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A trip into space for Netherlands if they win FIFA World Cup 2014

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Rio de Janeiro, July 1: The 23-man Netherlands' World Cup 2014 squad will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make a trip into space if they win the Jules Rimet Trophy in Brazil.

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According to a report in "The Independent" newspaper, a Dutch aerospace company has offered this out-of-the-world incentive to the team.

Netherlands have never won the World Cup before. Now, they are into the quarter-finals and will face Costa Rica in the last-eight meeting on July 5 in Salvador.

"Practically unspellable Dutch aerospace engineering company Ruimtevaartbedrijf SXC, or SXC for short, have promised the 23-man squad all a flight into space if they win their next four games and therefore the World Cup trophy," the newspaper report said.

The trip to space is inspired by Dutch captain Robin van Persie's flying header into the net against Spain in their FIFA World Cup 2014 opener which they won 5-1.

Michiel Mol, Co-founder of SXC, told Dutch media: "As a company of Dutch origin, we are mega proud of the achievements of Oranje in Brazil. An unearthly performance deserves an unearthly reward!

"We are going to try to take the players literally to a higher level - 103 km!

"(We'll take) the whole selection of 23 players and of course, Louis van Gaal."

Netherlands have been runner-up at World Cup thrice including in the last edition in 2010 in South Africa where they lost to Spain.

If Netherlands' manage to reach the final and win it on July 13, may be they could even take the Trophy into space!

OneIndia News

Story first published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 16:25 [IST]
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