World Cup Analysis: From Total Football to Total Foulball!!
July 13, 2010 2:35am CST
I have been a dutch fan from the 70s when they introduced the concept of Total Football. It was dream to watch Johan Cryuff lead a team of orange wave on the opposition goal. But this sunday, Nigel De Jong with his symbolical stamp on Xabi Alonso also stamped on the dutch legacy of Total Football. It was total foul ball on Sunday and it was horrible to watch. What was more ironical was that Spain has inherited the beautiful game from the Dutch teams of 70s and showed the world that you can win with the beautiful game!! What are your views on this? Cheers! Ram
13 Jul 10
Likewise, I have thought that the Dutch is an exponent of the beautiful soccer. No disrespect, I have always know the Dutch team to have a nasty streak. The main culprit, Van Bommel and De Jong. Beside them, Van Persie is also known to have foul tempers. But the rest, I thought they are pretty footballer. However, the final really change the impression. Nine yellow, ten if you include Heitiga's second yellow. That is way too much. While many have complain Webb handling of the match, I find his decision spot on. In fact, there are two incident which I think he got it wrong. De Jong should be given a straight red for violent conduct and Robben should also get his marching order for kicking the ball away after the whistle had gone.
14 Jul 10
Yes, that mean streak is something we all knew. But this was no mean streak it was a systematic fouling, without a hint of anger or frustration!! This is something that is not acceptable!! I just hope FIFA had a Unfair Play award which could be given to the dutch. Cheers! Ram