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While the Netherlands have never won a FIFA World Cup title, they do have a European title in their cabinet. That win came in 1988, when West Germany hosted the tournament. The hosts were obviously the favourites, but were eliminated by the Dutch in the semifinals. And when the Oranje met the USSR in a repeat of their group game, they got revenge for their opening match loss by winning 2-0, with Marco van Basten scoring the final goal of the tournament. Twenty years after their historic win in Munich, the Dutch will make another attempt at winning their second European title, and this time, they have Van Basten as their manager. The legendary striker knows the euphoric feeling of winning a major continental title, and will be keen to taste success again. And if you want to watch the Netherlands live at Euro 2008, but cannot do so, sign up with us, and watch the Oranje battle their way out of the Group of Death in Austria and Switzerland this summer. It costs only £9.99, and you also get access to major soccer games across the world for one full year, at no extra cost. This includes games from the Dutch Eredivisie, and you can watch the likes of Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord fight it out for the right to be called domestic champions.
The Dutch qualified for Euro 2008 as Group G runners up. They finished their qualification campaign with 26 points from 12 games, three less than group winners Romania. They lost only two games- against Belarus in Minsk and Romania in Constanta, and conceded only five goals. Their forwards were not very prolific, scoring only fifteen goals at an average of 1.25 goals a game. In their group, Romania, Bulgaria and Belarus scored more goals, with the Bulgarians finishing a close third after picking up 25 points in qualification.
The Dutch seem to have picked up a habit of appearing in the Group of Death in major tournaments. At Euro 2004, they were with Germany and the Czech Republic. At the 2006 World Cup, they were with Argentina, Ivory Coast and Serbia and Montenegro. And in Austria and Switzerland this summer, they are in Group C with Romania, world champions Italy, and 2006 World Cup runners up France. The Oranje will have to be at the top of their game throughout the tournament, for, a loss in concentration could well signal their exit from the tournament.
The good thing- they progressed to the next stage in both tournaments and overcame the challenges thrown their way in the group stages.
Holland's games at Euro 2008
June 9- Netherlands vs Italy in Berne ( 20.45)
June 13- Netherlands vs France in Berne ( 20.45)
June 17- Netherlands vs Romania in Berne ( 20.45)
Three great games for the fans. Van Basten and his boys could not have asked for a more difficult group to qualify from.
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Past performances at the European Championships
Since 1976, when they achieved a commendable third place on their European debut, the Dutch have appeared in every European Championship barring Euro 1984 in France, when they failed to qualify.
Euro 1976 was held in Yugoslavia, and the Netherlands were one of the four teams to compete in the tournament. They lost to Czechoslovakia in the semifinals, with two Czech goals in the second half of extra time dashing their final hopes. They did recover to beat the hosts 3-2 in the third place playoff at the same stadium, with Ruud Geels scoring a brace.
At Italy 1980, the Dutch were in a tough group with Greece, West Germany and Czechoslovakia. A Kees Kist penalty saw them beat Greece 1-0 in their opening game. Klaus Allofs destroyed them with a hat trick in the game against the Germans, and despite a late revival, the Dutch lost 2-3. A draw with the Czechs in their final group game saw them finish on the same number of points as their opponents, but the Czechs had a better goal difference.
In 1988, van Basten top scored with six goals as the Dutch won their first title.
At Sweden 1992, the Dutch topped their group which also consisted of Germany and Scotland. As group winners, Holland played Denmark in the semifinal in Gothenburg. Henrik Larsen gave the Danes the lead twice, but the Dutch managed to come back on both occasions- once through Bergkamp and the other through Riijkard. The match went to penalties, and Van Basten was the only player to miss his spotkick. The Danes won 5-4 on penalties. Although the Dutch had gone out, the world had seen the talent of Ajax's Dennis Bergkamp. He would go on to play for Inter and Arsenal.
Four years later in England, the Netherlands were once again knocked out on penalties, with Clarence Seedorf doing a Van Basten in the shootout. The Dutch co hosted Euro 2000 with Belgium, and performed brilliantly. They beat France, the Czech Republic and Denmark and thrashed Yugoslavia 6-1 in the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, they were again to be dumped out of the tournament on penalties- this time by Italy.
At Euro 2004, they qualified behind the Czech Republic in Group D, and beat Sweden on penalties in the second round. Their run was halted by hosts Portugal, who won 2-1 in the semifinal thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Maniche.
Ruud van Nistelrooy has mended fences with the manager, and is likely to play in this tournament. There is a plethora of attacking talent available at Van Basten's disposal- Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Babel, Van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Klaas Jan Huntelaar. Pace, trickery, finishing, passing skills- you name it and these men have it. Rafael van Der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder will provide the creative spark in midfield. Manchester United's Edwin van der Sar is an extremely good goalkeeper. He, along with Giovanni Van Bronckhorst and Denny Landzaat,could be playing his last European tournament. Seedorf has asked to be removed from the squad- a bit of a surprise there. The backline is not world class, but Mathijsen, Bouma and co. will do their best to keep Mutu, Henry and Toni at bay.
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