Poll: Best Dutch goal ever? (Part 1.)
Look guys, it’s part one, ok? I know there’s more to come and the real “best goal ever” will be selected after the finals! We want to give Ruud and Rafael some more opportunities. But, I can’t control myself… I wanted to poll your ideas already. So, humor me, ok?
Wesley Sneijder’s brilliant strike against Italy has been described as one of the greatest Netherlands goals ever. The Real Madrid man volleyed home from close range after a sweeping team move that took the ball from one end of the pitch to the other in a matter of seconds.
Arjen Robben scored a not too shabby goal against France. A beautiful combination, a through pass by Sneijder and the Madrid winger appeared to be in a cul-de-sac, heading home the 3-1 behind Coupet. Who, I swear, pulled his fingers back in true terror! And the timing of this one was crucial too: France was knocking on the door and Henry had just scored the 2-1 from off side (sorry, got to be nitpicker all the way!).
But how does Sneijder’s and Robben’s goal rank about the finest ever scored by De Oranje?
Here are some of the best:
Dennis Bergkamp (v Argentina, 1998)
Bergkamp got some practice in a few months earlier, scoring a similarly exquisite goal against Leicester City. Substitute Roberto Ayala for Matthew Elliott and a World Cup quarter-final for Filbert Street, and the result was the same. Bergkamp trapped a 60-yard Frank De Boer pass, beat his man and finished with the outside of his right foot.
Ronald Koeman (v England, 1993)
Perversely celebrated by England fans since it signalled the end of the Graham Taylor era, Koeman should not have been on the pitch to score it having committed a professional foul on David Platt. Presented with a free-kick just outside the box, Brian Moore thought Koeman was going to ‘flip one’, but David Seaman did not. Sadly, the man from ITV was right.
Marco van Basten (v USSR, 1988)
This physics-defying volley has been played to death, but never loses its brilliance no matter how many times you see it. Arnold Mühren overhit his cross from the left, pushing Van Basten far too wide to attempt a shot. He hit it anyway, sending a dipping volley over Rinat Dassayev and into the far corner to set Holland on the way to victory in the Euro ‘88 final.
Arie Haan (v Italy, 1978)
The Italians were on the receiving end of another piece of Dutch genius at the 1978 World Cup. Holland took a short free-kick and the unchallenged Haan unleashed a stunning drive from 40 yards that gained height from the time it left his right boot until it crashed in off the right-hand post, giving the great Dino Zoff no chance.
Johan Cruyff (v Belgium, 1976)
The greatest Dutchman of all scored a few goals, but none showed off his ability to, well, show off, like this one from a European Championship game. Cruyff collected the ball on the left and cut inside to the edge of the box, looking for a team-mate in the middle. While still looking away from goal, he scooped the ball past a stunned Belgian keeper into the corner from a tight angle.
Dennis Bergkamp (v Germany, 1992)
The Non-flying Dutchman was flying on his EC1992. Oranje gave Germany football lessons when Aron Winter broke on the right side looking for Marco van Basten. The current team manager saw Dennis Bergkamp coming into the box right behind him and unmarked. Van Basten pointed his finger to the Iceman, Winter obliged and Holland seemed to be on it’s way to another European title when Dennis hit the ball home.
Johan Cruyff (v Argentina, 1974)
Oranje humiliated Argentina in the group stages at the WC1974. According to many, Willem van Hanegem was the real playmaker of the team, but the strategist didn’t get to open his account on the WC. His attempt to score was blocked by the Argentinian goalie, pushing the ball wide where one Johan Cruyff was lurking. Everyone expected a cross, Cruyff chipped the ball outside left foot (!) over the goalie: 4-1.
There have been more sweet goals of course. But some of them were of lesser consequence. John Bosman scored five against Malta, but the game was cancelled after the infamous bomb-incident. Gio van Bronckhorst scored a flying volley from 40 meters against Ireland in the WC2002 qualifications campaign, but that was just against Ireland and wouldn’t result in any heroic campaign afterwards. Then there’s the goals Nees and Cruyff scored against Brazil in 1974, or the four Kluivert scored against Yugoslavia in 2000. Even the Frank de Boer free-kick against France in 2000 doesn’t really qualify because both teams were already qualified for the knock out phase…
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