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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Sneijder owns the first week of Euro 2008

Wesley Sneijder has taken control of Euro 2008. His credentials are great - trained in the Ajax academy and made his name with the technical Dutch side before transferring to Real Madrid last summer and being a big driver in their stroll to the Spanish championship.

The things I see in Sneijder are great close ball control, balance, energy, teamwork and ability to strike a football. But there is something else about Sneijder that is really coming through in this tournament - he is fearless and plays with the same consistency and confidence no matter who the opponent is. Like Cesc Fabregas this is a young guy who can be relied upon to perform in the biggest matches because of an in-built composure that is exceptional to see.

He sets the tone for the Dutch in his energy, confidence, ability and interplay with teammates. He is the leader and tone-setter of this extremely cohesive and lethal Dutch side. He is the main reason why the Dutch have mauled the reigning World Champions and World Cup runners-up in the space of four days. Having just turned 24 years old we are witnessing the breakthrough of a champion player - and it is great to see.

One final thought for now: if Ronaldo was to leave Man Utd and join Sneijder at Real Madrid the Bernabeu would be a must-visit for any football fan next season.


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