FIFA World Cup: Five Dutch players with off-the-pitch interests....

Jul 08, 2014, 08:30 IST | AFP

Dirk Kuyt
Dirk KuytCharity on my mind: He and his wife Gertrude, a former nurse, set up the Dirk Kuyt Foundation for homeless children in 2006. One project was to help street children in Brazil while another was to build a home for children with HIV in Nepal. “I just like to make people happy,” he had said.

Robin van Persie
Robin van PersieGloria in Excelsior: Van Persie eschewed the arty lifestyle of his parents — his father is a sculptor and mother designs jewellery — and specialised in scoring. Not forgetting his roots, he has been providing funds for the youths at Excelsior, the Rotterdam club where he first started as a child.

Wesley Sneijder
Wesley SneijderThai kick boxing: He resorted to a far from obvious solution when Louis van Gaal dropped him from the squad during the Turkish league season because of a disastrous form. Sneijder exploited his love of Thai kick boxing by getting back into shape with European champion Gokhan Saki.

Arjen Robben
Arjen RobbenLove for tennis: For a player who has a tendency to dive or fall on the pitch, it may come as no surprise that he loves to play tennis to relax. While hard courts would probably deter him from tumbling dramatically onto the ground, the grass courts present an ideal opportunity.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar
Klaas Jan HuntelaarFishing fever: The moody striker, who seems to be keeping a lid on his fragile temperament during the ongoing World Cup unlike at Euro 2012 when he sulked his way through them because of being left out at the expense of Robin van Persie, is a keen fisherman.

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