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Coach’s connection to Dutch World Cup star

It may be hard to believe that the head coach of Edmonton’s newest pro soccer team once coached one of the best players in the world, but that’s exactly the case with FC Edmonton’s Dwight Lodeweges.

The Dutch-Canadian skipper earned his stripes in the old country coaching teams like FC Zwolle, PSV Eindhoven, and FC Groningen, where he had a young Arjen Robben on his roster for the 2001-02 season.

The Dutch Eredivisie team barely survived relegation that year but it wasn’t for a lack of effort from the current Dutch superstar.

Since leaving FC Groningen, Robben has become one of the biggest names in European soccer and has played for the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

After beating mighty Brazil in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in South Africa, the Netherlands are battling it out for a spot in the finals against Uruguay at 12:30 p.m. today.

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