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Group C - 09 June 2008

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uefa.com wrote:Netherlands seek end to Italy misery

The Netherlands will look to end a 30-year wait for a win against Italy when they take on the world champions in their opening UEFA EURO 2008™ match in Berne.

• Not since the 1978 FIFA World Cup have the Oranje got the better of Italy but Marco van Basten's men will be desperate to put recent history – to be specific, eight games without beating the Azzurri – behind them in the sides' first test in a tough-looking Group C that also includes France and Romania.

• It was in Buenos Aires on 21 June 1978 that the Dutch last beat Italy, winning 2-1 in the teams' final game of the second group stage to secure a place in the World Cup final. Italy had taken the lead through an Ernie Brandts own goal but Brandts himself restored parity before Arie Haan struck the Netherlands' winner.

• Italy have held the upper hand over the ensuing three decades, during which they have recorded two draws and six wins against the Oranje, including a penalty shoot-out triumph following a goalless semi-final at UEFA EURO 2000™.

• Despite playing against ten men from the 34th minute when Gianluca Zambrotta was sent off, the tournament co-hosts paid the price for two missed penalties during normal time.

• Frank de Boer was denied by goalkeeper Francesco Toldo and Patrick Kluivert then struck a post. Come the deciding shoot-out, the Italians prevailed 3-1 with Luigi Di Biagio, Gianluca Pessotto and Francesco Totti all converting their kicks while Toldo foiled De Boer again and Paul Bosvelt and Jaap Stam missed the target.

• The starting teams for that Amsterdam semi-final were:
Italy: Francesco Toldo, Fabio Cannavaro, Mark Iuliano, Alessandro Nesta, Paolo Maldini, Stefano Fiore, Demetrio Albertini, Luigi Di Biagio, Gianluca Zambrotta, Alessandro Del Piero, Filippo Inzaghi.
Netherlands: Edwin van der Sar, Paul Bosvelt, Jaap Stam, Frank de Boer, Boudewijn Zenden, Marc Overmars, Edgar Davids, Phillip Cocu, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert.

• Italy won 3-1 when the teams met again in Amsterdam on 12 November 2005. After falling behind to Ryan Babel's 37th-minute opener, the Azzurri replied with three goals in nine minutes from Alberto Gilardino (40), Mauro Camoranesi (45) and Luca Toni (49).

• The teams that evening were:
Netherlands: Edwin van der Sar, Jan Kromkamp, Ron Vlaar, Joris Mathijsen, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Denny Landzaat, Phillip Cocu, Rafael van der Vaart, Dirk Kuyt, Romeo Castelen, Ryan Babel.
Italy: Christian Abbiati, Gianluca Zambrotta, Alessandro Nesta, Fabio Cannavaro, Fabio Grosso, Andrea Pirlo, Gennaro Gattuso, Mauro Camoranesi, Alessandro Del Piero, Alberto Gilardino, Luca Toni.

• The Netherlands did get the better of Italy in qualifying for the quarter-finals of the 1976 UEFA European Championship, topping their group after beating the Azzurri 3-1 at home and losing 1-0 away.

• The overall record in head-to-head meetings between the countries is eight wins for Italy, two for the Netherlands and five draws.

• The Netherlands qualified as the second-placed team in Group G behind Romania with a record of W8 D2 L2. They sealed their finals' berth with a game to spare, albeit in less than spectacular fashion – beating Luxembourg 1-0 in Rotterdam.

• Van Basten led the Dutch to the last 16 at the 2006 World Cup where they lost 1-0 to Portugal. He was a key member of the Oranje team that took the European crown in 1988, scoring five goals including a spectacular second in the 2-0 final victory against the USSR.

• This is the Netherlands' sixth consecutive UEFA European Championship finals appearance and besides their 1988 triumph, they were semi-finalists in 1992, 2000 and 2004.

• Italy qualified for their fourth successive EURO as Group B winners, securing their passage to Austria-Switzerland with a 2-1 victory in Scotland in their penultimate fixture. Coach Roberto Donadoni, newly installed in place of the World Cup-winning Marcello Lippi, oversaw a record of nine wins, two draws and just one defeat – 3-1 against France in September 2006.

• Italy won their fourth World Cup at Germany 2006 but they have only won the UEFA European Championship once – beating Yugoslavia 2-0 in a replayed final in Rome in 1968 following a 1-1 draw. They were runners-up in 2000 and semi-finalists in 1988 with a team featuring Donadoni himself.

• As a player, Van Basten never beat Italy – featuring in three defeats and one draw without finding the net once. His counterpart Donadoni appeared on the winning side in two of those matches, a 1-0 home win in September 1990 and a 3-2 away success in September 1992.

• Van Basten and Donadoni played together in the AC Milan team which won the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1989. The former was also in Milan's European Cup-winning team the next year while Donadoni appeared in their 1994 triumph.

• Donadoni also featured in the 1995 UEFA Champions League final where he finished on the losing side against an AFC Ajax team that included Dutch internationals Clarence Seedorf and Edwin van der Sar.

• Van der Sar also played against a Juventus side featuring Italy forward Alessandro Del Piero in the 1996 UEFA Champions League final and subsequently played alongside Del Piero at the Turin club from 1999-2001.

• Netherlands players Royston Drenthe, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Ruud van Nistelrooy are team-mates of Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro at Real Madrid CF.

• Seedorf plays with Italian internationals Massimo Ambrosini, Gennaro Gattuso, Gilardino, Filippo Inzaghi, Massimo Oddo, Daniele Bonera and Andrea Pirlo at AC Milan.

• This is the 13th edition of the UEFA European Championship and the eighth edition that features a final tournament with a group phase.


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Post by nobby Mon May 19, 2008 11:00 pm

Going to be a corker of a game.

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Post by AFC Boi Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:32 am

Looking forward to this game.

Really wish Robben and Van Persie could play in this game to add the extra spark and flair to an already hyped up game. Easily the most exciting group with Italy, Spain and Hollan all in one! Personally i want Spain and Holland through.

See this game being 2-1 Holland!
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Post by Ferreira86 Mon Jun 09, 2008 6:36 am

come on holland. van dar vaart to score the winner.
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Post by DeJesus5 Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:10 pm

Canne wait for this game. Don't really care who wins as long as it is a good game.

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Post by Duzza Mon Jun 09, 2008 11:41 pm

wow great game, didn't expect it to be 3-0 holland before kick off..
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Post by DeJesus5 Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:09 am

That was a quality game. First goal was offside but the other 2 were simply class.

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Post by nobby Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:03 am

Best game of the tournament so far, absolute joy to watch. Sneijder and Van der Vaart. I'd gladly have their babies, if it was possible Laughing

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Post by Latino_Heat Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:57 am

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAH!!!!!

I didnt get to watch this game because i only got off work acouple of hours ago...the replay gives on in 2hours so im lookin forward to seeing what the hell happened. lmao

On the contrary as of right now ....i dont know whether to laugh at this big Italy defeat, whether to be afraid of Italy because a defeat like that perhaps can wake them up and turn them into a monster, or whether to be really really afraid of the Nederlands. Laughing
Portugal don't have our Dutch-heartbreaker, Maniche, on the sqaud this tourny so i dont know how that would go down.hahah

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Post by RT10x Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:59 am

Was the best game so far, actually really good to watch. Had no idea the Dutch would be that good. Either they'll go on and have a great campaign or be a massive disappointment after that tonight!

Italy played well though, just lacked the finishing product. The game could have been completely different if the first goal was disallowed I think.
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Post by DeJesus5 Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:00 am

We have a good record against the dutch. I'm not one to dwell on those sort of records though. Although out of Spain, Italy and Holland....then i would probs rather play against the dutch.

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Post by Ferreira86 Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:04 am

knew holland would win. van der vaart all the way.
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