Dutch Men Take on Arch-Rivals Tonight as they Fight for European Championship Spot

The Dutch men’s football team have a lot to live up to after their women’s side not only won the Women’s European Championship in 2017, but placed an almighty and unexpected 2nd in the Women’s World Cup just this year. Now the men are fighting for their place in next year’s Men’s European Championship (EK).

It’s two more months of battle for a place in the EK, with the Netherlands fighting it out with Northern Ireland and their ultimate rival Germany. Only the best two countries in the group will qualify, but the Netherlands is currently placed 3rd on the ladder.

The Dutch men will come face-to-face with Germany this evening and will need to produce a stellar performance to jump a place, after losing to the team in a home match earlier this year.

Without a win tonight they’ll be in trouble, needing to make up another 11 points in the next five games. They’ll have chances when they face Northern Ireland twice, Estonia twice, and Belarus once.

Current Group C Ladder Positions

1. Northern Ireland 4-12 (7-2)
2. Germany 3-9 (13-2)
3. The Netherlands 2-3 (6-3)
4. Belarus 4-0 (1-9)
5. Estonia 3-0 (1-12)

 

You can catch tonight’s match op de televisie: 20:45 on NPO1 from NOS

Will you be watching the match tonight? Or are you planning on cheering on the team if they make the EK? Let us know in the comments below!

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Samantha Dixon
Sam isn’t great at being Dutch. Originally hailing from Australia, she came to study in the Netherlands without knowing where the country was on a map. She once accidentally ordered the entire ice-cream menu at Smullers. She still can’t jump on the back of a moving bike. But, she remains fascinated by the tiny land of tall people.

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