Dutch review of 2010

Reasons for optimism

January 5, 2011
By Ernst Bouwes
A usual pitfall for a columnist as he looks back on a year is to embrace doom and gloom. The good parts are easily forgotten while the bad, the stupid and the incompetent tend to stick in the mind forever. For once, though, I will start the year in upbeat fashion with ten pleasant surprises from Dutch football in 2010.

1. Bizarro Match: Any World Cup is about who beats Brazil, the big favorites. Given our history, meeting Brazil usually meant the end of the tournament, whatever form Netherlands ...

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