Euro 2012 Preview: Holland

Euro 2012 Preview: Holland
COACH
BEST SHOWING

QUALIFICATION
CURRENT WORLD RANKING

HIGHEST WORLD RANKING
LOWEST WORLD RANKING
TOURNAMENT ODDS
Bert van Marwijk
Winners 1988

Qualifying Group E Winners
4
1 (Aug 2011)

25 (May 1998)
13/2 (bet365)
FIXTURES
June 9th – Denmark – (1700 BST, Kharkiv, BBC)
June 13th – Germany – (1945 BST, Kharkiv, BBC)
June 17th – Portugal – (1945 BST, Kharkiv, BBC)

A near flawless qualifying campaign saw the Dutch seal their ticket to Euro 2012, the only blemish being a loss to Sweden when qualification was already secured.
Some of the football played also laid to rest that the Dutch were just a team of bruisers with their style being reminiscent of the olden days with 37 goals being scored.On the face of it Holland should score plenty when you look at the attacking talent available to them, Robin van Persie has had a rare injury free campaign and has carried the Arsenal attack to scintillating effect, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has been prolific in qualifying scoring more goals by himself than a lot of nations have, when the mood takes him Arjen Robben can be devastating as can Inter’s Wesley Sneijder.

They have a solid base to fall back on in Mark van Bommel and Nigel de Jong although the latter has been replaced by Rafael van der Vaart in recent times. Kevin Strootman can also play there and is considered one for the future.

Defensively there are problems with regular left-back Erik Pieters missing out through injury. back up Joris Mathijsen hasn’t been at his best for Malaga so van Marwijk may look to Wilfred Bouma.


Michel Vorm’s outstanding form for Swansea has earned him a place in the provisional squad alongside Newcastle’s Tim Krul and the probable starter Maarten Stekelenburg

There have also been a couple of surprises in the provisional squad with uncapped teenagers Jetro Willems and Adam Maher making the squad.


ONE TO WATCH – KEVIN STROOTMAN

Strootman is one of the most promising talents in Dutch football, a classical box to box midfielder who can pass,shoot,tackle and is seen as a long term successor to Mark van Bommel.


If he can displace van Bommel in the heart of the Dutch midfield he has the potential to make an impact on these championships.With some of Europe’s top clubs already interested, a stellar championships will skyrocket his transfer value.

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

The Dutch come into this tournament with a lot of expectation heaped on them. Despite reaching the final in South Africa, they won more enemies than friends with their apparent intention to maim Spain rather than play the total football traditionally associated with them.For them to achieve success I feel they need to stick to the principles that worked so well for them in qualifying with them making the most out of their attacking talent as they are defensively suspect.

VERDICT
They can go all the way with the talent they have and if they can advance from a tough group they should at least get to the last four. Winning it may be asking too much though.

Danny (D-Good)
Owls Alive
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