The players are visibly overwhelmed.
When an entire nation – well almost everyone – sends best wishes for its national team at the airport for the most important soccer event in the world, one can feel a little a little emotional.
That’s exactly what happened with the Netherlands’ soccer players who were leaving for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The mega sporting event starts next Thursday and the final match will be played on July 13.
The 2010 World Cup was one of the most important tournaments for the Dutch team because they beat Uruguay 3–2 to advance to their first World Cup final since 1978.
However, the team eventually lost the cup to Spain 1–0 after midfielder Andres Iniesta scored in extra time.
Last week, Netherlands captain Robin van Persie was withdrawn at half-time of his country's final warm-up game against Wales in Amsterdam on Wednesday with a groin issue.
However, Van Persie declared himself 100 percent fit for the World Cup on Friday, adding that he had also fully recovered from the knee injury which kept him out action for two months towards the end of the Premier League season.
"Against Wales, I stayed behind in the changing room for the second half just to be careful because the match against Spain is much more important," he said, according to Reuters.
"My groin was progressively a little irritated. If it had been a sudden pain I would been concerned but you can't really even call it an injury."