Posts Tagged Netherlands

Netherlands looking to finish World Cup unbeaten

Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal arrives for a news conference at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, July 11, 2014. The Netherlands will face Brazil in the World Cup third-place match Saturday. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal is trying to motivate his players for the third-place match against Brazil by giving them the mission of becoming the only Dutch squad to finish a World Cup unbeaten in regular play.

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Despite woes, Argentines united in World Cup run

Soccer fans react as they watch via a live broadcast the World Cup semifinal match between Argentina and Netherlands in an outdoor screen in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Argentina made it to the World Cup final with a 4-2 shootout win over the Netherlands after the game finished in a 0-0 stalemate. (AP Photo/Ivan Fernandez)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Soccer has once again emerged as the patriotic touchstone that unites Argentines as they teeter on the precipice, this time threatened by a debt crisis, soaring inflation and the scandal-plagued end to a 12-year political dynasty that has polarized the nation.

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Weary Dutch have no interest in 3rd place game

Netherlands' Arjen Robben pauses during a training session of The Netherlands in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, July 10, 2014. The Netherlands will face Brazil for the match for third place at the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Another World Cup, another sad story for the Netherlands.

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Stars Robben, Van Persie empty-handed again

Netherlands' Arjen Robben reacts after missing a chance during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie ultimately came up empty-handed as the Netherlands ran out of steam in the World Cup semifinals.

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Netherlands holds Argentina 0-0 at halftime

Argentina's Lionel Messi, left, shoots a free-kick past the Dutch defense during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Netherlands and Argentina are heading to extra time in their World Cup semifinal after finishing the regulation 90 minutes locked at 0-0.

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