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How Far Can Sneijder Guide The Netherlands?

Then And Now: Wesley Sneijder

By David Kappel - May 13, 2014 10:28 AM @kappilinho

In this week’s Then and Now feature Soccer Laduma compares the performances of Wesley Sneijder at the 2010 World Cup to what we can expect of him in Brazil.

The Dutch number 10 had an outstanding tournament in South Africa and was one of the pillars behind his country’s road to the final.

He won the Man of the Match award in the first two matches, the 2-0 victory over Denmark as well as the 1-0 victory over Japan in which he scored the winning goal.

Netherlands also won their final group match 2-1 over Cameroon and finished on top of their group. In the 2-1 last-16 victory over Slovakia he again made the score-sheet by scoring the second goal. 

Arguably his best game came in the quarter-final against Brazil when he again won the Man of the Match award. He scored both goals in the 2-1 victory over the South Americans, the second goal being the first header of his career.

In the semi-final against Uruguay, Sneijder scored in the 70th minute and the Dutch won the game 3-2 taking his country to the third final in its history.

In the World Cup final, however, he couldn’t prevent his the Netherlands from losing 1-0 to Spain after extra-time.

For his performances during the tournament he won the Silver Ball as the second best player behind Diego Forlan as well as the Bronze Boot.

Sneijder had scored five goals, as many as Thomas Mueller and David Silva, but because the German had three assists and Silva played less minutes he finished third ahead of Diego Forlan (who also scored five goals but played more minutes than Sneijder).

In the 2014 World Cup qualification campaign, the Netherlands won nine games and drew one, topping their group and earning automatic qualification. They were drawn into group B with Spain, Australia and Chile.

On club level, Sneijder won three trophies in 2010, the Champions League, the Coppa Italia and the Seria A. He won’t repeat this success with Galatasaray this year, whom he joined in January 2013, but was again the Man of the Match in Turkish Cup final after scoring the only goal.

Do you think the 29-year-old can guide a young Netherlands squad to a successful tournament in Brazil? Have your say in the comment section below.


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tsobi4life Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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tsobi4life May 15, 2014 07:27 AM
He can
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tiyiselaM May 14, 2014 02:24 PM
He can do it again,and if dey can beat Spain dey wll end up in d final
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KHAZAMULAD May 14, 2014 12:29 PM
There is doubt on what Sneijder can do for home country on this 2014 WC occassion.
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Mr_Qumbelo_W May 14, 2014 09:27 AM
Yes no doubt about that
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NgoakoP May 14, 2014 04:58 AM
He's now playing in an average league & his impact might not be the same as in 2010
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zar May 14, 2014 12:24 AM
Its his time to prove his critics wrong .
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Punk-KC May 13, 2014 11:31 PM
Wt d u want me to say cowditor???? Ur da one hu shuld giv us answers nt thz stewpid q
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pondo-rmadridbucs-mpheba2 May 13, 2014 10:38 PM
He failed in 2010 while his nation believed in him so much but now his excellency is history
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pondo-rmadridbucs-mpheba2 May 13, 2014 10:35 PM
Hard to say but Xmas comes once a year but for sure this squad will do better than the Spanish!
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Nemusundæ Wa Likhosi May 13, 2014 10:34 PM
Netherlands always favourates they have a fantastic players
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Gunslingah May 13, 2014 10:22 PM
lets see how he and robben fare this year coz i trust da orange brigade simply becoz they always deliver yet dont kniw how to win da worldcup
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king selekta May 13, 2014 08:39 PM
THIS YEAR NO I DONT THINK SO
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Skillach May 13, 2014 07:29 PM
He is a best player i trust him well
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Softness May 13, 2014 05:59 PM
Very far with Roubben
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Shimbye_1 May 13, 2014 05:55 PM
No, his better days are behind him.

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