In a scene that does not bring back any memories of the World Cup the Dutch national football team embark on their new mission on EURO 2012. Oranje hopes lifting their second European Cup at the European Championships 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
In comparison: almost 100,000 people in Soccer City saw Holland lose the final of the World Cup against Spain.
Attack may be the best form of defence for Holland after their coach Bert van Marwijk turned to an 18-year-old newcomer, Jetro Willems, to fill the troublesome left-back position. Van Marwijk can call on the leading scorers in the Premier League, Arsenal’s Robin van Persie, and in the Bundesliga, Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, and has a host of star names in midfield, but his defence is seen as a frail unit to put up against Portugal, Germany and Denmark in the group stage.
As well as Willems, who broke into PSV Eindhoven’s first team this season, Van Marwijk included the 21-year-old winger Luciano Narsingh, who helped make Heerenven’s Bas Dost the Dutch league’s top scorer. Willems will help to bolster the back line in front of Maarten Stekelenburg, who will have Swansea’s Michel Vorm and Tim Krul of Newcastle United competing for the goalkeeper’s jersey.
The Dutch went on after the World Cup tournament and started with the full score of 24 points from 8 matches in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
In between the qualification matches, the team went on a trip to South America for rematches of the World Cup quarter and semi-finals against Brazil and Uruguay. Although the matches ended in draws, coach Bert van Marwijk saw it as “a good test for his players, to prove they were fit to overcome hostile circumstances also”. “It was a very useful experience,” Van Marwijk, “We could even have won these two matches and that is a compliment to the players.”
On 2 September 2011 the Netherlands defeated San Marino 11–0, their biggest ever victory.
On 6 September 2011, the Dutch defeated Finland 2–0, ensuring a place at the Euro 2012. Dutch will go to Euro 2012 to clinch 2nd European Champions crown as well.. GO.. ORANJE..!
Holland squad Goalkeepers: Stekelenburg (Roma), Vorm (Swansea), Krul (Newcastle). Defenders: Boulahrouz (Stuttgart), Heitinga (Everton), Mathijsen (Malaga), Vlaar (Feyenoord), Bouma (PSV Eindhoven), Van der Wiel (Ajax), Willems (PSV Eindhoven). Midfielders: Afellay (Barcelona), Van Bommel (Milan), De Jong (Manchester City), Schaars (Sporting Lisbon), Sneijder (Internazionale), Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Van der Vaart (Tottenham). Forwards: Huntelaar (Schalke), De Jong (FC Twente), Kuyt (Liverpool), Narsingh (Heerenveen), Van Persie (Arsenal), Robben (Bayern Munich)
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