Dutch team offered space trip if they win World Cup
The Hague (The Netherlands): In an `out of the world` incentive, a Dutch aerospace engineering company has offered the entire Netherlands team a flight into space if they win the World Cup.
After finishing runners-up on three occasions, the Netherlands are keener than most to secure their elusive maiden World Cup title.
If that motivation is not enough for the players, this year`s squad have been given an even bigger incentive to bring the trophy home.
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 maiden World Cup trophy, The Independent reported.
The offer is apparently inspired by Robin van Persie `taking flight` to score his spectacular headed goal in the 5-1 thrashing of Spain. "As a company of Dutch origin, we are mega proud of the achievements of Oranje in Brazil. An unearthly performance deserves an unearthly reward!" Co-founder of SXC, Michiel Mol, told Dutch media.
"We are going to try to take the players literally to a higher level ? 103 km!" he said.
"(We`ll take) the whole selection of 23 players and of course, Louis van Gaal," Mol was quoted as saying.
SXC are reportedly hoping to be able to offer commercial flights into space from next year, meaning that Arjen Robben and team could be the first footballer astronauts as early as 2016.