Roel Liefden The engaging smile becomes even broader when the subject of playing alongside Diego is raised. I’m very proud, he says of his sons rapidly improving status on the Dutch beach soccer scene. When he started to play football he was like eight or nine years old, and then I thought it would be nice to play together. Now we play here in Tahiti at the Beach Soccer World Cup and to stand together for the national anthem is pretty special. Diego, for his part, is similarly left in wonder by the unlikely overlapping careers. I didn’t imagine one day to play with my dad in the national team and even less to be with him for a World Cup and it’s pretty special. Unfortunately I didn’t play against the Solomon Islands. I hope to be on the field for the next game. No margin for error With their FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup debut out of the way Netherlands should feel more comfortable taking the field against El Salvador on Saturday, and then in the final group match against Argentina two days later. The opening defeat means they can ill-afford another slip-up, but Roel believes the dream is very much still alive.
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