High kicks and brightly coloured outfits, these Shaolin students at a Chinese monastery have a lot in common with Holland’s footballers.
But unlike the fiery World Cup finalists, these yellow-robed youngsters know their martial arts from their two-footed tackles.
Their soccer efforts certainly outshine Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong’s astonishing challenge on Spain’s Xabi Alonso in Sunday’s tempestuous tie.
And unlike Holland’s hotheads, students at Tagou Wushu School in Dengfeng, central China, prefer to keep cool - and achieve this by meditating while balancing the ball.
They even laughed it off when an overly enthusiastic ‘tackle’ burst the ball, bringing an end to the team’s training session in the tranquil foothills of Mount Song.
The school is linked to the Shaolin Monastery in the Henan province, which was founded in the fifth century.
The students have just formed their football team and will be looking to take on fellow martial arts experts.