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Vicente del Bosque says Bert van Marwijk went to Madrid to apologize

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10 Jul 2020
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Spain beat Van Marwijk’s side in the final in Johannesburg 1-0 after extra time, and Andrés Iniesta scored a decisive goal just four minutes before the final whistle.

Van Marwijk apologized for his team’s playing style in World Cup finals

Former Spain national team boss Vicente del Bosque says Bert van Marwijk went to Madrid to apologize for the Dutch team’s playing style in the 2010 World Cup finals. Spain beat Van Marwijk’s side in the final in Johannesburg 1-0 after extra time, and Andrés Iniesta scored a decisive goal just four minutes before the final whistle. Netherlands were harshly criticized for the way they played throughout the tournament and their display in the final, in particular, many considered overly fighting. The image of Nigel de Jong’s foot, firmly planted in the chest of La Roja midfielder Xabi Alonso, was designed as a supreme example of the Dutch body in South Africa. Their devastating style marked a complete turnaround from Total Football’s attractive philosophy, whose pioneers were Rinus Michels and Johan Cruyff, who led them to consecutive World Cup finals in the 1970s. However, they were defeated on both cases.

The Oranje’s played “anti-football”

Dutch great Johan Cruyff slammed Van Marwijk’s team for playing “anti-football” after the 2010 defeat. Spain was praised for their exciting passing game. Which helped them claim the world’s first world title, as well as success in two consecutive European championships. Van Marwijk said in the wake of the 2010 competition that he was proud of his players for coming second. But while Del Bosque resisted the Dutch chastity for their severe misfires on his side, he discovered that Van Marwijk had gone astray to apologize to his colleague. He did not entirely agree. We have great respect for Netherlands and their traditional style, Del Bosque said in an interview. “At the beginning of the game, in their early steps trying to destroy our game, they did some things that were not so good, but I’m nobody to scold it.”

“But it’s true that he came to Madrid in December to join us for a while. He is such a gentleman, a great guy. Del Bosque spent eight years at the head of the Spanish national team and retired from the game after his tenure ended in June 2016.

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