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NED v DEN Team News

June 14, 2010 1 comment

Good Morning out there!  Below are the teams that have been announced for today’s first match.

Netherlands: 1-Maarten Stekelenburg; 2-Gregory van der Wiel, 3-John Heitinga, 4-Joris Mathijsen, 5-Giovanni van Bronckhorst, 7-Dirk Kuyt, 6-Mark van Bommel, 10-Wesley Sneijder, 8-Nigel de Jong, 23-Rafael van der Vaart, 9-Robin van Persie.

Denmark: 1-Thomas Sorensen; 4-Daniel Agger, 3-Simon Kjaer, 6-Lars Jacobsen, 15-Simon Poulsen, 10-Martin Jorgensen, 2-Christian Poulsen, 20-Thomas Enevoldsen, 12-Thomas Kahlenberg, 19-Dennis Rommedahl, 11-Nicklas Bendtner.

There is no surprises for the Dutch.  Robben is not included in the line up however most expected this to be the case given his recent injury and ongoing recovery.

For the Danes Bendtner starts which was not expected by yours truly based on some of the injury reports I had read.  Fair play to Denmark if they have been able to return him to full fitness so quickly.  I would hate to see him rushed back however get injured and miss more of the tournament.  Nicklas is a dynamic young player who is great for the tournament.


Our Opponents: Denmark

Afternoon to you!  It’s half time just now for Argentina v Nigeria.  I thought I would do a brief round up of what we can expect in the next couple weeks.  First up is Denmark who the Dutch face Monday night.

According to my fellow blogger on the Fan’s Network the “youthful” Oranje side is not worthy of the respect most afford it.  Let’s put that false claim to rest before we dig into the Danish team shall we?  The age of each player likely to feature in the starting eleven against Denmark is as follows:

Stekelenburg – 28

van der Wiel – 22; Heitinga – 26; Mathijsen – 30; van Bronckhorst – 35

van Bommel – 33; de Jong – 25; Kuyt – 29; Sneijder – 26; van der Vaart – 27

van Persie – 26

That gives us an average age of 27.9.  Not exactly a youthful squad is it?  In fact you would say that most of these players are in their prime and have just come off of successful domestic campaigns.  And if my math is correct the average age of the whole squad is 27.25: not exactly infantile.

Now for some information about Denmark’s squad.  In their squad they have five players currently plying their trade in the Netherlands while their coach Morten Olsen was once manager of Ajax.  In the past the Danes and the Netherlands have opposed each other 27 times.  Denmark have won 6 times, drawn 10 and lost 11 times scoring 36 goals and conceding 55 in the process. 

They have some household names in the shape of Sorenson, Agger and Bendtner all who play in the Premier League.  They will almost certainly be without Nicklas Bendtner through injury and don’t necessarily have a like for like replacement to bring in.  On paper their defense is their strongest part of the pitch with the experience Sorensen organizing Daniel Agger and the up and coming Simon Kjaer in front of him.

Denmark did not qualify for the last World Cup but did feature in Korea/Japan in the 2002 edition.  In 2002 they went out to England 3-0 in the second round.  No doubt they’re going to want to improve upon that and while they do have a few real talents in their ranks you have to believe that job number one is to advance out of the group and then see what comes next.  Second in this group would likely mean a second round match up against Italy would almost certainly prove to be too much.

My prediction is a 1-0 or 2-0 win for the Dutch after a tight game with few chances.