Arjen Robben: The Key to Dutch Victory at Euro 2012

By Matthew Snyder
at Internationaled.org

Published: March 3, 2012

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Arjen Robben was the driving force behind Jose Mourinho's first English Premier League title with Chelsea in 2005.

He spearheaded Bayern Munich's run to the 2010 Champions League final.

He even labored through a debilitating injury to help push Holland to the World Cup final just a month and a half after he'd come up short against Inter Milan at the Bernebeu.

Two goals in five matches amounted for a fantastic return for the winger. Robben had missed Holland's first two group stage matches while recovering from a hamstring injury.

He was instrumental in their wins against Slovakia (goal), Brazil (assist) and Uruguay (goal), all while laboring through the lingering effects of that debilitating tendon knock.

Imagine how dangerous he could be at 100 percent.

On Wednesday against England, we saw just what an in-form Robben can do to an opposing side, even one playing in vaunted Wembley Arena, site of an English win against Spain just three and a half months ago. Sure, it was a friendly, but still.

The man was a class apart.

Robben at full tilt makes for a visual akin to a whirlwind coupled with a whirling dervish. Basically, think the Tasmanian Devil with a tad more class and far greater sense for technique.

I assumed Robben has a clearer diction, as well. But I digress...



We saw an attacking Robben at full effect on Holland's first goal, which he crafted out of nothing.

Londoners might have forgiven themselves a moment of disbelief as they watched the Dutchman embark upon a 60-yard run, perhaps mistaking what became a sensational solo goal by Robben for a certain former Gunner who used to make a habit out of full-field sprints followed by cool finishes.

The distance seemed covered in an instant. Robben's goal fired what had been a plodding event into full-fledged life. We'd see four more goals after that one before Holland took ...
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