Orange starts the European Championship without Matthijs de Ligt | European Football Championship

The 21-year-old Juventus defender has a lot of trouble in the groin to play at the Johan Cruyff Arena. Although it goes well with De Ligt „the game comes very early. We don’t want to take risks. We still have two games in the group. If it was really exciting, he could play. It’s very close to him.”

De Boer also confirmed that Martin Stecklenburg is under the bar. “It was a difficult choice,” national team coach De Boer said at his last press conference before the Orange’s first game on Sunday in the European Championship against Ukraine. “All respect to Tim, but I chose Martin.”

De Boer also announced that the Orange team will play in the much-discussed 5-3-2 system. “We’ll start with that,” the national coach said. Against Scotland (2-2) and Georgia (3-0 win), the Orange team played a big 5-3-2.

Orange is looking to win its first European Championship since 2008

On Sunday, the Dutch national team will be hoping to win a European Championship match for the first time in years. The last victory dates back to thirteen years ago. On June 17, 2008, the Orange team, led by national coach Marco van Basten, beat Romania in the group stage 2-0.

At Euro 2012 (with Bert van Marwijk as national coach), the Netherlands, who reached the World Cup final two years earlier, lost all group matches.

Frank de Boer is on his way to a training session with the Dutch national team.

Frank de Boer is on his way to a training session with the Dutch national team.

The Netherlands, led by first Guus Hiddink and then Danny Blind, failed to qualify for the European Championship in 2016. Ronald Koeman then managed to lead the orange team to the European Championship in 2020.

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