Monday, June 16, 2008

Should The Dutch Lose on Purpose?

Going into the final Group C games, a Romania win against the Netherlands would mean that Italy and France would both be eliminated from the tournament.

The question that has been coming up all this week is, "Should the Dutch Lose the Game on Purpose?" 

I personally don't think the Dutch would throw the game because the players have too much pride in both their game, and their country, to simply let Romania beat them.

Also, based on the way that France and Italy played against them, the Dutch shouldn't be scared to play either of them again in the next rounds. We have obviously seen that the French and Italian sides in this Euro tournament are not the same sides that made it to the World Cup final only 2 years ago.

In my opinion, beating Romania would eliminate the better team in the group.

What do you think? Should the Dutch lose on purpose to eliminate France and Italy?


Matti said...

It's a very difficult question. On the one hand, I don't think anyone should ever just lie down and let someone win, but on the other hand it is clear that neither Italy nor France are the sides they were, and it would be interesting to see the glory given to a smaller nation. Romania have been playing surprisingly well recently, though not well enough to beat the Dutch.
I think I want the Romanians to win.
I like your blog by the way, just found it.

Anonymous said...

no cause i bet money on them to win

mad6986 said...

thanks matti...

Hopefully the Netherlands and Italy pull out the wins tmmrow...but we will see.


Monica 08 said...

No Holland shouldn't lose on purpose. What if Van Basten puts the substitutes, so called "Netherlands B team," and they come out with not much determination and end up with a draw.

I think the France-Italy game is the most important Euro 2008 game so far. 2 favorites can be eliminated just like that.