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World Cup Stat Of The Day: Holland To Play Without A ‘Van’ In Their Team For First Time In Almost 20 Years

By Chris Wright

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Holland’s van will be parked for their game against Chile

Stat of the Day: Thanks to Robin van Persie picking up his second yellow card of the World Cup against Australia, Holland will take to the pitch against Chile in Sao Paulo tonight “Van-less” for the first time in almost two decades.

Indeed, Van Persie’s absence from the starting XI due to suspension means that the Dutch will be taking to the field without a player with a “Van” in their surname for the first time since a 2-0 friendly win over China way back in 1996, some 18 years and 221 matches ago.

Though both Gergory van der Wiel and Rafael van der Vaart were included in Holland’s provisional World Cup squad, both were cut from the final 23 and therefore Louis van Gaal (iiiiironyyyyy!) has no other “Vans” in his squad to select from tonight.

Holland’s Van-less starting line-up that fateful day was as follows: Ed de Goey, Michael Reiziger, Danny Blind, Clarence Seedorf, Arthur Numan, Aron Winter, Dennis Bergkamp, Richard Witschge, Gaston Taument, Youri Mulder and Peter Hoekstra - with Phillip Cocu, Edgar Davids, Ronald de Boer, Jordi Cruyff and Johan de Kock all coming on as subs during the course of the game.

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(Via Reuters)

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By Chris on June 23rd, 2014 in Featured, Newsnow, World Cup. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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4 Responses to “World Cup Stat Of The Day: Holland To Play Without A ‘Van’ In Their Team For First Time In Almost 20 Years”

  1. adhikapp says:

    Is Danny Blind by any chance Daleys father?

    • Chris says:

      @adhikapp: Bingo! In fact, Danny is actually Van Gaal’s assistant manager and can be seen sitting on the Dutch bench at the World Cup.

  2. […] bij Van Persie geen van te bekennen. Volgens voetbalsite Who Ate All The Pies is dat voor het eerst sinds de vriendschappelijke wedstrijd Nederland-China op 29 mei 1996, 18 jaar […]

  3. bert says:

    Holland and “van”. Has someone made a Chelsea and “bus” joke yet?

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