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Netherlands team guide

Published: Tuesday 1 April 2014, 9.49CET
Making their fifth finals appearance, the Netherlands will be aiming to return to the heights of their 2010 run to the semis.
Netherlands team guide
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Record in this competition

Recent campaigns
2012/13Second qualifying round6303
2011/12Second qualifying round6222
2010/11Final tournament - Group stage9423
2008/09Second qualifying round6321
Full UEFA competition record
UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship93491322
Qualifying matches included
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Published: Tuesday 1 April 2014, 9.49CET

Netherlands team guide

Making their fifth finals appearance, the Netherlands will be aiming to return to the heights of their 2010 run to the semis.

The Netherlands return for their fifth tilt at the final tournament determined to revisit the heights of 2010 when, under Hesterine de Reus, they reached the semi-finals before bowing out unbeaten after a penalty shoot-out defeat by England.

Many of the team – current senior international mainstays Siri Worm and Lieke Martens among them – returned for the finals 12 months later but, with Johan van Heertum now at the helm, they failed to live up to expectations built up by a qualifying campaign that brought 33 goals. They managed 14 this time around, steadily improving throughout.

Largely indebted to late goals in the qualifying round, four points from their first two elite round games left them needing to beat Austria on the last day to seal progress. Two goals apiece from Jeslynn Kuijpers and 16-year-old Jill Roord wrapped up a 4-1 win as coach André Koolhof took them back to the final stages at his first attempt.

Route to finals
First qualifying round: 2-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina, 3-0 Malta, 3-0 Serbia (Group 6 winners)
Elite round: 2-0 Turkey, 0-0 Republic of Ireland, 4-1 Austria (Group 5 winners)
Top scorer: Jeslynn Kuijpers, Jill Roord (5)

Key players
Inessa Kaagman (midfielder, AFC Ajax), Simone Kets (midfielder, PEC Zwolle), Jill Roord (midfielder, FC Twente).

Coach: André Koolhof
Date of birth:
Playing career:
vv Neptunia, SV Meerlo, SVME (all amateur)
Coaching career:
SSS'18, Vitesse '08, RKSV Wittenhorst, SV Venray (all amateur), Netherlands women's U17s (assistant),  Netherlands women's U19s

Hailing from the north-east of the Netherlands, Koolhof has been employed by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) since 2004 after a career playing and coaching at amateur level.

A regional technical director, he also coached boys' and girls' teams from U10s to U15s before becoming women's U17 assistant coach for 2012/13. He replaced Aart Korenhoff at the U19 helm in August 2013 and led them to the finals at his first attempt.

UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship record
2012/13: did not qualify
2011/12: did not qualify
2010/11: group stage
2009/10: semi-finals
2008/09: did not qualify
2007/08: did not qualify
2006/07: did not qualify
2005/06: group stage
2004/05: did not qualify
2003/04: did not qualify
2002/03: group stage
2001/02: did not qualify

Honours in other UEFA women's competitions
UEFA European Women's Championship
Semi-finals: 2009

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