The Netherlands open their Euro 2020 marketing campaign towards Group C rivals Ukraine on residence soil on the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam tonight.
One of many conventional heavyweights of worldwide soccer is showing at their first main match for seven years after failing to qualify for each Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Oranje – European champions in 1988 – are longing for redemption after a darkish interval of their soccer historical past, however, the strain is on head coach Frank de Boer to proceed with the spectacular restoration work accomplished by predecessor Ronald Koeman.
Ukraine went unbeaten in qualifying, conceding simply 4 objectives and topping a bunch that additionally included Portugal, however have struggled considerably since then with a poor Nations League marketing campaign adopted by three successive attracts to begin 2022 World Cup qualifying.
A lot of the build-up to their third successive European Championship look has been dominated by controversy relating to the design of their equipment, which was met by outrage in Russia.
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