The New Holland .. How did “total football” return at Euro 2020?
After missing the European Championship in 2016, the Netherlands returned at Euro 2020 to present a glimpse of its beautiful image that is loved by football fans, and raises the bar for ambitions to the maximum. The absence of the Dutch national team, known for providing the so-called “total football”, was one of the most prominent surprises at Euro 2016, after its failure to qualify for the finals, which included 24 teams, as it went through its worst period ever. Fantastic comeback At Euro 2020, the Dutch national team made a great comeback by winning the first two matches, over Ukraine 3-2 and then over Austria 2-0, to top Group C and ensure it reached the round of 16. The Netherlands scored 5 goals in the first two matches, and gave an impressive performance that made it among the favorites for the title, after it was outside the borders of the tournament in the last edition. The last appearance of the Dutch team in the post-group stage dates back to 2008, when the “Orange Mills” bid farewell to the competition from the quarter-finals at the hands of Russia, before exiting from the group stage in the next edition in 2012. has evolved The Dutch national team’s performance has evolved under the leadership of coach Frank de Boer, who plays in an unusual way for most of the world’s clubs and teams, which is the old classic 5-3-2. De Boer relies on a defensive trio in front of his veteran goalkeeper Martin Stecklenburg, and involves Stefan de Vrij, Matthias de Ligt and Daley Blind. Despite the absence of Virgil van Dijk, one of the world’s most prominent defenders at the present time, the Dutch national team has not had a negative impact so far in the tournament, as it seemed coherent at the defensive level despite receiving two goals in the first match. De Boer gives full-backs Denzel Dumfries and Patrick van Anholt more freedom in offensive support, assuring the defense of the aforementioned trio, and their support from Georgino Wijnaldum. iron medium The “new” Dutch team is distinguished by having an iron defensive midfield, in addition to distinguished offensive capabilities, as Wijnaldum participates in the average offensive field. Wijnaldum also supports Martin de Roon and Frankie de Jong, to balance defense and attack, assist the back five and supply the attacking duo with crucial passes. As for the offensive options in the Dutch national team, they are available in abundance, most notably Memphis Depay, De Jong and Wouter Figurst.