World Cup: Netherlands
(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Dutch players pose prior to a friendly against Japan on Sept. 5, 2009, in Enschede, Netherlands.
Men's ranking: 3
Overall World Cup record: 16-10-10
Coach: Bert van Marwijk
Best performance: Runner-up, 1974, 1978
Overview: Any team containing the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Mark van Bommel, Rafael van der Vaart, Robin van Persie and Dirk Kuyt, to mention only six players, is bound to be a contender and the Dutch, ranked third in the world, are definitely that. Their problem, historically, has been the strange ability to self-destruct, with the cause generally being internal feuding. The independent-minded Dutch players simply don't jell well and that could spell another premature exit. -- Grahame L. Jones