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Published: Monday 1 October 2012, 15.37CET
On a spectacular debut, the Netherlands reached the 2009 semi-finals, and now under Roger Reijners want to prove that was no fluke.

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Last updated: 26/07/2013 18:55 CET


P: Played   
Pts: Points   


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Serbia (A)



Last updated: 20/06/2012 19:11 CET

Record in this competition

Recent campaigns
2003/05Qualifying round8215
1999/01Promotion/relegation play-offs8233
1995/97Promotion/relegation play-offs8323
1993/95Qualifying round4202
Full UEFA competition record
UEFA Women's EURO82381826
FIFA Women's World Cup2813411
Qualifying matches included
Last updated: 08/11/2012 23:11 CET
Published: Monday 1 October 2012, 15.37CET


On a spectacular debut, the Netherlands reached the 2009 semi-finals, and now under Roger Reijners want to prove that was no fluke.

The Netherlands' qualification for UEFA Women's EURO 2009 and subsequent run to the semi-finals in Finland was a real breakthrough.

Although the team had already existed for nearly 30 years, there had been little success despite the presence in the 1980s and 1990s of defender Vera Pauw, who turned professional in Italy. It was her appointment as coach in 2005 that changed matters, and after a promising 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying bid which included a win in France, they made it to Finland in 2009 with a play-off defeat of seeds Spain.

Once there, the Netherlands proved a tough team to beat, overcoming Ukraine and crucially Denmark to reach the quarter-finals where they beat France on penalties. Although they then lost 2-1 in extra-time to England, their performance earned the players Olympic funding from the Dutch government. Pauw stepped down the following year, but under Roger Reijners they made it to UEFA Women's EURO 2013 with a more expansive style, finishing behind England in their group but ending as best runners-up to avoid the play-offs.

Qualifying round: Group 6 runners-up, P8 W6 D1 L1 F20 A2 Pts19 (best runners-up)

Key players
Daphne Koster (defender, AFC Ajax), Anouk Hoogendijk (midfielder, AFC Ajax), Manon Melis (forward, Linköpings FC)

Coach: Roger Reijners

Date of birth: 10 February 1964

Playing career: Fortuna Sittard, MVV Maastricht

Coaching career: MVV Maastricht, Fortuna Sittard, Netherlands women

Netherlands Under-21 midfielder Reijners turned professional with Fortuna and in his first season played in the Dutch Cup final against Feyenoord. After nine seasons he joined MVV where after retirement in 1995, Reijners became a youth coach.

Five years later, Reijners began a three-year spell as MVV's first-team coach before moving to Fortuna, where he first led the youth squad then, after a time as assistant, took charge in 2007. Again, he remained for three years until in November 2010, Reijners took a job as Netherlands women's coach, leading them to UEFA Women's EURO 2013 in his first full qualifying campaign.

Qualifying top scorer
Manon Melis 8

Tournament record
2009: semi-finals
2005: did not qualify
2001: did not qualify
1997: did not qualify
1995: did not qualify
1993: quarter-finals
1991: quarter-finals
1989: quarter-finals
1987: did not qualify
1984: did not qualify

Last updated: 07/11/12 15.00CET

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