World Cup 2018: Why Brazil, Spain and the Netherlands can help England shirk their unwanted stereotype in Russia
Thereâs nothing like the colour of a World Cup for firing a countryâs imagination, for making everyone hope they can do something historicâ¦ but also thereby nothing like it for colouring the entire impression of a team and creating a perception that permanently lasts. As the biggest event a national side can be involved in, this is where results resound for a long time. This is where images of a side become as set as the colours of their shirt.
This is where Brazil Football became beautiful winners, where Germany became resolute winners and where the Netherlands became so entertainingly frustrating.
The Dutch havenât made it this time for some fairly deep reasons, with their role almost directly taken by neighbours Belgium, but those reasons also reflect something very relevant now that weâre going to hear so many of the old perceptions of sides again over the next few weeks.