There is a lot of anticipation in the Netherlands for the European Championship 2021. On the one hand, after the absence of important tournaments such as the European Championship 2016 and the World Championships 2002 and 2018, Eleftal reached the final round again.
Additionally, for the first time in 21 years and hosting the 2000 European Nations Cup on their home turf, the Dutch are allowed to play European Championship matches in their own stadium. Now the only question is, how far will Orange go in this European tournament?
In group C. You are the favorite in first place, ahead of countries such as Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia. But can the team reach the top four, as happened in the European Championships in 1992, 2000 and 2004?
The Dutch EM team quality He will definitely give it up. But the Dutch We simply cannot put aside its fluctuations in performance. For example, in the first edition of the Nations League, they reached the final against Portugal.
On the other hand, there are always results like a 0-0 win over Northern Ireland, a 0-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina or a 2-4 defeat in Turkey at the start of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Between September and November 2020, the team missed even five consecutive international matches. Of the last five matches, Bondscoach Frank de Boer has achieved four wins.
Extreme weakness is the failure of Chief Defense Virgil van Dijk. The Liverpool defender was injured in the cruciate ligament in mid-October 2020 and did not reach the European Championship in time.
Even under coach de Boer, who took over as the successor to Ronald Koeman, who moved to Barcelona in September 2020, things are not going as smoothly as his predecessor.