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Van Marwijk ready to make history
Published : 11 Jul 2010 08:01:24
Holland coach Bert van Marwijk goes into the World Cup final against Spain already knowing what it is like to be a world champion.
The Dutch coach won the world klaverjassen championship with his father back in 1973, the year before Johan Cruyff and co. showed the planet what 'Total Football' was all about by reaching their first World Cup final.
"It's unbelievable, the most important match in my football life. It is quite something and this applies to all my players. No Dutch player has ever become world champion and that is extraordinary but we approach it as a special match."
Van Marwijk has no injury problems with Wesley Sneijder and goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg both shrugging off minor problems.
The team had a relaxing walk around a Johannesburg zoo on Saturday before training at Soccer City and Van Marwijk insists they are ready and confident to take on a Spain side who were impressive in beating Germany 1-0 in the semi-final.
Most importantly the Dutch, he said, must be brave in a match between teams with the desire to play attractive football.
"They have to be themselves and have to have the courage to play football against Spain," said Van Marwijk.
"They are two of the best teams and I emphasise the word 'team'.
"We beat Brazil and Spain beat Germany. Spain have played more attractive football than we have but the teams have the intention to play in the same way. Both teams have their own style but they resemble each other.
"I'm not going to tell you how I'm going to play. We just have to be ourselves."