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Germany 3 – 0 Holland: Devastating result highlights tactical errors

November 16, 2011


Never before will a friendly have been billed so highly in the Netherlands as the past ‘friendly’ confrontation with Germany. Not only are matches between these two teams generally loaded with tension, but to see two favorites for the Euro 2012 title meet in a friendly just half a year before the main tournament might […]

Holland 0 – 0 Switzerland: Clever Swiss game plan unsettles Dutch offense

November 12, 2011


Friendly international matches are usually good for two things: testing out different tactics and/or assessing the usefulness of alternative players. In that regard, Van Marwijk must have had a useful experience to see his side play to a disappointing draw against Switzerland, who came out with a cunning strategy that proved very successful in negating […]

Sweden – Holland 3 – 2: First competitive defeat within 90 minutes for Van Marwijk’s Oranje

October 12, 2011


With a 3-2 victory over a Dutch side that was unbeaten in competitive 90 minutes matches since 2007, Sweden managed to qualify directly for Euro 2010, claiming the best record of second placed teams. It wasn’t even a bad game from the Dutch side, but three goals were conceded rather cheaply from set piece related […]

Holland 1 – 0 Moldova: Fluid first half performance earns ninth consecutive Euro 2012 qualifying win

October 8, 2011


World Cup runners up Holland didn’t play the most convincing of games, but still succeeded in maintaining their impressive recent run of results. A fluid first half performance, characterized by lots of positional interaction among all forward and midfield players, ensured the victory, but the second half fade left an aftertaste of slight disappointment.   […]

Finland 0-2 Holland: Smart playmaker moves win another qualifying match

September 6, 2011


Guided by a superb performance of playmaker Wesley Sneijder, Holland managed an eighth straight Euro 2012 victory by beating Finland by two goals. Smart exploitation of the space conceded behind the Finnish defensive line allowed a fair share of through ball, one of which was beautifully finished by Strootman, who scored his first international goal […]

Tactical considerations for the upcoming ‘Oranje’ matches

September 1, 2011


Going into the upcoming two Euro 2012 matches, Friday at home to minnows San Marino and Tuesday away to Finland, Bert van Marwijk’s ‘Oranje’ defend their perfect record of six straight Euro 2012 qualifying wins. However, any slip up in the upcoming two matches would provide second placed Sweden, who are only three points behind, […]

Uruguay 1 – 1 Holland: A narrow offensive formation without the finishing touch

June 8, 2011


In a re-match of the past World Cup semifinal, Holland drew 1-1 with Uruguay. Suarez’ late opening goal seemed enough for the win, but an extra-time header by Dirk Kuyt ensured that Van Marwijk kept his excellent record as national manager intact. In tactical terms, Van Marwijk experimented with a very narrow fluid front four, […]

Brazil 0 – 0 Holland: Lessons from a useful friendly

June 6, 2011


In what was beforehand regarded as a potential ‘unfriendly-like friendly’, Holland kept Brazil at 0-0 in a rather disappointing match, more so from the host’s perspective than from the guest’s. From a Dutch perspective, several interesting lessons were to be learned. For one, goal keeper Tim Krul made an impressive debut, keeping a clean sheet […]

Holland 5 –3 Hungary: Different Hungary formation, different game

March 29, 2011


After their dominant away ’tiki taka style’ victory only a few days ago, Holland manager Van Marwijk will not have felt the slightest incentive to change his line-up either in terms of tactics or his choice of a starting eleven. And with all players fully fit he wasn’t forced into any changes either. This allowed […]

Hungary 0 – 4 Holland: Dutch tiki taka football

March 26, 2011


Holland beat Hungary in spectacular fashion to obtain Van Marwijk’s  13th consecutive qualification victory, combining both WC 2010 and Euro 2012 qualifiers. And in the process, national manager Bert van Marwijk extended his unbelievable 90 minutes record in competitive matches to 19-1-0, that one being the World Cup final against Spain.   The formations Holland […]