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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.
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2006 13:39 GMT
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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