A historic shot by Marco van Basten in 1988 wrote the only Dutch national team title in the Euro tournaments, and the only title also for all the third group teams of Euro 2020.
The Netherlands, Austria, North Macedonia and Ukraine are the teams in Group D of the Euro 2020 tournament.
The Netherlands national football team enters the Euro 2020 tournament, occupying 14th place in the FIFA rankings for teams.
A new generation is being armed with the Netherlands team, in order to erase the bad image of the mills, after the team failed to qualify for the Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018.
The Dutch national team is also armed with a new coach, Frank de Boer.
He took over the national team, succeeding his compatriot Ronald Koeman, who left to coach Barcelona, and de Boer led the Netherlands in only 10 matches so far.
Other than the Netherlands, any other team from the group that will cross the group stage will enter the history of the Euro because the three teams Ukraine, Austria and Macedonia have not achieved this before.
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The Netherlands qualified for the tournament after finishing second in its qualifying group behind leaders Germany.
Austria ranked second in its group behind Poland. It is his third participation in the Euro after 2008 when he hosted the tournament, and 2016 in France.
It was followed by North Macedonia in third place in the same group in the qualifiers. It is the first time for the Macedonian national team to participate in any major football tournament.
As for the Ukraine team, the surprise came and topped its group in the qualifiers, ahead of Portugal, the defending champion. This is his third participation in the tournament.
All Group C matches will be held in Bucharest in Romania and Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Therefore, the Netherlands national team is armed with its stadium and its fans, in front of which it will play all the group stage matches.
Other than the Netherlands, each team will play two matches in one stadium and one in another.
Austria will play two matches in Bucharest and another in Amsterdam, and the same is true for North Macedonia.
As for the Ukraine national team, it will play two matches in Amsterdam and the third match in Bucharest.
Frank de Boer took over the Netherlands in the middle of the Euro qualifiers, replacing Ronald Koeman, and has led the mills in 10 matches so far.
With Holland, De Boer won 4, lost 2 and drew 4 times.
As for the Ukraine national team, legend Andrei Shevchenko, the former Milan star, is leading the country, and he has been making a breakthrough since taking on this task.
Shevchenko coached Ukraine in 45 matches, during which he achieved 21 victories, 11 defeats and 13 draws.
While coaching the Austrian national team is German Franco Voda, who began this task in 2017.
Since this period, he led the Austrian national team in 34 matches, during which he achieved 21 victories, 9 defeats and 4 draws.
Finally, Igor Angelovsky has been coaching the North Macedonia national team since 2015 until now.
During this period, he led them in 48 matches, during which he achieved 21 wins, 16 defeats and 11 draws.
Memphis Depay is the current star of the Dutch national team, who is relied upon by everyone to lead the attack of the mills in a distinctive way, as he does with his French team, Lyon.
The lights went to Depay, due to the absence of star Virgil van Dijk, defender of Liverpool and captain of the Netherlands national team, from the tournament due to injury.
Then comes Georgino Wijnaldum, the former Liverpool star who is close to joining Barcelona, who is currently the captain of the Netherlands national team.
After Depay and Wijnaldum, Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and Juventus defender Matthias de Ligt are among the most prominent stars of the Netherlands national team.
The Netherlands national team suffered a heavy blow before the tournament after its goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen was infected with the Corona virus and was excluded from the list.
As for the Ukraine national team, Andrei Yarmelenko, West Ham United winger, holds the hopes of the yellow team in the tournament.
In Austria, David Alaba, the Real Madrid defender, who recently joined the royal team from Bayern Munich, is the star and leader of the team as well.
He is followed by Marco Arnautovic, the Chinese striker for Shanghai, who is the most prominent name in the attacking line.
Finally, the Macedonia team, which relies a lot on its veteran star Goran Pandev, the former Inter Milan player and the current Italian Genoa striker.
Although Pandev is 37 years old, all hopes are pinned on him to lead his country in the Euros.
Do you know
The Dutch national team’s absence from Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup is their biggest absence from the major tournaments since the mid-1980s when they celebrated their comeback by winning the Euro in 1988.
It is also the first time that the Ukraine national football team has managed to qualify for the Euros through the qualifiers directly, because its first participation came when it hosted the tournament in 2012 with Poland. And the second after he played the playoffs in 2016.
As for the Austrian national team, for 30 years, it has not won any major tournament, whether the Euro or the World Cup, since its victory over the United States 2-1 in the 1990 World Cup.
And that the third place that North Macedonia occupied in its qualifying group for the European Championship is the highest place it has had in any qualifiers that it has played since the independence of Macedonia, which are 13 times.
First round June 13
Austria x North Macedonia (Bucharest)
Netherlands x Ukraine (Amsterdam)
Second round June 17 17
Ukraine x North Macedonia (Bucharest)
Netherlands x Austria (Amsterdam)
Third round June 21 21
North Macedonia x Holland (Amsterdam)
Ukraine x Austria (Bucharest)
The Netherlands is the first candidate to qualify from the group and top the standings, given the level difference between it and the rest of the teams.
Then the Ukraine team will come as a second candidate to qualify after the Netherlands, while the Austrian team may compete for qualification through the teams with the best third place.
Finally, the Macedonian team will try hard to write history and qualify from the group stage in its first participation in the Euro Championship.