Netherlands at Euro 2020 | Netherlands at Euro 2020: schedule and team for the group stage; key players, strongest starting XI

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Highlights

  • The Netherlands qualified for Euro 2020 with 4 wins in 10 matches
  • The Dutch have only won the European Championships once, in 1988
  • Frenki de Jong is arguably the most important player in the Netherlands squad

After failing to qualify for Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Netherlands mark their return to high-level international football with UEFA Euro 2020. Since the World Cup setback of FIFA 2018, the Netherlands worked hard on the training ground and also produced the desired results. which saw them qualify for the 2019 Nations League final. A loss to Portugal in the final, however, prevented them from lifting the trophy.

Under Frank de Boer, the Netherlands tried to build on the momentum given by Ronald Koeman, but the latter moved on to Barcelona, ​​paving the way for the former to take the post. The Netherlands will miss the big man, Virgil van Dijk, who also missed most of the 2020-21 season with Liverpool due to injury. It is now up to Stefan de Vrij, Daley Blind and youngster Matthijs De Ligt to do the job at the back in the absence of the VVD.

Key players from the Netherlands at UEFA Euro 2020:

Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong is the linchpin of the Dutch midfielder. He will be teamed up with influential midfielders like Ryan Gravenberch and Georginio Wijnaldum. Gravenberch, in particular, is on the radar of many big European clubs having produced a brilliant for Ajax in the Eredivisie.

Memphis Depay has long been linked with a reunion with former Netherlands boss Ronaldo Koeman in Barcelona, ​​having continued to impress with Lyon in Ligue 1. He has a capable striking partner in the form of Wout Weghorst who finished the Bundesliga season with Wolfsburg with 20 goals in 33 games.

Netherlands team for Euro 2020:

Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen, Maarten Stekelenburg, Tim Krul

Defenders: Daley Blind, Stefan de Vrij, Joel Veltman, Matthijs de Ligt, Nathan Ake, Denzel Dumfries, Patrick van Aanholt, Owen Wijndal, Jurrien Timber

Midfielder: Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong, Davy Klaassen, Marten de Roon, Ryan Gravenberch, Teun Koopmeiners

Forwards: Memphis Depay, Quincy Promes, Luuk de Jong, Steven Berghuis, Donyell Malen, Wout Weghorst, Cody Gakpo

Netherlands Euro 2020 group stage schedule:

Placed in Group C, the Netherlands must deal with teams like Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine. The Dutch are bookmakers’ favorites to finish first in Group C and enter the next round with more points than any other team. Yet countries like Austria and Ukraine have the capacity and the people to cause upheaval any day.

Netherlands vs Ukraine (12:30 p.m. IST): June 14 (Monday)

Netherlands vs Austria (12:30 p.m. IST): June 18 (Friday)

North Macedonia vs Netherlands (9:30 p.m. IST): June 21 (Monday)

Strongest starting eleven in the Netherlands:

Goalie: Maarten Stekelenburg

Defenders: Denzel Dumfries, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Daley Blind, Owen Wijndal

Midfielder: Frenkie de Jong, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ryan Gravenberch

Before: Memphis Depay, Wout Weghorst

Performance of the Netherlands at the European Championships:

The Netherlands have participated in a total of 9 European Championships so far and won their first and only title in 1988. Historically, the Dutch have done very well in the tournament and have four third places to their name. They had also qualified for the quarter-finals on two other occasions.

In the 2016 campaign, however, the Netherlands missed out on qualifying. In the 2020 season playoffs, they had mixed results, winning 4 of their 10 games and losing 5.



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