FIFA World Cup: Netherlands on a mission in Brazil: Arjen Robben

Jul 05, 2014, 03:10 IST |

Dutch forward says his team want to win the World Cup title in Brazil ahead of their quarter-final clash against Costa Rica

Salvador: Arjen Robben says Netherlands are "on a mission" to win the World Cup for the first time.

Netherlands' Arjen Robben in action during a training session at the Estadio Jose Bastos Padilha Gavea. Pic/Getty Images
Netherlands' Arjen Robben in action during a training session at the Estadio Jose Bastos Padilha Gavea. Pic/Getty Images 

The Dutch suffered the disappointment of being beaten finalists for the third time four years ago in South Africa after losing to Spain, and they have never lifted football's most-coveted prize.

But Robben and his team-mates are out to change that in Brazil, where Louis van Gaal's men have won each of their four games so far en route to the quarter-finals.

The Bayern Munich winger told "I think we are on a mission together, and when you come to a World Cup it's not to enjoy the weather and enjoy the beach in Rio.

'Proud of where we are'
"You're here to win matches and to go as far as possible. I don't think the expectations were that high before the tournament and, as a result, we can be very proud of where we are."

Such spirit has certainly been on show to date, with Netherlands reaching the Last Eight — where they will face Costa Rica — thanks to a dramatic late comeback against Mexico.

A goal down after 87 minutes, Van Gaal's side turned the game on its head thanks to a fine strike from Wesley Sneijder and substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's last-ditch penalty.

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Robben puts much of the credit down to the head coach, who will take the reins at Manchester United at the conclusion of the tournament.

"We have a fantastic manager who knows exactly which players to bring on at what time and how to change things on the pitch, so that's fantastic," he added.

Number of times the Netherlands have won the World Cup

Number of times the Netherlands have reached the final of the World Cup


Facts about Costa Rica

Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto learned his coaching from Rinus Michels — the Dutchman who invented ‘total football’.

Costa Rica conceded just seven goals in 10 games World Cup qualifying games, the most miserly record in Concacaf

Their best performance at football’s showpiece event before this came in their first World Cup in 1990, when they shocked the world and advanced to the Round of 16.

Jorge Luis Pinto’s side, playing with a 5-4-1 combination, have conceded only two goals so far in the tournament

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