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RVP, Robben inspire Netherlands to demolish Spain

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands (R) celebrates with Stefan de Vrij of the Netherlands following the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Robin van Persie of the Netherlands (R) celebrates with Stefan de Vrij of the Netherlands following the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Netherlands at Arena Fonte Nova on June 13, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Grimm – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben inspired the Netherlands to a 5-1 comeback thrashing of Spain in one of the most unforeseen results in FIFA World Cup history.

A Xabi Alonso penalty put the defending champions ahead but, after David Silva had spurned a glaring chance to double the lead, the Dutch ran riot. Van Persie and Robben hit doubles apiece, both netting majestic goals, with Stefan de Vrij also getting on the score-sheet as Spain conceded over four times for the first time since 1963.

La Roja began the game by monopolising possession, but it was the Oranje who created the first noteworthy chance. Robben slid a sumptuous ball in behind the defence for Wesley Sneijder, who carried it into the box but hit his shot straight at a relieved Iker Casillas.

Moments later, Andres Iniesta won possession in the Netherlands’ last third and slipped the ball to Diego Costa. The Brazil-born striker was inside the box, but his touch let him down and allowed Ron Vlaar to get back and admirably stifle the danger.

Spain did go ahead on 27 minutes though. Following a neat passing move, Costa cut inside Stefan de Vrij and was tripped. The referee pointed to the spot and Xabi Alonso’s low, firm penalty found the bottom corner.

La Roja should have doubled their lead on 42 minutes. Andres Iniesta skipped inside his marker and exercised his extra-sensory vision and immaculate execution of pass to send David Silva one-on-one with Jasper Cillessen. The Manchester City playmaker attempted an elaborate chip, which the Ajax goalkeeper was away to tip round his post.

Silva held his head in his hands, and the Netherlands swiftly punished his mistake. Daley Blind played a long ball over the top of the Spain defence and, rather than bring the ball down, Van Persie produced a superb first-time header which looped over Casillas and went in.

Eight minutes into the second half the Oranje went in front. Robben, in mid-air, delightfully controlled a long ball forward, cut inside Gerard Pique and, with the aid of a deflection, fired the ball home.

It was almost 3-1 minutes later, with Robben leading a rapid counter-attack which ended with Van Persie cannoning the ball against the crossbar. But the Netherlands did double their lead on 64 minutes. Sneijder whipped a free-kick into the back post and, with Van Persie putting Casillas off, De Vrij bundled it in at the back post.

It got worse for Spain eight minutes later. Casillas, ahead of a seemingly straightforward clearance, miscontrolled the ball. Van Persie pounced, took it round him, slid in and poked it into the empty net.

Robben sealed a 5-1 success with another marvellous individual goal, showcasing blistering pace to escape the Spanish backline, rounding Casillas and fizzing the ball home.

Robben, Jeremain Lens and Sneijder all had chances to grab the Netherlands’ sixth of the night, but 5-1 was how it finished.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Askantwi says:

    Considering Holland struggled to beat Ghana’s team B 1-0, shows how strong Ghana’s team is. The good thing is no one is taking any notice.

    • anokwale says:

      I am glad you have noted this. As critical as our people can be, this shows that in actual fact, we have a pretty solid team. We just have to avoid mistakes.

    • Benny says:

      Kwarasey was the difference that night.He did extremely really well.Whether AA sees is that way is something different .If AA had played Dauda against Holland with his awful performance against Korea holland would netted about 6.
      Dauda against Korea could not give one accurate shooting pass to his own player as one commentator said.He shoots any how,anywhere like a school playground keeper.Dauda is rusted with his bench role.The annoying thing is clueless And bribe taking Yakubu said all the keepers are ready.really?

      • Awal says:

        Benny, i think we must giv the team to u cos i can see u r better dan aa. Kwarasey is even much more better than casilas. 4get abt dat juju bench warmer golee. Fire burn him

    • Benny says:

      Kwarasey was the difference that night.He did extremely really well.Whether AA sees is that way is something different .If AA had played Dauda against Holland with his awful performance against Korea holland would netted about 6.
      Dauda against Korea could not give one accurate shooting pass to his own player as one commentator said.He shoots any how,anywhere like a school playground keeper.Dauda is rusted with his bench role.The annoying thing is clueless And bribe taking Yakubu said all the keepers are ready.really?AA has to be his own man otherwise we will be parking after the 26th June.

  2. Tzooh says:

    And to think some ppl were complaining when Ghana lost 1-0 to holland in Hollands own backyard with Ghana’s B team vs Hollands A team (the only difference being the holland keeper). Holland was brilliant and Spain was good awful but now more than ever I think Ghana can go extremely far

  3. Chukwe says:

    What makes u Ghanaians think Holland was playing at full -throttle when they played u. In that match they could have easily scored 4 goals compared to your zero shot on target….watch-out!!

  4. kofi says:

    Chukwe if Holland COULD have scored 4 then maybe Ghana COULD have scored 100 if we had used our A team. YOU see it’s not a matter of COULD. Its about FACTS!!!!

  5. Kobby L says:

    All the so called Ghana supporters who are prophesying doom for us should be ashamed of themselves, look at how the exact same Dutch team we played against thrashed the defending champions. This is the same team and the same players who could not dominate our trial team yet they have battered Spain. Ghana may still be a bit rough but all the harsh and non constructive criticisms was unwarranted. The stars will put the haters to shame. Peace

  6. Chukwe says:

    @ kofi…Good for you,a nation that takes it’s B side to the w/cup.

  7. kuukuphilly says:

    Ckukwe who born u? Na man or woman.useless fool concentrate on ur team…

  8. Lord Dennings says:

    We have to believe we have a good team and can definitely go far. We just have to believe in our self. I love the will of Dede Ayew. We need one more of him and we are guaranteed to go beyond expectation

  9. Dan says:

    Please help me. What is the motivation for those Africans who are against the black stars? It does not make sense to me.

  10. selfmade says:

    I said that Ghana had a serious game against the Dutch’s and forumites took me on! I watched the game more than four times and Ghana was strong and not TIMID and some people took me on! The stadium was silent at some point during the Ghana game and we gave them some problems when we did attack esp in the second half! Some forumites didn’t agreed with me and asked me WHICH GAME DID I WATCHED? U all see that I have been vindicated!!

    The Dutch’s has completely annihilated the Spaniards with the same formation!

  11. keith from germany says:

    @selfmade with due respect u didnt say anything positive abt the blackstars game against holland.
    All forumites who come here on a regular basis will bear witness with me.
    u were never said anything positive abt the dutch game the only thing i remember was u saying the ghana defence is very weak and is not all dat.
    so im very surprised that you have all of a sudden changed ur view.
    selfmade u forgot that ghana played with that ghana played with its b team.
    And in the second half as the top guns were introduced to the game,holland were not finding their game and even that led tp the frustration of louis van gaal.
    Selfmade u are the very person who said with this kind of shaky defence,ghana is going nowhere.
    Forumites its abt time we stop complaining abt the defence and support them because since the tournament started,i have seen some bad defending,even the socalled world class defenders of pique and ramos were horrible yesterday.
    even the brasilian seleçào with thiago silva and david luis looked on some occaisions against the croats like Toddlers.
    No team has been able to wallop ghana 4 goals since AA took charge.
    the only defeat i can recall is the 0-3 defeat to japan in tokyo with the likes of chibsah,razak braimah,frank acheampong,sumaila who are all for me b team players.
    AA WE MUST SUPPORT

  12. kk says:

    Did any one see Rashid sumaila placing the fear of God in van persie with his deadly tackles. The white boy was scared hahahaha

  13. keith from germany says:

    selfmade my beloved debatte bro.im realy surprised abt ur sudden change of opinion.
    At this particular moment let us wait for the first game against the yanks before passing on our judgements

  14. grg says:

    Yes, go Ghana. If we qualify from the group, obiara nnye obiara. The path to the finals will be easy. We shall overcome. The dutch used same tactical play against Gh ns
    but after the game he admitted that the bs pushed them to their own backyard and they could not play as they should have. Muntari n co did not play in that game. We shall over come. God bless our homeland, Ghana.

  15. selfmade says:

    Keith… Bro, though I did talked about weak defence and how it can’t win ours the WC, I talked about the dutch game and said that we had a good,solid game against them and even said that the Ghanaian team wasn’t TIMID AT ALL! I remember a blog called chineke challenged me on this!

  16. selfmade says:

    Keith, bro, this is the evidence of what I said about Ghana after the game!!

  17. selfmade says:

    June 3, 2014 ↔ 12 comments
    2014 World Cup: Positives and negatives as Netherlands beat Ghana with Van Gaal’s new system
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    Rashid Sumaila (right) and Robin Van Persie

    By Peter Mcvitie 

    “I call it differently, I call it a 3-4-3,” said a defiant Louis van Gaal earlier this month when questioned about the new system he has implemented into the Netherlands team ahead of the World Cup.

    The injury to Kevin Strootman in early March robbed Van Gaal of one of his most important players. A player who is, quite simply, irreplaceable in the national team.

    Indeed, had it been any other player who picked up such a horrifying injury as the cruciate ligament tear to the midfielder’s right knee, even someone like Robin van Persie or Arjen Robben, Van Gaal would have been able to slot another player in without having to change too much in the way of tactics.

    Such is the importance of the Roma midfielder, though, that the injury has forced the coach to completely change his style.

    As preparations went on, the media in the Netherlands noted the use of five defenders in training behind a midfield three and Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben up front. It was, it seemed a 5-3-2.

    A defensive formation? From Van Gaal and the Netherlands? It can’t be!

    It isn’t.

    If anything was made clear in the Oranje’s two most recent World Cup warm-up matches against Ecuador and Ghana, it was that this is certainly no defensive formation and it certainly is more of the 3-4-3 Van Gaal originally claimed.

    “We’re not going to play with a 5-3-2,” the coach said. “I absolutely never said that. That’s just what the media say. They are making a fuss about something that is not there. I’m trying to hone a system that stays as close as possible to the principles of the Dutch school.”

    Daley Blind and Daryl Janmaat operate as wing-backs in this system but the two push extremely high up the pitch, so far that they can’t really be considered defenders any more. With the Feyenoord duo Bruno Martins Indi and Stefan de Vrij playing alongside their former team-mate Ron Vlaar in the centre, the trio can spread out to help cover for the void left by the wide players.

    Then, with Nigel de Jong operating as a holding midfielder, there is ample cover in front of the back line, especially when Jonathan de Guzman drops deep enough. With the energy and box-to-box role of De Guzman coupled with the advancing of Janmaat and Blind, it gives extra support to the trio of stars who lead the lines for the Netherlands.

    Against Ghana, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie showed that they can combine to make a wonderful front trio.

    Five minutes into Saturday’s match in De Kuip, the three players linked up together, bursting forward with great pace and wonderful movement to open the scoring. Sneijder passed it to Robben in the centre and burst into the visitors’ box to receive a perfectly timed and weighted pass which allowed him to get in behind the Ghana backline. The Galatasaray player then cut it across the face of goal for Van Persie to tuck in comfortably.

    As the game wore on, the Dutch were able to stretch the Ghanaians more and more. A low Blind cross from the left flank found Robben at the back post but the Bayern Munich star scuppered the golden opportunity, sending it wide. Later, Janmaat cut in from the right side and played a nice pass to Robben in tonnes of space on the left. As he bore down on goal, goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey came off his line and did well to block the shot.

    Overall, Robben was wasteful when it came to finishing, but his work on the ball was very good. He had more shots than anyone, with three great chances, but failed to hit the net.

    Coming up against a back four which sat quite deep and marked him quite tight, Sneijder didn’t have a great deal of space to work with in between the Dutch midfield and front two, however, his excellent movement allowed him to get on the ball a lot throughout the game and continue to pick out some excellent through balls and passes out to the flanks.

    This system is one which suits the former Real Madrid player remarkably well. He is able to link up with the wingers in Blind and Janmaat while the intelligent runs of Robben and Van Persie allow him to send some delightful through balls in behind the defence to open up key chances.

    As well as that, the fact the Netherlands are now utilising an orthodox central midfielder alongside a holder like De Jong means he has much more support in midfield, unlike in Euro 2012, in which there was a huge hole between him and the deep-lying AC Milan player and Van Bommel which opponents exploited with ease. With this system and this set up in the centre, the Dutch are able to recover possession better and ensure they can retain it in the opponent’s half.

    De Jong is certainly a key component of this team. Heading into this World Cup, the Milan player is looking to redeem himself. After the 2010 edition and his time at Manchester City, the 29-year-old has a reputation of being a brutal and dirty player only out to stamp on some opponents and stick a boot into a chest or two.

    In Brazil, though, he will show the world that there is much more to him than that and that he is a completely different player now. With excellent positional sense, great energy and good passing and with the support of a regular number eight, Netherlands can get the best out of the ex-Ajax player and build a central midfield partnership which adds a lot to the attack and the defence.

    Van Gaal sees this new formation and style as the best possible way to cover for the loss of Strootman while simultaneously getting the best out of the key players in the squad and maintaining some balance in the centre of the field. The early signs are positive.

    This style allows for smoother and quicker transition from defence to attack and allows them to stretch their opponents and use the full width of the field. While it robs them of the positive attacking wingers such as Memphis Depay and Jeremain Lens and prevents Robben from being able to cut in from the flank and fire towards goal, it does allow him to put his speed to great effect and means he, Van Persie and Sneijder operate as a more compact and intricate front three.

    Netherlands were wasteful in possession against a rather poor, sluggish and limited Ghana team. They were not as effective or efficient as one would  expect, with too many chances going to waste. Their second-half performance was rather poor and they should have killed the game off instead of leaving the Black Stars with time to draw level.

    It was certainly not a wonderful performance, but it was never going to be. A new system with a relatively fresh and young team, the expectations for the Dutch are not great.

    However, they can improve between now and their World Cup opener against Spain. With the Spaniards, Chile and Australia to contend with in Group B, the expectations for the Oranje are minimal.

    Even finishing second in the group will likely set up a tie with Brazil in the next round. No one in Netherlands expects the country to go far in the World Cup, but the latest victory will lift some spirits as we know now that they can build on the foundations of this attacking system.

    Next week’s meeting with Wales will give Van Gaal’s team the opportunity to build upon Saturday’s win and create a better understanding and thus bring greater fluidity to the team before the summer showpiece.

     

    The Final Squad

    Louis van Gaal announced his final 23-man squad for the World Cup on Saturday before the meeting with Ghana and there weren’t too many surprises in it.

    While many expected FC Twente star Quincy Promes to make the final cut, it was always unlikely due to the new system which doesn’t require any orthodox attacking wingers, particularly with Arjen Robben available.

    It is for this reason that Jean-Paul Boetius has been cut as well, since Memphis Depay is available to play on the left if called upon.

    Perhaps the main shock was the omission of Patrick van Aanholt. The Vitesse left-back has enjoyed a positive season with Vitesse and has shown to be a very strong attacking full-back. That he has been left out means that Daley Blind will likely take up the left back position with Terence Kongolo available as back up.

    The squad:

    Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Tim Krul (Newcastle United)

    Defenders: Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Daley Blind (Ajax)

    Midfielders: Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray)

    Forwards: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Memphis Depay (PSV)

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    12 responses

    selfmade
    June 3, 2014
    Was Ghana poor,sluggish and limited in this match? Amazing! Maybe this reporter didn’t watch the match or even if he did, his lenses are as usual TAINTED with his usual feelings of looking down upon Africans and making us feel inferior! There was no way in this match that Ghana looks sluggish or poor! Infact those words should be the correct ADJECTIVES TO DESCRIBE THE DUTCH’S! Ghana were very vibrant in this match and even when we were using our fringe players in the first half,the Ghanaian team looks good, very compact and have some sense of hunger and determination and wasn’t SCARED OF THE DUTCH PLAYERS ONE BIT! Except the goal, the Dutch’s were rather very poor and confused and there though their coach was using a new defensive formation, anytime Ghana attacks them in the second half,their look more condufed than every and they at times seems OUT OF SHAPE! This game should have been a DRAW and finally the dutch lacks match FITNESS! The Ghanaian team looks more FITTER and this is a good sign heading into the WC!

    Ghanaboy
    June 3, 2014
    Selfmade I am sorry but you are wrong this time. Ghana was poor in this match. Essien and Rabiu did not cover the back four as they should have. Adomah played very badly, he kept dropping deep too late so much that Inkoom was left on a 2 vs 1 battle against Sneijder and Netherlands wing-back on several occasions. Sclupp`s timidness also led to the only goal; if you watch the replay you will see Robin shifting away from Akaminko and Sumaila. Instead of Schlupp marking him, he was caught watching the ball and could not react when Robin received the pass. Akaminko also made a mistake; when the Dutch started to attack, he made himself useless by going forward, Robin saw the space and shifted to Schlupp`s side. These are not the only critical mistakes that were made but these are the ones I recall. AA must analyze this match very well if we are to perform well in Brazil.

    selfmade
    June 3, 2014
    Ghana boy….. Mate, football is a team game and collectively, the Ghanaians were fabulous! I have watched the replays like four times already and the the Ghanaian team were very solid as a TEAM than the individual play we are used to! Yes is true that there were one or two mistakes by our players but i can tell u that the our players really knew what they were doing from a tactical view point! Infact, the dutchs has a pocket of spaces behind our back four only IN THE FIRST HALF but our defence though very poor at times deal with the situation as with all their might! Ghana was not poor and limited in anyway from a tactical viewpoint esp in the second half when we simply took the game to them! I have already said that we can win the WC with this squad but ghana can still do wonderfully well with this squad and I know we can even do better in the Korean match! Ghana didn’t look bad at all in this match tactically and they have such a FABULOUS CONFIDENCE and BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES that ll go a long way to help us in the WC! Finally and generally, though there was one or two mistakes from the our players, OUR STRUCTURE, FORMATION,LAYOUT combined with our movements and CHARACTER,ATTITUDE in the match was really AWESOME AND I LL GIVE THEM C+.. This is a ghana squad which is not TIMID …There is more room for an improvement and Ghana ll be READY IN BRAZIL… Mark my words!

    Redd
    June 3, 2014
    @ selfmade. what structure and movement are you talking about.Maybe you watched a different game.Ghana was worse than poor.It was like the players did not know which positions they were playing.How many times didn’t we see Atsu and Jordan chasing the ball everywhere on the pitch like headless chicken.How many times didn’t we see sumaila playing like he was fighting a wrestling match.Even in the second half kevin was once foundat the left back position.We were totally poor and sluggish and like a team preparing to play in the COSAFA cup notthe WC.

    Ghanaboy
    June 3, 2014
    Redd I think AA allowed KPB ta free-role, so KPB just went anywhere on the pitch where he, KPB, thought he was needed.

    Benito
    June 3, 2014
    All we asking the coach to do is to play his first 11 and let’s see how it goes,he seems to holding his cards to his chest,he can’t confidently talk about his tactical play…my first eleven
    Kwarasey
    Opare
    Afful
    J.boye
    J.Mensah
    Afriyie
    Essien
    Dede
    K.asamoah
    Waris
    Gyan

    Subs.muntari for essien
    Kpb for waris
    Astu for dede…if I were the coach I will play this team against the USA.i know klisnmann will definitely play his 4-4-2 with the diamond in that case he wingers will with draw more into midfield then we can use the speed of dede and asamoah,s skills on counter,I think we can carry the day with the 4-4-2 formation without the diamond.

    selfmade
    June 3, 2014
    Redd… Mate, watch the game again and u ll see what am saying! I made mention of Ghana having a good structure, good movement, having commendable character and not been timid and am going to take my time to EXPATIATE MYSELF! Firstly, I said the bs has a solid structure because the defence maintained their SHAPE even when they were under pressure! If u compare the last couples of matches against Serbia, Egypt and Montenegro, u ll realised that our defence was only not poor but WERE COMPLETELY SHAPELESS! In those matches, the defence was only bad but were CLUELESS as to how to defend or what to do when they are under pressure but the OPPOSITE was the case in the Holland match! Watch the replays again and u ll appreciate what am saying! Though the dutch players had pocket of spaces in this match, our defensive line WERENT CLUELESS AND DID KNEW WHAT TO DO! Infact contrarily to what people are saying about SUMAILA TACKLES( SOME WERE POOR), it helps slow the dutch trio of robben, sneider and rvp down tremendously! Again still on the defence, the dutch BLEACHED it only in the first mins of the first half and the second half was completely different! Ghana did have a COMPACT DEFENCE LINE MY BRO! Secondly with the midfield, can u HONESTLY TELL ME which DUTCH’S player was the star performer in w.r.t midfield play? I just want u to mention one STAR DUTCH MIDFIELDER who was on TOP OF THE GHANAIAN MIDFIELD? U can’t bro as there was none! Essien, rabiu and kwadwo asamoah did a wonderful job in the midfield and the dutch didn’t have any dominant midfield compared to us! The midfield was 50-50 my bro! The Ghanaian midfield were TACTICAL VERY ASTUTE! They knew what they were doing and blocked all spaces! Forget about robben making all those diagonal runs BECASUE most of them were completely USELESS! Finally, maybe u have not taken notices but GHANA HAS SCORED ALL its goals from the RIGHT SIDE OF ATTACK and the dutch technical crew placed three CENTRAL DEFENDERS ON ADOMAH wheneve we are attacking and he had a night to forget! Watch the video again and u ll see and realised that all of our attacks were thru adomah and every time he had the ball, we has to negotiate thru 2 dutch players! In the second half, we changed our pattern of attack thru the middle and I can confidently say that this is a Ghanaian team which is not TIMID! They ll be ready in the Korean match and thus team has a solid STRUCTURE!

    Chineke
    June 4, 2014
    @Selfmade:

    I dont know which match u watched mate. But i think the Ghana team needs a lot of work.I saw no system they were playing. their passes were not accurate, they gave the Dutch too much space to work the ball and that Sumaila is a disaster waiting to happen if he meets Ronaldo cos he will commit fouls in places where Ronaldo stands a good chance of scoring from.

    I think the coach needs to play a system that suits the players he has to their strengths. In the next friendly he really needs to come out with his starting 11 in the first half at least to test how whatever system he has in mind will work. The team needs to gel before the tournament proper.

    I liked Kwarasey’s performance but he needs more cover from the defence. The coach needs to settle on his preferred defense and allow them to build some telepathy. Communication at the back is key.. u need someone to marshal the defence like John Mensah used to do. Who is doing that this time? Is it Boye? Then play him in the next match and help the defense solidify itself.

    How is the midfield going to operate? Against Holland, they gave away too many balls and didnt press when they were disposessed.

    I agree with the assertion that defending is a team effort and starts from the attackers pressing opponents when they dont have the ball.

    Overall, i understand coach Appiah played his team B to help decide whom to cut. But it is now time to hone his team and try out his system of play.

    THE TRUTH STANDS
    June 3, 2014
    I must say again that two friendlies before the WC is not all that important but warm up. AA cannot play his best eleven at a go with South Korea or expose his tactics before the world cup. You colleagues should know this. Don’t forget about all the scouts from our opponents trying to fish out Ghana tactics before the WC and a very brilliant and knowledgeable Akwesi Appiah will not do that likes any coach going to the WC. All in all , mark my words ,God willing Ghana will shock the world and so call best football analysts in the world. After this WC, they will not underrate Ghana Black Stars again..lol
    God bless Ghana! God bless Black Stars!!! GO BLACK STARS GO!!!!

    Adebayo
    June 3, 2014
    I have hammered this point over and over again! Every coach is trying out his first team in a definite system to get them understand his mindset. Coach AA decides he will hide his prized-players in a high profile friendly where he could have tested his system and then perfected in the last friendly against S.Korea. No wonder many of the players looked so confused on the pitch. They simply didn’t know what to do with the ball when they had possession. Others ‘kicked and chased’ and lost possession! In modern football, matches are not won by hiding your system or prized players but by executing it with constancy and perfection that wear down your opponents. Which Tennis player doesn’t know how Rafael Nadal is going to play? Ghana has quality players that can beat any opponent any day. They just need to have a system they are used to and comfortable with! OVER TO YOU Coach!

    Chineke
    June 4, 2014
    I totally agree with your sentiments but i will forgive him for the reason that he was trying to decide who to cut. That said, he could have started his starting team in the first half and rather brought on the players he wanted to scrutinize in the 2nd half… That would have given us all a better insight into how the team is looking now

    selfmade
    June 4, 2014
    Chineke.. Are u chineke in zamfoot? Let me know mate! Knowledgeable guy

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  18. Mumbi says:

    Let Monday comes so that we witness USA team A demolish Ghana team C.

  19. Kwaku says:

    Ghana…the team of the moment. Germany watch out, Portugal get out,, USA you are dead.

  20. keith from germany says:

    selfmade u cant convince me with that long essay.
    we all the forimites here kno what u said.

    • crusader says:

      All forumites know that selfmade is skeptical about the chances of Ghana making any big impact in Brazil. The truth is,on the Dutch game, he credited the stars for their wonderful display. Keith from Germany, don’t be a lazy ready. The guy provided is evidence, yet you failed to read that comment where he commended the stars..pls, go back and read the comments section of the article he quoted and come again lol,,,,,,

  21. mukmin says:

    I can’t believe people are happy with our perfomance against the netherlands. We should strive for excellence and only victory will do. If we want to be the best we have to beat the best. We cannot be happy to lose by a goal to netherlands considering the quality and depth of our team. We cannot settle of anything other than excellence.

  22. wee ba says:

    Selfmade is right I remember he made those comments

  23. 21guns says:

    The demolishing of the Spanish team is an evidence of how great our team, I have been saying it several times if Ghana fail to demolish usa then we have no business going to the world cup, Ghana have to demolish and disgrace usa by doing experiment with the so call team usa, soccer is not basket, you cant play soccer with your hands on the field the only thing usa don’t understand, soccer is not nba,

    Ghana will handle usa with ease.

    @selfmade I did not saw your comments complementing the team it might escape me maybe.
    What I saw in your comments is your persistence of how bad our defense was, you keep pondering on it in each comments you made the the last time we played the Netherlands let be sincere with ourselves

    • crusader says:

      @21guns, its in . Check it out. Selfmade have had doubts about our chances of making it from the group. However, he complimented the Stars for a good game against the Dutch.

  24. Kwabena says:

    Selfmade,be real bro! It’s either you with us or not…take your stance.

  25. crusader says:

    @Keith from Germany, please bro, read the evidence selfmade gave to support his claims..he commended the team for a good game against the Dutch though selfmade is a guy who feels that GHANAIANS must lower their expectations..***don’t be a lazy reader**

  26. keith from germany says:

    @ bro Crusader i dont hav to read that
    long essay because selfmade has been very critical of the stars defence.
    i wont take this long writing as an evidence to what selfmade is saying.
    Any forumites who come here on a regular basis know that our beloved brother selfmade always changes his mind.
    Today he says this tomorrow he says that.
    our beloved forumite @ Texas will bear me witness.
    Even 21 guns knows what im talking about.
    Crusader with all due respect it seems u have not been following soccernet on a regular basis because if u do so you will see that our dear brother selfmade contradicts himself.
    Selfmade has been criticizing the stars defence but since the tournament started we have been seeing some horrific defendings even by worldclass defenders like ramos,pique and thiago silva.
    As for me i rest my case.monday aint far away.
    we will see whether our defence is up to the task

    • crusader says:

      @Keith from Germany. It seems you are missing the debate here. Its true that Selfmade has been a critique of the Stars. However, with specific reference to the comments me had regards to the Netherlands and Ghana game, we was spot on. He gave credit to the team for a great play.
      If you wanna hold him responsible in an unlikely event that Ghana qualifies from the group, then I am with you. Lets wait and see if selfmade will come and sing praises to the team after they make it from the group. Am a regular visitor on this blog, just that i don’t comment..I only read comments..i felt i have to made my view known lol

  27. Kwame says:

    I am only unhappy at the Montenegro defeat.

  28. Bishop says:

    Guys lets forget whatever any one has said.We have a game on monday.If you Were AA.Who would be in your Team against the yaks

  29. selfmade says:

    @ crusader… Thank u bro!! U indeed one truthful guy!!