Millions of fans across the world are eagerly awaiting the start of the FIFA World Cup 2014 hosted by the colourful country of Brazil. And skippering the Holland team this year is Manchester United striker – Robin van Persie. Joining van Persie on his quest for the World Cup title are fellow Premier League players Tim Krul, Michel Vorm, Jonathan De Guzman and Ron Vlaar amongst the final 23 headed to Brazil this year.
Though the Loius van Gaal’s line up is all geared up for the FIFA World Cup 2014, many are questioning if the skipper is in good form to bring home the title.
After a near injury-free season as he was for most part of his stint with Arsenal last year, van Persie was not so lucky this season. During the United Manchester’s tour to Japan, van Persie suffered a muscle injury and also had issues with his toes almost as soon as the season began. But it was his injury in mid-December which put him out for nearly six weeks. Towards the end of the Champions League last-16 win over Olympiakos at Old Tafford, where he scored all the goals (3-0), van Persie was hit from behind by the centre-back Kostas Manolas. Scores of fans gaped as the season’s favourite cringed in pain and collapsed clutching his left knee.
Despite the injury and an underwhelming campaign with Manchester United this year (which saw United relinquish their Premier League title failing to qualify for Europe for the first time in two decades), van Persie feels positive for his team in their quest for the World Cup.
He said, “I’m feeling good. Mentally I’m fresh. If you play a full season, you can be a little bit tired at the end of the season. But I’m fresh and the knee is fine as well; so I’m looking forward to it. I’m 100 per cent. It’s just that I need a full game now.” Fans, not just in his home country but across the world, are hoping that van Persie keeps his word.
Team Holland begins their World Cup campaign on 13th June against Spain. The 2014 FIFA World Cup – which is the 20th international men’s football tournament – is scheduled to take place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014.