Entering Euro 2012, Holland was one of the favorites to win Euro 2012 but after a nightmarish tournament they have been eliminated after three consecutive losses left them without a point in Group B.
Holland is a team with world class quality players but instead they played like a group of strangers. Winger Arjen Robben even pinpointed selfishness as a cause for the Netherlands' tumultuous tournament.
The team had to battle with a bevy of egos within their dressing room, that created tension room before the tournament kicked off. Unfortunately, manager Bert van Marwijk failed to sort out the off field ego clashes between the Dutch players.
"It's very difficult for us in this group, because there are just too many big egos. After the World Cup they may have become even bigger. That makes it hard for us," the attacker told the official Dutch Football website.
28-year old striker, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has been crying for the golden opportunity for a long time. 0 attempts and 0 goals along with a 57% pass completion was Huntelaar's contribution to the Dutch side against Portugal. The stats speak more than anything.
The Nightmare started for few Dutch players even before Euro 2012 with their respective clubs. Robin van Persie was the top scorer for the Gunners but still couldn't manage to earn a piece of silverware during an awful season. Arjen Robben was very close to geting his hands on the Champions League Silverware for Bayern Munich but his missed penalty kick in extra time of the Final gave Chelsea new life.
Wesley Sneijder of Inter Milan and Rafael van der Vaart of the Tottenham Hotspurs have a similar tale as their respective clubs did not even qualify for the Champions League next season.
With the long disappointment season behind them with their respective clubs, the Dutch played lethargic and failed to live up to lofty expectations.
With the horrific manner that the Dutch team has performed at during Euro 2012, we should be grateful that we can witness some high quality football from a country which plays as team rather than a bunch of strangers. Holland finally performed with the maturity befitting of a school club throughout the tournament. I am not surprised with the exit of the Dutch side from Euro's and surely many of them have the same feeling. At the end of the day it is football and everything is possible in football.