Dutch need more ‘lef’ to avoid Euro 2012 exit

”Lef.” It’s a tiny three-letter word that for decades has

meant what Netherlands football is all about.

The term translates to nerve, daring and guts all mixed into a

smooth, creative kind of play that made Oranje famous around the

globe. Look at Johan Cruyff, and you see ”lef” personified. It

showed how a nation of just 16 million turned into world beaters on

the pitch.

Now, for the first time in living memory, the Dutch team doesn’t

have enough of it at the European Championship after losing its

first two matches. Even the coach says so.

The Netherlands needs Group B archrival Germany to beat Denmark

on Sunday to stand a chance to survive. And even then, it still has

to beat Portugal by two goals.