These are heady times for the female game in the Netherlands. The senior side reached the 2009 UEFA European Women's Championship semi-finals, a feat matched the following year by the U19s, Hesterine de Reus' charges bowing out unbeaten after a penalty shoot-out defeat by England. De Reus departed but under Johan van Heertum the Oranje sealed their return to the finals in impressive fashion.
The Netherlands scored 33 goals in six games, including a record-equalling 11-0 victory over Lithuania in the second qualifying round when they also ended France's defence. Finalists in 2003 and 2006, with captain Siri Worm and forwards Ellen Jansen and Lieke Martens survivors of 12 months ago, hopes are high.
Route to finals
First qualifying round: 9-1 Faroe Islands, 9-0 Belarus, 1-1 Norway (Group 7 winners)
Second qualifying round: 11-0 Lithuania, 3-0 Denmark, 0-1 France (Group 1 winners)
Top scorer: Lieke Martens (8)
Lieke Martens (striker, VVV-Venlo), Siri Worm (defender, FC Twente), Ellen Jansen (forward, FC Twente), Shanice van de Sanden (forward, SC Heerenveen).
Coach: Johan van Heertum
Date of Birth: 31/01/1966
Playing career: none
Coaching career: Netherlands U15, U16, U17 (all assistant), Netherlands women's U15, U16, U19
Johan van Heertum has been on the Royal Netherlands Football Association's (KNVB) books since 1990. He started within a regional division, where he retains a role as technical director alongside more prominent work with the national youth sides.
He was an assistant coach in the men's U15, U16 and U17 setups, and has had spells at the helm of the women's U15 and U16 teams. He had a brief tenure as women's U19 coach in 2001/02, with Germany barring their final tournament qualification, and after De Reus stepped down to take up a post with the Jordanian Football Association, he reassumed the role in September 2010.
UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship best
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