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Match facts: Netherlands v Denmark

Published: Wednesday 6 June 2012, 1.35CET
Match facts: Netherlands v Denmark
The Netherlands during their first training session in Krakow ©AFP
Published: Wednesday 6 June 2012, 1.35CET

Match facts: Netherlands v Denmark


• The Netherlands have won just three of their last seven official games.

• Tim Krul, Jetro Willems and Luciano Narsingh are yet to make a competitive appearance for the Netherlands though all have played friendlies, Willems (26/05) and Narsingh (30/05) on the eve of the finals.

• Willems will become the youngest player to grace a UEFA European Championship if he plays in Poland/Ukraine. The record is held by Belgium's Enzo Scifo, who was 18 years and 115 days against Yugoslavia in 1984.

• Rafael van der Vaart has made 95 international appearances and at UEFA EURO 2012 could become the fifth Dutchman to reach 100 caps, after Edwin van der Sar, Frank de Boer, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Phillip Cocu.

Injury news
• Joris Mathijsen has not featured since straining a hamstring against Bulgaria on 26/05.

• Wilfred Bouma was forced off following a clash of heads with John Heitinga against Slovakia on 30/05.

• At 18 years and 57 days, Willems became the Netherlands' youngest player since Gerald Vanenburg in 1982 when he started against Bulgaria, the tenth youngest ever.

• The Netherlands had pre-tournament training camps in Hoenderloo near Apeldoorn and Lausanne before arriving at their EURO base of Krakow on 04/06.

• Ten of the side that started the 2010 FIFA World Cup final defeat by Spain are in the squad; the 11th, Van Bronckhorst, retired after the game in Johannesburg.

• There are 13 survivors from UEFA EURO 2008 in Poland/Ukraine: Van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Heitinga, Arjen Robben, Bouma, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Stekelenburg, Robin van Persie, Dirk Kuyt, Mathijsen, Nigel de Jong, Ibrahim Afellay and Khalid Boulahrouz. Van der Vaart, Sneijder, Heitinga, Robben and Bouma were at UEFA EURO 2004.

Pre-tournament friendlies
02/06 Netherlands 6-0 Northern Ireland (Van Persie 11 29pen, Sneijder 15, Afellay 37 51, Vlaar 78)
Stekelenburg; Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Vlaar, Willems (Schaars 77); Van Bommel (Van der Vaart 57), De Jong; Robben (Narsingh 82), Sneijder (Kuyt 70), Afellay; Van Persie (Huntelaar 57).

30/05 Netherlands 2-0 Slovakia (Saláta og 8, Van der Vaart 75)
Stekelenburg; Bouma (Vlaar 46), Heitinga, Schaars, Van Der Wiel; De Jong, Van Bommel; Afellay (Kuyt 80), Sneijder (Van der Vaart 51), Robben (Narsingh 84); Van Persie (Huntelaar 68).

26/05 Netherlands 1-2 Bulgaria (Van Persie 45; Popov 50pen, Micanski 90+3)
Krul; Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen (Bouma 16), Willems (Schaars 64); Van Bommel, De Jong (Strootman 86); Sneijder, Van der Vaart (Kuyt 64), Van Persie; Huntelaar (Robben 77).

UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
• The Netherlands' 11-0 victory against San Marino on 02/09/2011 was their record win, with Van Persie becoming the first Dutchman to score four in a game since Marco van Basten's haul of five against Malta in 1990.

• The Netherlands qualified with a game to spare after winning their opening nine matches before a 3-2 loss to Sweden.

• Defenders Mathijsen and Van der Wiel played every minute of the Netherlands' campaign.

• Of the final 23-man squad, eight players did not feature in qualifying: Krul, Boulahrouz, Bouma, Ron Vlaar, Jetro, Stijn Schaars, Robben and Narsingh.

• The Netherlands were the most prolific side in qualifying, scoring 37 goals in ten games while Huntelaar was the top individual scorer (12/8).

Domestic information
• Nigel de Jong was part of the Manchester City FC squad that earned their first top-flight title in 44 years in England. Van Persie was player of the year in England after scoring 30 goals in 38 Premier League appearances.

• Huntelaar became the first Dutchman to finish top scorer in the Bundesliga, scoring 29 for FC Schalke 04.

• Van der Wiel played 19 games as AFC Ajax claimed their 31st Dutch championship. Kevin Strootman, Willems and Bouma helped PSV Eindhoven to Dutch Cup glory.


• Having ended 2011 with five successive wins, Denmark lost two in a row this year before beating Australia on 02/06.

• If Denmark triumph in Poland/Ukraine, the uncapped Kasper Schmeichel will follow in the footsteps of dad Peter, who inspired the country to glory in 1992. They would be the first father and son to win the UEFA European Championship.

Injury news
• First-choice keeper Thomas Sørensen was ruled out of UEFA EURO 2012 due to a back injury sustained during the 3-1 friendly defeat by Brazil on 26/05; Schmeichel took his place in the final squad.

• Andreas Bjelland will join Dutch side FC Twente after UEFA EURO 2012.

• There are three survivors in the squad from the last time Denmark reached the UEFA European Championship finals under Morten Olsen in 2004: Stephan Andersen, Christian Poulsen and Dennis Rommedahl.

• Another veteran of that tournament in Portugal, Ebbe Sand, is now Denmark's forwards coach.

• The Danish squad began arriving at their training camp in Elsinore, the eastern town where Shakespeare's Hamlet was set, on 17/05. More players joined up the following week after the conclusion of the Danish top flight.

• On 04/06 the squad arrived at their tournament base of Kolobrzeg on the Baltic coast.

Pre-tournament friendlies
02/06 Denmark 2-0 Australia (Agger 32pen, Bjelland 68)
Andersen; Agger (Okore 63), Kjær (Bjelland 46), S Poulsen (Wass 76), Jacobsen; Zimling, Kvist (J Poulsen 83), Eriksen (Kahlenberg 46), Rommedahl, Krohn-Dehli (Mikkelsen 75); Bendtner.

• Bjelland scored his first international goal; Lars Jacobsen won his 50th cap.

26/05 Denmark 1-3 Brazil (Bendtner 71; Hulk 8 39, Zimling og 14)
Sørensen (Andersen 25); Wass, Kjær, Agger, S Poulsen, C Poulsen (J
Poulsen 46); Zimling, Eriksen (Rommedahl 62), Schøne (Kahlenberg 25), Krohn-Dehli (Pedersen 71); Bendtner.

UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
• Jacobsen scored his first goal in 45 international appearances as Denmark beat Cyprus 4-1 on 07/10/2011.

• Jacobsen, Christian Eriksen and Rommedahl were all ever-present during qualifying.

• Four of the final tournament squad did not feature in qualifying: Schmeichel, Andersen, Jores Okore and Tobias Mikkelsen.

• Denmark scored 15 goals in qualifying, the second fewest of all the finalists behind Greece (14) and level with the Czech Republic and France. Olsen's side did, however, play two matches fewer than all those sides.

• Nicklas Bendtner and Rommedahl were Denmark's leading scorers in qualifying with three goals apiece.

• Denmark qualified as Group H winners thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Portugal in Copenhagen in the final round of matches.

• Denmark won all four of their home qualifiers, conceding just a lone Cristiano Ronaldo goal in the process.

• Once a place in Poland and Ukraine had been confirmed, Olsen went back on his 2010 decision to step down after UEFA EURO 2012, agreeing a deal until after the next FIFA World Cup.

Domestic information
• Bjelland, Okore and Mikkelsen were all part of the FC Nordsjælland side that claimed their maiden championship, Bjelland completing a 3-0 victory over AC Horsens on the final day to hold off FC København.

• Jacobsen and København gained some consolation as they beat Horsens 1-0 in the Danish Cup final on 17/05.

• Eriksen missed one game as AFC Ajax claimed their 31st Dutch championship.

• Daniel Agger lifted the English League Cup with Liverpool FC in February, beating Cardiff City FC in the final.

Last updated: 07/06/12 12.10CET

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