Match: Netherlands – Iceland
Date: 03 Sep, Thursday, 2015
Start time: 19:45
Netherlands hosts Iceland at “Amsterdam Arena” in match of the 7th round of group “A” from qualifying for the European Championships in 2016 in France.
After the first six rounds Netherlands is in an unenviable position, occupying third place in the group with 10 points. Unsatisfactory results of the team led to a reshuffle of coaching. After 12-month leadership Guus Hiddink was dismissed from his post, despite winning the last game in the beginning of July – the visit of Latvia wit 2:0.
His position was occupied by former international and captain of the Netherlands Danny Blind. The upcoming match with Iceland will be its official debut at the head of the team.
The composition of the Netherlands for the match with Iceland impress a few things. On goalkeeping Blind has Silesen and Krull, who are in excellent shape. Defending Premiers were called up Kenny Tete and Jair Ridevald that players of Ajax. For their account out of the squad remains Derry Yanmaat, Ricardo van Rijn and Ron Vlaar.
Among the midfielders no particular surprises. In the team are experienced Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben, who have over 200 games for the national team. In midfield more visible names of Memphis landfills Ibrahim Afellay, Zhorzhinyo Vaynaldum and Luciano Narsing. It is noteworthy, however, the absence of Rafael van der Vaart, who is injured.
In attack Danny Blind chose PSV striker Luc de Jong, at the expense of Wolfsburg topscorer Bas Dost. Besides De Jong Blind will rely more on Huntelaar and Robin van Persie.
Iceland is a good surprise so far in the group “A”. Swedish specialist Lars Lagerback does wonders at the head of the team that is temporary leader in the group with a total of 15 points. Iceland is very close to its first ranking of European finals, and the first big football forum at all.
Besides a visit to Amsterdam by the end of qualifications Iceland has two home games against outsiders Latvia and Kazakhstan and visit to Turkey. In such a program is completely normal islanders to dream of something big.
Since the beginning of qualifications Iceland has only one loss – the visit of the Czech Republic 1:2. Alumni Lars Lagerback recorded impressive home wins over Turkey, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. In his visit to Kazakhstan and Latvia also had problems and recorded classic wins with 3:0.
Lars Lagerback probably has one of the strongest generations of Icelandic players. Their average age is between 25 and 31 years, which is exactly in their prime. Led by star Swansea Golf Holidays Sigurdsson, who has four goals so far in qualifying cycle. Sigurdsson scored both goals in the success with 2:0 over the Netherlands in October last year. In the team still can see the names of players as Birkir Byarnason (Basel) Kolbayn Sigtorson (Nantes), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Krasnodar), Emil Halfredson (Verona) and others.
The Dutch are not entitled to a wrong step if they want direct qualifier for Euro 2016, which can happen if you take any of the first two places. The official debut of Danny Blind led the “tulips” I expect a lot of fun in the game team, contributing to the victory with two goals or more in their favor.