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Main man ban leaves Dutch without a Van

Monday, 23 June 2014 - 6:18pm IST | Place: Salvador (Brazil) | Agency: Reuters

The suspension of captain Robin van Persie for Monday's World Cup Group B decider against Chile means the Netherlands will play an international without a player whose surname begins with 'Van' for the first time in almost two decades. The last time it happened was in 1996 in a friendly against China, some 221 matches ago, the Algemeen Dagblad reported on Saturday.

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