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Dutch courage required to beat Germany
Posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by SNTV


The Netherlands put the final touches to their preparations ahead of their crunch Group B fixture against Germany at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv, Ukraine on Tuesday.


After losing their opening match to Denmark, the Netherlands are targeting a victory against Germany to keep their Euro 2012 hopes alive.

It is easier said than done.

The rivalry between the two nations is intense and steeped in history.

Netherlands head coach, Bert van Marwijk, is trying to concentrate on the feeling inside the Dutch camp rather than getting wrapped up in his nation's will to beat their old foes.

SOUNDBITE: (Dutch) Bert van Marwijk, Netherlands coach

"I do not know what kind of atmosphere exists in the Netherlands. We are in Poland, playing in Ukraine. The team atmosphere is tense."

Putting the rivalry to one side, the pressure is already on the Dutch.

Germany are three points clear of Holland in Group B, after they defeated Portugal 1-0.

Wesley Sneijder understands how important the outcome of Wednesday's match will be in deciding who advances to the last eight.

SOUNDBITE: (Dutch) Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands midfielder

"The atmosphere is good in the team. We play tomorrow against Germany. This will be a great game. The atmosphere is good and we are looking forward to the game."

The Dutch do hold an advantage in previous European Championship meetings, having won two and drawn one of their four continental clashes.

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia