Arjen Robben getting his head stapled during match against Germany

Brooks Peck
June 14, 2012

Football hasn't gotten much more enjoyable for Arjen Robben since his disastrous Champions League final last month.  Two losses in two Euro 2012 matches for the Netherlands after being the highest scoring team in qualifying has led to inevitable rumors of infighting and bitterness.

In the first half of their 2-1 loss to Germany, Arjen Robben opened up a cut after a clash of heads with Holger Badstuber. Defying his reputation as an overly dramatic glass sculpture, Robben hurried off the pitch, had the trainer staple his head, winced like Popeye and went right back in the game.

That steely reserve was less evident when he was substituted for Dirk Kuyt in the 83rd minute, though, as he walked right past the bench and headed for the dressing room, probably in equal parts tantrum and need to get his head properly looked at.

And in other disgruntled Dutchmen news, Rafael van der Vaart probably regrets excluding Mario Gomez, who has scored all three of Germany's goals in the tournament, from his assessment that the Germans only have three great players -- Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gotze. That is, if he can stop stewing over the fact that manager's son-in-law Mark van Bommel continues to start over him.