Netherlands

Netherlands
  • Netherlands - Euro 2012Netherlands
  • Manager: Bert van Marwijk
  • Best Finish: Winners 1988
  • No of Appearances: 8

General Information

The Netherlands  are enjoying a real run of prominence at the fore of both European and World football. Their runners-up finish in South Africa two years ago demonstrated that they are a team well capable of achieving honours and a second European triumph is definitely within their reach under effective boss Bert Van Marwijk.

As ever, the Dutch qualified powerfully for the finals and as the betting suggests, they will be a strong force this summer in Ukraine/Poland – despite the fact that they have been drawn in the group of death alongside Portugal, Denmark and old enemy Germany. If the ‘Clockwork Orange’ can negotiate the opening phase unscathed, a run to the final will be on the agenda and star striker Robin Van Persie is likely to be in contention for the competition’s Golden Boot.

Chances

The Netherlands are sure to be tested in all of their group games but the quality of their squad and recent form suggests that they should be too strong for Denmark and Portugal. Wins against both of those nations, regardless of the Germany score line, should secure a safe passage through to the last eight whereupon anything could be possible if all their key players hit top gear.

The semi-finals are likely to be the minimum requirement for the Flying Dutchmen considering their potential quarter-final opponents from a weak looking Group A.

Key Player: Robin Van Persie

The Arsenal hit man has already bagged 25 goals for his country and looks primed to add to that tally on the big stage this summer following yet another sterling season with the Gunners.

TitanBet Prediction

Semi-Finals - The current Netherlands side is built around a tough and solid foundation without quite being able to produce the ‘Total Football’ famed by their 1970’s predecessors. Progression through to the last four should be a formality but van Marwijk’s men may come up short against both Germany and current holders Spain.

Did You Know:

Despite being popular favourites for Euro 1996 in England, The Netherlands recorded just one win at the tournament and were eliminated by France on penalties in the quarter-finals. The Dutch were also hammered 4-1 by the hosts in the final group match at the old Wembley.