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The Netherlands: Destiny's Team

The grand final of the 2010 South Africa World Cup features La Furia Roja of Spain and Clockwork Oranje of the Netherlands. It will be an incredible history making final as the winner will lift the World Cup trophy for the 1st time in their rich footballing history. A first time champion in the first African World Cup.

For the nation also known as Holland and The Low Countries there is a sense of destiny with this group of Dutch players. With this run to the final, the faithful fans of Oranje have to be thinking that this is the tournament where the Dutch can stop being known as "The Best Nation Never To Win The World Cup" and finally lift the most famous trophy in sports.

(AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Surely, Rafael Van der Vaart would like to hold the real FIFA World Cup Trophy on Sunday. Considering, the Netherlands path to the final match, luck might be on their side. Let's review.

Netherlands' 1st match of the tournament, they defeat Denmark 2-0 with the help of an own goal by Danish defender Daniel Agger.
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Netherlands' 2nd match was a hard fought 1-0 win against a tough Japan team. The lone goal was a shot from Dutch #10 Wesley Sneijder that should have been saved by Japan keeper Eiji Kawashima but he went the wrong way and deflected the Jabulani into the net.
((AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

What about the unraveling of Brazil in the quarterfinal? The 1st Oranje goal was really an own goal/goalkeeping error with shared blame on Brazil midfielder Felipe Melo and keeper Julio Cesar.
(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
A Wesley Sneijder header goal, a Felipe Melo red card, and some Arjen Robben histrionics and one of the pre-tournament favorites were out in a fashion that  disgraced the Jogo Bonito and Brazilian football.

The semifinal match with another South American foe was duel of Golazos with Dutch captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst scoring first with a tremendous shot from well outside the box.
(AP Photo/Roberto Candia)

Diego Forlan equalized for Uruguay with a long distance blast of his own.  However, The Dutch stayed mentally tough imposed their will in the 2nd half and defeated Uruguay 3-2 as the Netherlands withstood a furious Uruguay rally late in the half.   The Dutch are a highly skilled side and they have certainly earned their place in the final but make no mistake, Clockwork Oranje have had some positive fortune on their side.

On Sunday in Johannesburg at Soccer City Stadium, the Netherlands will be appearing in their 3rd World Cup final match.  With the good fortune that has followed the Netherlands throughout the tournament, the third time could be the charm as the FIFA World Cup Trophy could finally be draped in Oranje.

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