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Dutch and Danes start together again

The Netherlands and Denmark will kick off against each other for the second major tournament running, with Morten Olsen's side hoping for a brighter start in UEFA EURO 2012 Group B.

Background: Netherlands v Denmark ©Getty Images

For the second major tournament in succession, the Netherlands and Denmark will meet in their opening game, with the Oranje hoping for a similar result at UEFA EURO 2012 as they achieved at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Head-to-head record
• The teams are meeting for the 31st time, with the Netherlands' record in the previous games reading W12 D10 L8.

• The sides' four previous UEFA European Championship fixtures brought two Dutch wins, one Danish victory and a draw.

• Denmark have not beaten the Netherlands in eight games – five draws and three defeats – since a 3-2 UEFA European Championship qualifying success in Copenhagen on 4 October 1967.

• Their first encounter came in Stockholm on 2 July 1912, with Denmark beating the Netherlands 4-1 in the semi-finals of the Olympic football tournament. Denmark lost the final 4-2 to a Great Britain side, while the Dutch beat Finland 9-0 to take the bronze medal.

Selected previous meetings
14 June 2010: Netherlands 2-0 Denmark (Agger og 46, Kuyt 85) – Soccer City, Johannesburg, 2010 FIFA World Cup group stage
Stekelenburg, Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Van Bronckhorst, Van Bommel, Sneijder, De Jong (De Zeeuw 88), Van der Vaart (Elia 67), Kuyt, Van Persie (Afellay 77).
Denmark: Sørensen, Jacobsen, Kjær, Agger, S Poulsen, Jørgensen, C Poulsen, Enevoldsen (Grønkjær 57), Kahlenberg (Eriksen 73), Rommedahl, Bendtner (Beckmann 62).

• After this, their most recent encounter, the Oranje won Group E and went on to reach the final; Denmark finished third in the section.

16 June 2000: Netherlands 3-0 Denmark (Kluivert 57, R de Boer 66, Zenden 77) – De Kuip, Rotterdam, UEFA EURO 2000 group stage
Van der Sar (Westerveld 89), Reiziger, F de Boer, Konterman, Van Bronckhorst, Zenden, Cocu, Davids, Overmars (R de Boer 62), Bergkamp (Winter 76), Kluivert.
Denmark: Schmeichel, Henriksen, Heintze, Colding, Schjønberg (Helveg 82), A Nielsen (Tøfting 61), Gravesen (B Nielsen 67), Grønkjær, Tomasson, Sand, Bisgaard.

• The Netherlands' victory confirmed their progress from Group D and in the process ended the hopes of Bo Johansson's Denmark. Frank Rijkaard's hosts were knocked out in the last four by Italy.

22 June 1992: Denmark 2-2 Netherlands, Denmark won 5-4 on pens (Larsen 5 33; Bergkamp 23, Rijkaard 86) – Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg, EURO '92 semi-finals
Van Breukelen, Van Tiggelen, R Koeman, Rijkaard, F de Boer (Kieft 46), Gullit, Wouters, Witschge, Roy (Van't Schip 115), Bergkamp, Van Basten.
Denmark: Schmeichel, Sivebæk, L Olsen, Andersen (Christiansen 70), Christofte, Piechnik, Jensen, Larsen, Vilfort, Povlsen, B Laudrup (Elstrup 57).

• Peter Schmeichel saved a Marco van Basten penalty to tilt the shoot-out in his side's favour before Kim Christofte's final, match-winning spot kick. Richard Møller Nielsen's men overcame Germany 2-0 in the final.

Form guide
• It is 45 years since Denmark's last victory over the Netherlands in October 1967 but they do go into the finals on a run of six competitive games unbeaten – five wins and a draw – since a 3-1 reverse against Portugal in Porto in qualifying.

• The Netherlands won their first nine UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers, but lost the last – 3-2 in Sweden – with their place at the finals already certain.

• Denmark lost on their only previous visit to Ukraine, 1-0 against the home nation in a World Cup qualifier in Kyiv on 30 March 2005.

• The Netherlands drew 1-1 with Ukraine in a Donetsk friendly on 11 August 2010 in their only previous game in the country.

Team ties
• Denmark's Morten Olsen has coached in the Netherlands, leading AFC Ajax to the title in 1997/98, having brought in another Dane, Michael Laudrup, as a key player. Olsen was dismissed the following season.

• A number of Denmark players play their football in Dutch football:
Christian Eriksen (AFC Ajax, 2009-)
Nicklas Pedersen (FC Groningen, 2009-)
Simon Poulsen (AZ Alkmaar 2008-)
Lasse Schøne (sc Heerenveen 2005-06, De Graafschap 2006-08, NEC Nijmegen 2008-2012, AFC Ajax 2012-)
In addition, Andreas Bjelland will join FC Twente after UEFA EURO 2012.

• Eriksen and the Netherlands' Gregory van der Wiel are team-mates with Ajax.

• William Kvist and Khalid Boulahrouz spent 2011/12 together at VfB Stuttgart.

• Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner and Dutch international Robin van Persie are team-mates at Arsenal FC, though Bendtner spent the 2011/12 campaign on loan at Sunderland AFC.

• Denmark's Michael Krohn-Dehli played in the Netherlands for Ajax (2003-04, 2006-08), RKC Waalwijk (2004-06) and – on loan – Sparta Rotterdam (2007).

• Between 2008 and 2011, Michael Silberbauer was at FC Utrecht, where Kevin Strootman was a team-mate in the second half of 2010/11.

• Dennis Rommedahl had spells with PSV Eindhoven (1997-2004) and Ajax (2007-2010) and also played on loan for RKC Waalwijk (1997/98) and NEC Nijmegen (2008/09). At PSV he was team-mates with Wilfred Bouma and Mark van Bommel while he played alongside Maarten Stekelenburg, John Heitinga, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, and Van der Wiel at Ajax.

• Christian Poulsen made his Denmark debut in a 1-1 friendly draw against the Netherlands in Copenhagen on 10 November 2001; Martin Jørgensen hit Denmark's goal from the penalty spot.

• Huntelaar scored in a 1-1 draw with Denmark at the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Portugal. He also registered twice for Ajax in a 2-1 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round win at FC København on 9 August 2006, but his side were eliminated following a 2-0 home defeat in the return leg.

• Wesley Sneijder scored twice in Ajax's 3-1 home win against Brøndby IF in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round second leg.