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Ask the MB: Bert van Marwijk and the Dutch Coaching Staff

Ask the MB: Bert van Marwijk and the Dutch Coaching Staff
Q: What is Bert van Marwijk and the rest of the Dutch coaching staff wearing? Even if the Dutch do not go on to win, it is apparent that van Marwijk is the best dressed amongst all the World Cup teams.
--James T.


A: It definitely doesn't hurt to have a tan and a head of white hair, but the Dutchmans' fitted suits with short-hemmed jackets, combined with open point collar shirts is a look that may take them to the championship.

World Cup Quarterfinal Predictions

World Cup Quarterfinal Predictions
Last week longtime reader Duncan suggested we predict World Cup quarterfinal appearances based on the teams' coaches' match-day attire. The Saturday matches played out as you'd expect. From top:

Uruguay's Oscar Tabarez wears boxy banker suits, but was an easy winner over South Korea's Huh Jung-Moo, who's officially the last person on earth who should be wearing a spread collar. In the other match Ghana's Milovan Rajevac could've worn almost anything to beat Bob Bradley; the poor bastard's only a fanny pack shy of pulling off of the archetypal clueless American tourist look.

The Sunday matchups were a different story. The normally natty Joachim Loew wore some kind of royal blue synthetic v-neck under a blazer and his German team still crushed Fabio Capello's Englishmen. Then Mexico's Javier Aguirre's understated elegance easily succumbed to the noisy, shiny, diamond earring-wearing Diego Maradona, who looks a contestant on the Argentine version of Tool Academy.

So far it's a flip of a coin. A 50-50 proposition. How should things play out?

Paraguay (Gerardo Martino) over Japan (Takeshi Okada)

Portugal (Carlos Queiroz) over Spain (Vicente Del Bosque)

Netherlands (Bert van Marwijk) over Slovakia (Vladimir Weiss)

Brazil (Dunga) over Chile (Marcello Bielsa)

World Cup Coach Attire

The U.S. could be in big trouble on Saturday vs. Ghana
The U.S. could be in big trouble on Saturday vs. Ghana
Q: Longtime reader. How about a follow-up to the WC question about the Capello/Beckham suits. The first knock-out round is coming, and based upon choice of clothing, which teams should make it to the quarterfinals?
--Duncan


A: Duncan, this is a great idea we will strongly consider.

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