should holland win the world cup in africa?

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

should holland (aka the netherlands) win the first world cup in africa? considering it’s in south africa, which was once a dutch colony and the country (not the football team or anyone presently alive at this point), along with the uk (we’re not letting anyone off the hook), instituted apartheid by dividing africans into blacks and coloureds and completely segregating the blacks and the coloureds from the white south africans.

there is a theory that history is played out on the pitch during the world cup. and it would only be fitting that germany, one of the few european countries that didn’t really have overseas colonies (except for namibia for a minute) should win the world cup. or uruguay, which itself is a product of colonialism, as opposed to the netherlands. and given that the citizens of holland have just thrown a surge of support behind a far right racists, anti-immigrant political party, which came second (according to the daily telegraph) or third (according to the economist) in national elections (going from 9 seats to 24 seats). so at this moment in history is the world cup deserved?
but perhaps if holland’s party of football one day takes its rightful place in the government, all will be forgotten.


10 comments on “should holland win the world cup in africa?

  1. Jamie Holts says:

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  4. Haze says:

    The Netherlands were one of the loudest opposers of apartheid during the seventies and eighties. Even in football. Ruud Gullit, supported Nelson Mandela in the period that he probably was the most well known football player in the world.

    It is because of things like these, and not the horrible things that happened centuries ago, that the (colored) people of South Africa are sympathetic to the Netherlands.

    And to keep the link to modern day football, some players of the Dutch team have strongly rejected the anti-immigration party you speak of. You might also want to take notice of the fact that you probably can’t find a more racially, culturally and religiously divided team than the Netherlands. They are very united however.

  5. Brian says:

    You suggest that NL and UK instituted apartheid but apartheid was instituted in 1948 when South Africa was an independent state. As far as I know the British took over control from the Dutch in the early 1800s so to put apartheid down to NL is a stretch.

    Germany had colonies in Tanzania and Cameroon as well as Namibia. In Namibia they are accused of one of the first genocides of the 20th century when they put down a rebellion by the Herero. The only reason we don’t think of them as owning colonies is that they lost them after the first world war but their colonial presence in Africa was extensive and much more recent than the Dutch. The Dutch, however, were heavily involved in slave trading.

  6. EJ says:

    Dismal piece of writing.

  7. Duncan says:

    Your knowledge of African and colonial history is so lamentable it is a pity cyberspace is being clogged up by it. Germany had many territories in Africa – Namibia, German Cameroons, German East Africa – whilst the Dutch never colonised South Africa. They had parts of what is today South Africa but were systematically overrun by the British every time the Dutch discovered a valuable commodity (gold, diamonds etc). By 1910, before the imposition of apartheid, South Africa was a British colony. The Dutch have never supported apartheid and were amongst the most vocal critics of it – unlike the British, French, Germans and Americans who tolerated apartheid South Africa for business and ‘strategic’ purposes.

  8. Jacob Danzo says:

    Please get your historical facts straight before writing a semi-historical article… You’re off by 150 years.

  9. Andy H says:

    Germany had quite a few colonies – Namibia, most of what is now Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi in Africa (at least) as well as a lot of the island nations in the Pacific. In the one I’m most familiar with (the country now known as the Federated States of Micronesia) they were a particularly brutal colonial power

  10. Dan says:

    Bloody Hell mate, bit of a stretch, don’t you think!?

    Where on earth did you get the idea to equate the current national squad of the Netherlands with the dutch settlers of old that started a nation, which was taken over by the Brits, which then became independent , and which then implemented a government-backed scheme to discriminate people based on the colour of their skin.

    Talk about clutching satirical straws in a desperate manner! Its just so desperate and laboured, ouch!

    “Look mom, i can do it too……”

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