World Cup final: Can Netherlands' Wesley Sneijder win the Cup, the Golden Ball, and Golden Boot?(Read article summary)
Star Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder goes into this World Cup final with the opportunity to win Golden Boot for most goals in the Cup and the Golden Ball, FIFA's version of MVP. Can he do it?
There are many reasons the Dutch team is in this World Cup final after decades of failing to live up to the lofty expectations that saddle the elite soccer nation.
They have a great coach, Bert van Marwijk, who has managed to keep the top-notch players on the Oranje from squabbling as they have in World Cups past.
"I think the spirit in the camp has been extremely important," said team captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst, whose solid leadership is another reason the Netherlands has done well. "We have seen in this World Cup that when teams have problems off the pitch, somehow it causes problems on the pitch. We have made sure we have created a positive atmosphere that allows us to perform and we hope we will be rewarded for that [in the championship match]."
They also have an excellent playmaker and goal scorer in Arjen Robben; a lethal striker in Robin van Persie; a midfield destroyer in Mark van Bommel, who promises to “break” Spain’s Tiki-Taka passing machine; and a tireless midfield distributor in Dirk Kuyt.