The Dutch players show off their skills on the beach. Photo: Shane Brady
The Dutch national team caused a stir in Rio when they staged an impromptu training session on Ipanema Beach on Monday afternoon.
The light kickabout was more a staged public display of squad unity a day after a reported training ground bust-up among Australia's group rivals over star winger Arjen Robben diving during opposed sessions.
Arjen Robben shows off his racquetball skills. Photo: Shane Brady
However, they trained without skipper Robin van Persie, still nursing a groin strain, and Robben played racquetball while other members of the youthful Dutch squad did ballwork.
Armed military police guarded the team throughout the session as they were pursued down the beach by news crews and adoring fans of all nationalities once the word got out.
While the players were off limits, new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was very popular, posing for photos with fans.
With just three days to go before kick-off, the buzz is building in Rio - as is everything else - still building - but the locals seem unfazed and unhurried by all the last-minute preparations.