2014 World Cup: Brazil-Netherlands Third Place Game Should Be on Everyone’s Watchlist
photo via Netherlands Football Team Facebook Page
Brazil and the Netherlands will square off in the 2014 World Cup third-place title tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST. Who cares?
You should and here’s why.
In FIFA World Cup history, the third place games have proven to be incredibly high-scoring mainly due to nothing being at stake. Winning this game is nothing more than a commodity and a constant reminder of what could have been. The Netherlands were so close to reaching the title game is consecutive years while Brazil on the other hand was far from close.
There will not be a shortage of goals and talents will be on display when the beginning whistle is blown. Some of the world’s greatest players will be on display and expect to see skill, quickness and flair. In past years, the amount of goals have totaled from three to five and with these two teams, I would expect maybe upwards of seven goals. We’ll see, that’s just my prediction. There is no need for anyone to over analyze the game. The game will be purely skill and goal-oriented and it will be fun to watch.
Netherlands will probably display some of their young and talented players right off the bat by starting Memphis Depay, Leroy Fer and Jordy Clasie. Viewers will see the Dutch future tomorrow as Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder may not be selected four years from now. We will have to wait and see, but I fully expect to see the Dutch young stars to be out in full force.
This game still means something for the country of Brazil. Being that it is for third place, Brazil would still like to win this match. Brazil will probably look to show the world that Brazil can compete without their savior, Neymar. Without Neymar, Brazil has proved to be abysmal. A win over the Netherlands will prove everyone wrong after an embarrassing loss to Germany in the Semifinals.
Warning, this match will emit sparks and will provide excitement for everyone that watches.
Collin Ruby is a writer for StoppageTimeSoccer.com. Follow him on Twitter @Collin_Ruby.