The Netherlands are going to be a forced to be reckoned with at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Much of this predicted success is in large part due to Wesley Schneider’s brilliant form over the past club season at Inter Milan. Schneider plays an attacking center mid role for the Dutch similar to what he did for Inter Milan. From this position he is a true playmaker that can create something out of nothing. This makes him a dangerous forward, but what is to be more feared is his passing near goal.
Schneider has always been recognized as a world class player, but only recently has he been truly given that respect. During the most recent 2009-2010 season in Italy, Schneider led his team to the league title as well as the Champions League title. He was the play maker that sparked the teams success.
Schneider has not always played for Inter Milan. He began his career at Ajax of the Netherlands. He played there from 2002 to 2007 and racked up one hundred and twenty seven appearances to go along with forty four goals. From there he went on to sign with arguably the most famous football club in the world, Real Madrid. He played there from 2007-2009, tallying fifty two appearances with eleven goals. After that he was sold to Inter Milan where he played under head coach Jose Mourinho. The two would turn out to be a promising duo, as mentioned earlier, they won both the league title and the Champions League. During his lone season at Inter Milan he made twenty six appearances, four goals, as well as six assists.
Schneider has also had a very good career with the Dutch National Team. He made his debut in 2003 against Portugal. His first major competition that he took part in was Euro 2004 where he made a few appearances as a substitute. He then was a member of the team in the 2006 World Cup in which he started every game. During Euro 2008 he took the Dutch to the quarter finals. In doing this he was selected to the all tournament team. He was also selected to nobody’s surprise to the 2010 World Cup roster for the Netherlands.
At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa the Dutch are going to be a fast paced attacking team that will be run through Wesley Schneider. They selected him to do what he has been doing all season for Inter Milan, making big plays at big times. Take for instance the 2010 Champions League final. He had two assists for to lead his team to a 2-0 win over Bayren Munich. The Dutch have been known to not live up to expectations but this is the year I truly believe things will be different for them. They are a fast, talented, and experienced squad that has arguably the player in the best form leading up to the 2010 World Cup. I think the Dutch are prized for an under the radar birth to the Semi-Finals.