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Dutch meltdown? Locker room discord? Whoa! Who saw that coming?

Jun 13, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

Netherlands Training & Press Conference - Group B: UEFA EURO 2012

As colleague Richard Farley said, “If you had the ‘over’ on June 13 as designated Dutch meltdown day, well, what were you thinking?”

It was coming. We all knew it.

It’s practically a Dutch rite, like dam building or wearing ridiculous, festive orange get-ups to the KNVB match.

From today’s report in The Guardian, Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder says his is a team of “pathetic egos.”

We don’t need a psychologist with the Dutch team, we are grown-up men. The ones who have a problem with other players or the manager should tell them face to face. That is the only psychology we need. We have to stop living on little islands. We must all go for the same goal, be united or face the consequences.”

And more:

It is time we let go of these pathetic egos,” he said. “If somebody is creating a mess [within the squad], I will stand up against them.”

Personally, I think everything might be OK if Arjen Robben would get his darn head up and figure out that goals scored by anybody else on the team count just as much as his goals. He apparently believes “AR goals,” count for three. How else to explain his selfish play from the weekend’s loss to Denmark?

For more on the Dutch day of desperation, see Richard’s excellent work here.

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