Focus on Netherlands No. 1

The making of Maarten

March 22, 2011
By Ernst Bouwes
It was 16.31 CET on July 2, Brazil were 1-0 up and Netherlands thought that their 2010 World Cup campaign was over. Moments before kick-off in the quarter-final, Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk was forced to replace one of their most dependable central defenders, Joris Mathijsen, with a 35-year-old, clubless journeyman in Andre Ooijer and, less than 11 minutes into the game, the seemingly invincible five-time winners from South America strolled into the lead; a hapless back-four seemed on a hiding to ...

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