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Craig Porter 10th Nov 2009 - 14:06

Holland v Netherlands - you decide for a chance of free bet

They were European Champions in 1988 and were World Cup runners-up in both 1974 and 1978. They are ranked third in the world by FIFA, invented Total Football and brought us one of football's true legends in Johan Cruyff.

Their country is famous for its tulips, canals, clogs, coffee shops, boys sticking their fingers in dykes and for being flat but, here at William Hill, we just don't know what to call their national football team.

We all know that the Netherlands is the correct name for the country and, therefore the football team - FIFA say so, UEFA say so and so do the KNVB (the Dutch FA).

However, despite it being just a region, Holland is widley used in English (even by the Dutch tourist board's translations) and even in the Netherlands to refer to the country and its team. But isn't that like someone using Yorkshire to refer to England's Three Lions? Let's face it, nobody with any sense wants that to happen!

With the World Cup 2010 on the horizon we've decided it's time to make our minds up - so we're asking our valued customers to help us decide this once and for all. All your votes will be counted and the winning name will be used on the William Hill Sportsbook (at least until someone makes another formal complaint).

As a way of thanking you for your time and effort we're also giving away a total of £100 in free bets as twenty entries drawn at random will receive £5 in their betting account.

So, what are you waiting for? Make your entry, leave us a comment if you like and don't forget to have a football bet on this weekend's World Cup Qualifiers and International Friendlies while you're here. (The NetherHollands are playing the World Champions Italy, by the way).

Entries must be received before 23:59 on Sunday 15 November 2009. Only valid William Hill account holders will be able to receive free bets. Returns from winning free bets will not include the free bet stake.


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