42-49

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What is the secret of the magnificent Dutch football? Perhaps the Dutch came to see football eventually more as physical chess, where the object was to manipulate and manage space. They played nicely but lost mostly. Everything changed at the World Cup in South Africa 2010. The Dutch wanted to win this time, even if it meant playing in an ugly manner. We know what happened. The author hopes the Dutch will be able to integrate the two aspects of Dutch history at the Euro 2012 Championship: to win and play nicely.

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