Team profile: Netherlands

New coach Marco Van Basten stamped his authority all over the squad when he dropped many of the team's experienced stars. The new look youthful side has plenty to be positive about, and if they succeed in Germany the standing of Van Basten the manager will equal that of Van Basten the striker.

    FIFA Ranking: 3

    Coach: Marco Van Basten

    Key players: Ruud van Nistelrooy, Mark van Bommel, Edwin van der Sar

    World Cup record: Eighth appearance

    Best finish: Runner-up 1974, 1978

    Last appearance: Semi finals

    Qualifying route: Won European Group One

    Key question: Can the Netherlands return to the World Cup and claim what many believe is an overdue first title?

    Squad:

    Goalkeepers #
    Edwin van der Sar 1
    Henk Timmer 22
    Maarten Stekelenburg 23
    Defenders
    Kew Jaliens 2
    Khalid Boulahrouz 3
    Joris Mathijsen 4
    Giovanni van Bronckhorst 5
    Jan Kromkamp 12
    André Ooijer 13
    Johnny Heitinga 14
    Tim de Cler 15
    Midfielders
    Denny Landzaat 6
    Phillip Cocu 8
    Rafael van der Vaart 10
    Hedwiges Maduro 16
    Mark van Bommel 18
    Wesley Sneijder 20
    Forwards
    Dirk Kuyt 7
    Ruud van Nistelrooy 9
    Arjen Robben 11
    Robin van Persie 17
    Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink 19
    Ryan Babel 21

    Group matches:

    v Serbia & Montenegro, 13:00 GMT, Sunday 11th June - Leipzig

    v Ivory Coast, 16:00 GMT, Friday 16th June - Stuttgart

    v Argentina, 19:00 GMT, Wednesday 21st June - Frankfurt

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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