Uncategorized — 07 September 2012

World Cup finalists in 2010 Holland face a tricky home game in their first World Cup qualifier as they host Turkey at the Amsterdam Arena.

The Dutch endured a terrible Euro 2012 campaign and headed home after losing all of their group games.

In fact, the Oranje have lost their last four games, including a 4-2 defeat to near neighbours Belgium.

However, since the Euro 2012 disaster Holland have replaced head coach Bert Van Marwijk with former-Ajax boss Louis Van Gaal.

It’s hoped that Van Gaal can inspire the team to better results, despite his previous spell in charge being less than brilliant. He has a talented group of players at his disposal, but can he get them to perform as a team?

Turkey is regarded as probably the biggest threat to the Dutch qualifying for the World in 2014. The other teams in the group are Romania, Estonia, Hungary and Andorra. The Oranje cannot afford to take anybody lightly after their Euro 2012 display and will have to be cautious of complacency.

Elsewhere, Italy also faces a tricky game in Bulgaria in their first qualification match. The Euro 2012 finalists are heavy favourites to win Group B. Alongside the Italians and Bulgarians in the group are Denmark, Czech Republic, Armenia and Malta.

The Danes are expected to present the biggest challenge to the Azzurri, but the likes of the Czech Republic and Bulgaria won’t be pushovers either. Italy will be expected to win Group B at a canter, but as Denmark proved in the Euro’s they can cause an upset or two.

Fans of Holland and Italy will have big expectations of qualifying for the World Cup 2014. Both should make it to Brazil, but as we seen at the European Championships things don’t always go as expected.

Will Holland and Italy qualify for the World Cup in 2014?


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