To quote the Jackson 5, the boys in Orange made qualifying for Euro 2012 look as ‘easy as A, B, C’.
They will therefore be looking to go one better than two years ago at the World Cup and lift the trophy come July.
On their way to Poland and Ukraine, Holland won nine and lost only one of their ten qualifying matches (that one defeat came once they had already won the group against Sweden) and scored an impressive 37 goals in the process.
On the subject of goals, there is no doubt that the highlight of the campaign for the Dutch was the humiliating 11-0 destruction of San Marino, a game in which Arsenal ace Robin van Persie scored four.
With this record and the depth of talent they have at their disposal it is no surprise that they are at short Euro 2012 odds of 7/1 to go all the way and clinch the Henri Delaunay trophy.
Elsewhere there was an impressive 4-1 victory over group runners-up Sweden in which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay both scored braces as well as 5-3 and 4-0 triumphs over sorry Hungary. The goals scored in these games meant the Dutch comfortably finished as the top scorers in qualifying and will pose a great attacking threat to whomever they face this summer
From an individual point of view, the star of qualifying for Bert Van Marwijk’s side was unquestionably Schalke striker Huntelaar, who racked up 11 goals in ten games to finish as top scorer. The former Ajax star’s superb form bodes well for the Oranje as they also have the Premier League player of the year Van Persie in superb goal scoring form.
The Netherlands have an excellent record in the European Championships in years gone by and have reached the semi-finals three times since winning the tournament for the one and only time in 1988. With this record and the depth of talent they have at their disposal it is no surprise that they are at short Euro 2012 odds of 7/1 to go all the way and clinch the Henri Delaunay trophy.
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