Team analysis



Netherlands squad
1Yanick van Osch24/03/1997Goalkeeper8080808080 PSV Eindhoven (NED)
2Hidde ter Avest20/05/1997Defender8074*8080 FC Twente (NED)
3Keziah Veendorp17/02/1997Defender8060*808080 FC Groningen (NED)
4Calvin Verdonk26/04/1997Defender80808080803 Feyenoord (NED)
5Wellington Verloo27/02/1997Defender8080 8080 Vitesse (NED)
6Donny van de Beek18/04/1997Midfield80808073*80 AFC Ajax (NED)
7Steven Bergwijn08/10/1997Forward8080 69*47*3 PSV Eindhoven (NED)
8Jari Schuurman22/02/1997Midfield80808080804 Feyenoord (NED)
9Dani van der Moot07/03/1997Forward55*21+13+11+4+2 PSV Eindhoven (NED)
10Kenneth Paal24/06/1997Midfield1+58+67*7+22+ PSV Eindhoven (NED)
11Anthony Berenstein02/03/1997Forward80*22* FC Utrecht (NED)
12Rick van der Meer14/06/1997Defender80 6+ Feyenoord (NED)
13Segun Owobowale22/03/1997Forward 20+67*80801 ADO Den Haag (NED)
14Abdelhak Nouri02/04/1997Midfield25+80808058*2
15Mauro Savastano16/04/1997Defender 80 AFC Ajax (NED)
16Justin Bijlow22/01/1998Goalkeeper Feyenoord (NED)
17Marlon Slabbekoorn01/02/1997Midfield55* 13+20+33+ Feyenoord (NED)
18Bilal Ould-Chikh28/07/1997Forward25+59*8060*76*1 FC Twente (NED)
19Guido Janssen09/01/1997Defender FC Utrecht (NED)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute
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Coach: Maarten Stekelenburg
"We won all our official games during the season and the last one was a draw, so it was hard to lose on penalties. It was tough, disappointing and sad, but I felt proud of my boys. England sat back a bit in the final and tried to catch us on the counter. That was their strategy and they were good at it. We had ten minutes in the second half when we lost a bit of control but we came back strongly and could have won. We had a team of very smart players, technically and tactically of a high standard, and we can feel proud of a great season."

Netherlands team analysis

Netherlands team analysis

• 4-3-3 with twin screen in midfield; fast transition to 4-5-1 defending

• Strong emphasis on ball-to-feet possession play, neat combinations

• Goalkeeper reacting fast to control space behind back four

• Good diagonal passing (notably Calvin Verdonk) from centre to flanks

• Jari Schuurman, Donny van de Beek dictating pace of game as midfield pivots

• Exceptional one-on-one abilities among front four; ready to run at opponents

• Compact, disciplined, focused unit in attacking and defensive modes