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Netherlands go without a 'Van' in lineup for the first time since 1996

Sports stat of the day!

Robin Van Persie is suspended for Netherlands vs. Chile, which is news for two reasons.

(1) Soccer ... tactics ... sports ... whatever.
(2) Important: The Netherlands face a historical lack of players with "Van" in their name!

From the Telegraph:

Van down! Stop everything. Take a breath. We have some serious news. Robin van Persie is suspended for tonight’s potentially exceptional Holland v Chile match. This means that his team will have a non-grand total of zero players with "Van" in their names in their starting line-up.

This has not happened since a 1996 friendly against China.

Here is a helpful Van Diagram.

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