Netherlands-Argentina, old acquaintances in the World
Behind the 1-7 inflicted by Germany on Brazil, the Germans are waiting for a rival in the final that will take place in Maracana next Sunday 13 of July. Whoever happens, the Germans will repeat the final and in both, they were victorious. In 1974, the Germans at that time called the German Federal Republic, they beat Holland and became champions in a World Cup where they were hosts. In 1990, in Italy, the German team won by 1-0 Argentina with a controversial penalty. But nevertheless, the two semifinalists of today are not unknown either, since up to four times Argentines and Dutch have met in World Cup history.
Argentina returns to a semifinal 24 years after Italy 90. Argentine, they have only been in this round three times in their entire history without counting today's and the other three, they went to the final. They won two and were runners-up in 1990. The Dutch for their part, have played three World Cup finals (1974, 1978 Y 2010) and they have lost all three. Van Gaal's team seeks its fourth final, this time to win. As we said, Holland and Argentina have met up to four times in the World Cups (1974, 78, 1998 Y 2006) with a favorable balance for the Dutch although the Argentines undoubtedly had their sweetest victory in the final held in 1978 in Buenos Aires.
The first cross between the Dutch and the Argentines dates from 1974 at the World Cup held in a Germany divided into two. There, Cruyff's Clockwork Orange gave a soccer display and thrashed by 4-0 the Argentines who could do little against a total team. The second, It was four years later at the World Cup in Argentina 1978, in the end, and the Argentines took revenge winning 3-1 in overtime with a stellar Kempes. It was the first World Cup for Argentina.
They would not meet again in a World Cup until 24 years later, this time in the tournament held in France in 1998. The Dutch won by 2-1 thanks to a goal from the Dutch with fear of flying, Dennis Bergkamp. The last precedent dates from 2006, of the World Cup in Germany where both squads tied the result glasses, the 0-0. In Brazil 2014, both will meet in the semifinals of the tournament with very similar feelings.
Argentines arrive confident in doing something great although their box and crosses have been quite affordable. Sabella's squad outclassed Iran, Nigeria and Bosnia in the first round, all of them affordable rivals, and won with great difficulties two teams with a great future but somewhat green, such as Switzerland and Belgium. The match against the Netherlands is presented as the highest level of those faced by the Argentines so far.
The Dutch thrashed Spain, still current tournament champion, and was ahead of Chile. Later, he managed to pass with great fortune and undeservedly against Mexico and on penalties with a Van Gaal machado included against Costa Rica.. The sensations are found but as we have said, whatever happens, there will be a repeat of the World Cup final.