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Euros: Netherlands news, fixtures, manager, key players, Euros record

The Netherlands won the last Euros hosted by Germany and although the current crop is a far cry from that side, they should make the knockout rounds and can take their chances from there.

The days of Total Football and Clockwork Orange are over and some of the Dutch's most recognisable names are defenders.

Boss Ronald Koeman, one of the stars of the Euro '88 triumph, took charge for the second time when succeeding Louis van Gaal after the last World Cup.

Koeman and Van Gaal have rarely seen eye-to-eye, but King Louis' tactical acumen propelled his country to the quarter-finals in Qatar. His old adversary is expected to employ a similarly pragmatic plan in Germany, where the Netherlands have been drawn to face Poland, France and Austria in Group D. 

Netherlands Euro 2024 fixtures

Poland v Netherlands, 14:00, Sunday 16th June, Volksparkstadion, Hamburg
Netherlands v France, 20:00, Friday 21st June, Leipzig Stadium, Leipzig
Netherlands v Austria, 18:00, Tuesday 25th June, Olympiastadion, Berlin

Netherlands Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeepers: Justin Bijlow (Feyenoord), Mark Flekken (Brentford), Bart Verbruggen (Brighton).

Defenders: Nathan Ake (Manchester City), Daley Blind (Girona), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Denzel Dumfries (Inter Milan), Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen), Lutsharel Geertruida (Feyenoord), Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich), Micky van de Ven (Tottenham), Stefan de Vrij (Inter Milan), Ian Maatsen (Chelsea).

Midfielders: Ryan Gravenberch (Liverpool), Tijjani Reijnders (AC Milan), Jerdy Schouten (PSV), Xavi Simons (RB Leipzig), Joey Veerman (PSV), Georginio Wijnaldum (Al Ettifaq).

Forwards: Steven Bergwijn (Ajax), Brian Brobbey (Ajax), Memphis Depay (Atletico Madrid), Cody Gakpo (Liverpool), Donyell Malen (Borussia Dortmund), Wout Weghorst (Hoffenheim).

Netherlands manager

Ronald Koeman

A key part of the Oranje side that won the Euros in West Germany in 1988, Koeman kick-started his country's revival during his first spell in charge between 2018 and 2020. He left to realise his ambition to coach Barcelona but jumped at the chance to return in 2023.

Age has tempered his tactical ambition as a coach and while he and Van Gaal famously butt heads, he has sensibly stuck with his predecessor's blueprint.

Koeman has trialled a classic Dutch 4-3-3 but is expected to start the tournament fielding a three-man defence to help prevent his side from conceding sloppy goals.

Netherlands captain

Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk finally looks fully recovered from his knee injury in 2020 that ruled him out of the last Euros.

He usually plays as the spare man in the back three for the Netherlands, affording him extra time and space to organise the younger players around him. 

Netherlands key players

Memphis Depay

The ridiculous outfits remain very much part of Memphis Depay's off-field allure, but he has settled down somewhat and will be vital for the Oranje this summer.

His role as an impact substitute at Atletico Madrid has allowed him to channel his energy into providing 20 or so minutes of pure quality. Depay will start for the Dutch and his ability to stretch defences and deliver moments of brilliance make him vital to their cause.

Xavi Simons

The next big thing in Dutch football, Xavi Simons helped PSV Eindhoven win the 2022/23 Eredivisie title before being bought back by Paris Saint-Germain and sent on loan to RB Leipzig where he has shone.

Van Gaal surprised everyone by selecting Simons for the World Cup and the gifted playmaker debuted in the second-round win over the USA. 

After being used sparingly in Qatar, expect him to play a starring role in Germany, especially with his side's second game against France taking place in Leipzig.

Netherlands All-time Euros record

Year

Performance

1960

Did not enter

1964-1972

Did not qualify

1976

Third place

1980

Group stage

1984

Did not qualify

1988

Champions

1992

Semi-finals

1996

Quarter-finals

2000

Semi-finals

2004

Semi-finals

2008

Quarter-finals

2012

Group stage

2016

Did not qualify

2020

Last 16

Netherlands Euro 2024 prospects

After finishing behind France in qualifying, the pair will reunite in the 'Pool of Death' Group D. They meet in the middle round of matches and will both expect to beat Poland, whom the Oranje are 7/10 to defeat in their opener, and Austria, who they each face either side of their game in Leipzig.

The Dutch fans always travel well and the chance to drive across the border, albeit with some significant time spent on the Autobahn, means the Oranje will be well-backed.

Koeman's squad is in transition. He lacks an established goalkeeper and has doubts over who will play up front, but they have world-class defenders and quality in attack, with Cody Gakpo and Donyel Malen ready to support Memphis.

The days of the Netherlands' free-flowing football are gone. However, their solid defenders can set the platform for an emerging group of midfielders and wingers to strike on the break and trouble whomever they come up against.

Netherlands Euro 2024 odds

To Win Outright - 16/1
To Reach Final - 7/1
To Reach Semi-Final - 7/2
To Reach Quarter-Final - 13/8
Group Betting - 11/4
Group Qualification - Yes - 1/5
Group Qualification - No -
10/3

You can see our latest odds on Euro 2024, bet on Euros winner odds or Netherlands match odds on our Euros betting hubs.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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