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The qualification path and the group
Absent from the last two major competitions, namely the 2016 World Cup8 and Euro 2016, the Netherlands did not tremble during the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Apart from their first leg defeat against Germany (2-3), the other cador of Group C, the Oranjes ensured with six wins and a draw to finish second, two points behind the Mannschaft. Back on the front of the stage, the selection of Frank de Boer hopes to do well. And in Pool C composed of Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia, the Netherlands are the favorites and the finals seem to be reaching out to them.
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The qualities and weaknesses
Everyone remembers the 2014 World Cup and especially this head of Robin van Persie against Spain. Since then, the face of the Netherlands has really changed, but there are still stars. Concretely, the defense and the middle remain the strong points of the Oranjes, and this even if Virgil van Dijk will be absent this summer. With Blind or De Ligt, the selection of Frank de Boer has a defensive solidity. And the midfield is well supplied with a Wijnaldum at the top at the moment.
Regarding the weaknesses, they are not numerous. Used to having a star in attack at the time with Robin van Persie, the Dutch selection has not found a number 9 so sparkling. Currently, Sevilla FC player Luuk de Jong has the preferences of the coach but we are far from the killer in the area, especially since the latter has not been exceptional with the Andalusian club this season. As a result, the Netherlands are forced to play short and in small spaces, or opt for crosses in order to find de Jong’s lead. But with famous players, anything is possible and the Oranjes are often dangerous.
The coach: Frank de Boer
With the departure of Ronald Koeman from FC Barcelona, Frank de Boer landed on the Dutch bench last September. The experience is therefore not exceptional for the one who had previously managed Atlanta United, Crystal Palace, Inter and Ajax Amsterdam. And if the adventure had not started well with the Oranjes (1 defeat, 3 draws), the 51-year-old coach found a recipe that subsequently worked with his 4-3-3. Dutch fans are therefore waiting to see a real competition even if on the ground, De Boer had already proven a lot, especially with Ajax between 1988 and 1999.
Player to watch: Memphis Depay
At the end of his contract with OL, Memphis Depay is at a turning point in his career. After an interesting last season with the Gones (22 goals, 12 caviars in 40 appearances), the Dutch striker will have to make a decision for his future, while helping his national team at the Euro. Certainly frustrated not to have played Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, the 27-year-old will be very hungry, he who has already been hot in the Nations League in November or during the World Cup qualifiers in March. With Memphis in attack, the Oranjes are bound to be dangerous.
The list of 26 from the Netherlands:
Guardians: Jasper Cillessen (Valencia), Tim Krul (Norwich), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax)
Defenders: Nathan Aké (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Ajax), Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus), Stefan de Vrij (Inter), Denzel Dumfries (PSV), Jurriem Timber (Ajax), Patrick van Aanholt (Crystal Palace), Joel Veltman ( Brighton), Owen Wijndal (AZ)
Environments : Frenkie de Jong (Barça), Marten de Roon (Atalanta), Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax), Davy Klaassen (Ajax), Teun Koopmeiners (AZ), Donny van de Beek (Manchester United), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)
Attackers: Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord), Luuk de Jong (Sevilla), Memphis Depay (OL), Cody Gakpo (PSV), Donyell Malen (PSV), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow), Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg)