Frank de Boer, coach of the national team, wants to reach at least the semi-finals of the European Championship. What are the orange’s chances at the tournament? “We are not among the first favorites, but the semi-finals are realistic,” said football journalist Willem Facers V. Speech makers.
On June 13, the Dutch national football team started the European Football Championship against Ukraine. For the Vissers, the Netherlands is clearly not one of the best favorites, but the team is bound to pass the group stage. “Even the number of digits three will continue. If they can’t do it, you will underperform Jeangu Macrooy – you can’t.”
For the last sixteen years it has been knocked out of the game, and can sometimes be “weird,” says Veser. “The semi-final will be difficult. I think the quarter-finals are very good for this team.”
Vissers run through the lines to see the possibilities. “In the middle of the afternoon we are in a good position with Stefan de Frigg and Matisse de Ligt. Usually there is Virgil van Dijk between them, but he cannot join.” Midfield with Frenkie de Jong and Jorgenio Wijnaldum, “with some good intentions, you can be counted among the best players in the world,” says Weser.
The attack is a different story. “Memphis Depay did well for the Dutch national team, but he’s been playing for Lyon for four years now. Calling him one of the best strikers at the moment is something too far for me.”
“On a good day they can beat almost anyone. On a bad day they can lose from many countries,” continues Veser. Italy’s match in the Nations League is a perfect example, according to the football journalist. “Then they played really well. They became 1-1 but they should have won it.”
According to national coach Frank de Boer, the Orange team is a team of friends. According to Vissers, the European Championships will have to show if De Boer can drive this properly, as it is a path his predecessor Ronald Koeman took.
Keeping the squad of friends together is hard with the loss of Van Dijk, who hasn’t recovered in time from a knee injury. Lacks a true leader. “It is no coincidence that there has been a discussion recently about taking Aryn Robin with him if he is fit. We miss that kind of player.”
What are the chances of the Orange team in the European Championship? “According to de Boer, there are players who will stand up like Wijnaldum, Daley Blind and Depay, but I really wonder,” says Vissers. That is why Veser thinks it “doesn’t quite make sense” for Ryan Babel not to be a choice. “Babylon symbolizes what Koeman had in mind for Orange. Lots of people think it’s not good enough, but they forget we don’t have much better.”
Veser himself basically hopes for several major competitions. “A match like a game against Spain in the World Cup in 2014, for example. It was also June 13, my birthday. People remember those 5-1 all their lives, Van Persie’s header, the Robin solo games, a great game. Then there too. They were not expectations. That’s why it was so fun. “
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