Euro 2024 team guides part 15: Netherlands Preview

This article is part of a collaboration between top media organizations from the 24 countries participating in Euro 2024. Previews are being released by leading up to the tournament starting on 14 June.


The Netherlands faces some major concerns heading into the Euros. Coach Ronald Koeman is dealing with three crucial injury-related uncertainties involving key players Justin Bijlow, Frenkie de Jong, and Memphis Depay. De Jong was ruled out just four days before the tournament began.

Despite the lack of recent playing time for these players, Koeman had to take a chance due to their importance to the team. The qualifying campaign was not as smooth as expected, with the team facing challenges and drama along the way.

Koeman acknowledges the need for improvement in various areas to compete with other top countries. The team must step up their game in Germany to have a chance of going far in the tournament.

The Coach:

Ronald Koeman, a seasoned coach with an impressive club football background, is leading the Dutch team. This is his second stint as the Netherlands coach, promising a new style of play after returning in January 2023.

The Icon:

Virgil van Dijk, the captain of both Liverpool and the Netherlands, is a key figure in the team. Known for his leadership on and off the pitch, Van Dijk plays a crucial role in the team’s success.

One to Watch:

Tijjani Reijnders, a rising star in central midfield, has had a remarkable season and is expected to make a significant impact in the tournament. His journey from AZ Alkmaar to Milan has been impressive, and Koeman has high hopes for him.

The Maverick:

Memphis Depay, known for his brilliance on the field, can also be unpredictable off the pitch. His performance in the tournament will be closely watched, as he aims to become the all-time top scorer for the Netherlands.

The Spine:

With De Jong out, the team’s spine consists of Bijlow, Van Dijk, Veerman, and Depay. Fitness issues may prevent the quartet from playing together in the early stages of the tournament.

Celebrity Fan:

Jan Smit, a popular singer and the team’s biggest celebrity fan, will be supporting the Netherlands during the tournament. He is actively involved in football and will perform at the Oranje fan villages in Germany.

Culinary Delight:

Dutch fans enjoy bitterballen, a popular snack of Dutch meatballs fried in oil, often enjoyed with a beer. This snack is a favorite among locals and tourists alike.

The Netherlands team guide, written by Marcel van der Kraan for De Telegraaf.