Originally Posted by Kid A
Agreed. Robben aside (if he's half the petulant child he comes across as on tv...), it seems harsh how international soccer can play out - a few games against 3 of the top 10 teams in the world leading to a total house cleaning? I mean, if it's a situation like 4 years ago with England failing to ****ing qualify for the Euros, yeah, time to reevaluate things. Or even France in the last WC, bowing out early and making total a-holes of themselves off the field.
But 2 years off a trip to the WC final for the Dutch, I think the fan and media sensationalism can make out a couple mediocre performances to equal some deep, systemic problem. That's why they had a qualifying system to even make it to this point - these are the best teams in toughest continent the sport has. You'll go out early occasionally. Unless you're Germany.
They have two years to figure it out. But, to not make it out of the group stage is pretty bad.