Netherlands sealed the 3rd place of the 2014 World Cup after claiming a convincing 3-0 triumph over Brazil as they played on July 12 back on 2014.
The Dutch team left the international tournament on a high note with a positive victory but things have not been going well for the national team ever since that competition reached it’s end.
GuusHiddink was appointed as the head coach of Netherlands on March 28of 2014 and upon signing his contract, he agreed to be in charge of the national side through the 2016 Euro’s but after a string of defeats Hiddink left his managerial position sooner than expected.
It was confirmed that Hiddink was actually fired from managing Netherlands after having lost against Czech Republic and Iceland. These games played an important role for the national team as they were qualification games for the upcoming 2016 Euro’s.
Danny Blind was selected to replace GuusHiddink and underwhelming results still continue emerging as Netherlands lost their Euro’s qualification matches over Iceland, Turkey and Czech Republic.All of these defeats took a huge toll on Netherlands as they weren’t able to qualify for the 2016 Euro’s which is a huge blow for the national side as the Dutch team was one of the better ones during the 2014 World Cup.
When playing against France in their friendly match, Danny Blind utilized a defensive formation as he set up his team with 5-3-2 but it couldn’t do much to stop France from scoring 3 goals and coming out on top with the victory.
This is proof of how much the defensive department of Netherlands has been struggling in recent times as they conceded 3 goals against France and 3 goals against Czech Republic as well.
The offensive section of Netherlands is not doing so well either with: Robin van Persie, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Wesley Sneijder and ArjenRobben all of them surpassing the 30 year old mark and the new generation of players still haven’t stepped it up at the big stage.