Bert van Marwijk is not the most high-profile coach at South Africa 2010, but so far he has achieved what more famous Dutch names in recent times have failed to do. He has taken the Nethelands to the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup™ without any rows, backbiting or scandals. There has been the occasional fiery glance from Robin van Persie and the odd exchange of opinion when the Arsenal striker has been substituted. But in the main, the Dutch team which faces Uruguay tomorrow night at the Green Point Stadium for a place in the World Cup Final have all been singing from the same sheet.

Captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst has talked about "hunger" and "belief", while Everton defender Johnny Heitinga said: "If you want to win a title the most important thing is you have to be a team and fight for each other. It doesn't matter if someone makes a mistake, you have to cover his back. You have to put your ego away."

So far that is exactly what appears to be happening with a Dutch team who won all eight of their matches in qualifying and have won all five matches in South Africa, including fighting back from a goal down to beat Brazil 2-1 in the quarter finals. Both goals came from Wesley Sneijder, the second a fine header. But he is not the only Dutchman using his head at this World Cup.

Despite being a team with a history of high-profile internal clashes, Van Marwijk, appears to have convinced his biggest stars to patch up their wounds. That is no easy task, especially when Sneijder and Van Persie, arguably Holland's most influential players, came into this competition on the back of a two-year dispute. It emanated from a training clash plus a row over who should take Holland's free kicks, dating back to Euro 2008 when Holland were knocked out 3-1 after extra time in the quarter-finals by Russia. The conflict has simmered ever since, but the team do not seem to have suffered.

Sneijder vital
Much of that is down to Van Marwijk, the 57-year-old who won the 2002 UEFA Cup with Feyenoord and has shown himself to be a master pragmatist. Under his reign Mark van Bommel was restored to the squad having excluded himself under Marco Van Basten. In fact, the only controversy in Holland's build-up was when Van Marwijk banned his players from posting on Twitter. But it has been the well-being of Sneijder which is most important.

If Van Persie provides the fire power and Arjen Robben the touch of unpredictability then Sneijder is the orchestrator. He is a creator, a supreme passer and he is full of confidence after inspiring Inter Milan to Serie A and Champions League glory in May. More importantly Sneijder, the man who already has scored four of Holland's nine goals at this World Cup, has delivered at a tournament where Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Lionel Messi could be said to have disappointed.

It is that cutting edge which suggests Holland can reach their first World Cup Final since losing to Argentina in 1978 amid the 'Total Football' era which made the Orange army such a vibrant force. And if they do, it will be Van Marwijk's triumph and a victory for harmony.