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Injury to de Jong will disrupt Koeman's plans

Group D preview: Netherlands

2024/06/11 13:24
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Fallers in the last 16 at the previous Euros, the Oranje have evolved nicely since losing to the Czech Republic at the Puskás Arena in the summer of 2021.

Manager Ronald Koeman inherited a talented squad from Louis van Gaal and guided it to the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup - only losing in extra-time to eventual winners Argentina - and after finishing second in qualification behind France, the Netherlands will be quietly confident of making a splash in Germany. 

Keep an eye out for Playmaker's definitive guide to the Euros, complete with profiles on all 24 nations competing, in the latest issue of 'The Mighty Delta'


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Star man

With Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong withdrawing at the last minute, Ronald Koeman is having to roll with the considerable punch of losing his midfield kingpin. Although his tactics will need to be tweaked in de Jong's absence, Koeman will be relieved that he can count on the defensive stability provided by Liverpool colossus Virgil van Dijk.

Close to his best for much of the 2023/24 campaign, van Dijk is a proven world-class performer with a winning mentality.


Netherlands' Euro 2024 squad

PositionNameTeam
Goalkeeper
Netherlands
Feyenoord
Goalkeeper
England
Brighton & Hove Albion
Goalkeeper
England
Brentford
Defender
Italy
Internazionale
Defender
Germany
Bayer Leverkusen
Defender
Italy
Internazionale
Defender
England
Liverpool
Defender
Spain
Girona
Defender
England
Tottenham
Defender
Germany
Borussia Dortmund
Defender
Netherlands
Feyenoord
Defender
England
Manchester City
Defender
Germany
Bayern München
Midfielder
Germany
RB Leipzig
Midfielder
Netherlands
PSV
Midfielder
Netherlands
PSV
Midfielder
England
Liverpool
Midfielder
Saudi-Arabia
Al-Ettifaq
Midfielder
Italy
Milan
Forward
England
Liverpool
Forward
Germany
Borussia Dortmund
Forward
Germany
TSG Hoffenheim
Forward
Netherlands
Ajax
Forward
Spain
Atlético de Madrid
Forward
Netherlands
Ajax
[G=Games, M=Minutes, GS=Goals Scored, YC=Yellow cards, 2Y=Double Yellows, RC=Red cards]


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Young gun

The 21-year-old Xavi Simons heads to the Euros on the back of a fine season with RB Leipzig. An excellent dribbler, with a keen eye for goal, Simons is an exciting talent who can play on the wing or in the 10 position.

So far unable to replicate his club form in a Netherlands shirt, this tournament would be the perfect place for Simons to prove any doubters wrong for the Oranje. 


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Wildcard

With fitness issues surrounding Memphis Depay, Ajax striker Brian Brobbey could start up front for the Netherlands. Ajax have had a difficult season, but Brobbey has stood out with his consistently strong performances up front.

A powerful and quick attacker, Brobbey is a handful to mark and his finishing has improved drastically over the past 12 months. Brobbey could provide the spark the Netherlands need to go deep in the tournament. 


Opinion

There is quiet optimism that the Netherlands have a squad capable of competing, but they need to navigate a tricky group containing France first. The defence led by Virgil van Dijk will be key and Koeman will hope that De Jong and Memphis can reach their top levels after injury-hit campaigns.

At Euro 88, the Netherlands won their only major trophy on German soil with Koeman part of the squad. Could the Koeman and Germany factors foretell the end of the Oranje's trophy drought? With a bit of luck, it is possible. 


Preferred formation: 4-3-3



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2024-06-11 14h37m by ocollinsworth
The Netherlands have really stepped up their game since their disappointment at the last Euros. Excited to see how they will perform in Germany!
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2024-06-11 14h28m by awalkerson7
However, in Gini Wijnaldum, he has a more than capable alternative.  


As an en-GB football fan, I have to say I'm impressed with how the Oranje have evolved since their disappointing performance in the last Euros. Under Koeman's guidance, they reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup and finished second in qualification. Losing de Jong is a blow, but Wijnaldum is a strong replacement. Excited to see what they bring to the
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2024-06-11 14h18m by hturnerford
As a football fan, I'm excited to see how the Netherlands will perform at the Euros. They've come a long way since their disappointing loss in 2021 and I have faith in Ronald Koeman's leadership. Losing Frenkie de Jong will definitely be a blow, but I believe the team will still make a strong impression in Germany. Can't wait to read Playmaker's guide on all the teams competing!
2024-06-11 13h42m by banderson1976
The good news He still has Georginio Wijnaldum.



Wow, what a transformation for the Netherlands since their disappointing performance at the last Euros. Koeman has done a great job with this team, and I believe they will make a strong impact in Germany. Losing de Jong is definitely a blow, but with Wijnaldum still leading the midfield, I have high hopes for the Oranje. Can't wait to read Playmaker's guide to the Euros in the
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