Famed for their 'Total Football' philosophy that graced the 1974 and 1978 World Cup finals, a Johan Cruyff-inspired Netherlands side brought a brand of attacking finesse and technical brilliance that has been the blueprint for clubs such as Barcelona to this day, but the 2010 World Cup final defeat to Spain was anything but.
Former Holland defender Andre Ooijer is a huge fan of Oranje coach Luis Van Gaal, and even though the former Barcelona chieftain is to leave his position after the tournament, he insists the coach is primed to lead a Dutch rejuvenation in Brazil.
DEFOE FOR ENGLAND?
As Southampton's Jay Rodriguez clutched his right knee, a mixture of pain, anguish and worry was etched across his face.
Landing poorly after jumping for a high ball, it was confirmed earlier this week that the 23-year-old has ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligament, and will now miss this summer's World Cup.
A cruel blow for the former Burnley striker after a fantastic season in which he has scored 15 Premier League goals, his absence from the selection pool now opens an avenue for another player to come to the fore.
That man could be Jermain Defoe.
RODRIGUEZ DREAM OVER
Southampton have revealed that Jay Rodriguez is likely to be sidelined for around six months with his knee injury.
The England international's hopes of making Roy Hodgson's 23-man World Cup squad have also been ended after scans confirmed he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament when falling awkwardly in the early stages of Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Manchester City.
FALCAO FIGHTING FIT
Radamel Falcao says he is hopeful of turning out for Colombia in this summer's World Cup in Brazil as he steps up his recovery from a serious knee injury.
The AS Monaco striker ruptured cruciate ligaments during a French Cup tie against lower league side Monts d'Or Azergues Foot on January 22 and underwent surgery in Porto three days later.