Easy during the group stage, but then…

The controversial World Cup tournament kicked off in Qatar on Sunday. This raises some questions: Should we have been there, what are the chances of Orange? The coaches of amateur clubs in Heusden municipality provide the answer.

“The World Cup was not supposed to be given to Qatar, things really went wrong there. It’s really ironic,” says Nieuwkuijk coach Cornet Verhoeven. On Orange’s chances: “I think the Netherlands will pass the group stage easily. Then it can go either way, as the recent European Championship showed.” He doesn’t immediately see Holland as the favourite. “In my opinion, Brazil is making the most of it. Among European countries, France and Spain ranked highest. Don’t underestimate Germany, this is a real championship team.

RKDVC coach Edwin van Wijk thinks it makes sense after some dubbing for Orange to travel to Qatar. “Players can’t help keeping it there. They can use the platform to show what they stand for.” On the Orange: “The quarter-finals should be possible. There is a good chance they will beat Argentina, that will be a tough story.” Contenders: Brazil and France have a good selection, and they deserve the final. I would like to let Denmark go far, especially now that Christian Eriksen is back.”

Qatar or not? The player was pronounced Ali Al-Bairaq (Dronin Club). “You definitely have to go! Football is and will remain an international sport that should not be affected politically.” Give up on Orange. “I see Holland progressing to the final, because we have quality across the board. The same goes for France. Belgium is an outsider.” Technically and tactically, no rabbits will be pulled out of the hat, Albayrak believes.

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SC Elschott coach Gilbert de Witter, who thinks it is normal for the Netherlands to participate in the World Cup, sees good prospects. “With Louis van Gaal we have a great coach, yes with a capital letter, who always conjures up something.” According to de Vitter, Germany should not be underestimated either. “They are always in good shape for the tournament.”

Flegmens Boys coach Erik van Esch and Harstig coach Ercomment Mitten could not be reached for comment.

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