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- Euro 2020 Netherlands Fans Will Not Be Happy Despite The Thrilling Win They Do Not Like The 3 5 2 Formation
New Delhi30 minutes agoAuthor: Sundar Saktawat
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Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam: Players from the Netherlands train ahead of an important Group C match of the European Championships. Team manager Franck de Boer is present at the ground. Then a plane passes over. A slogan is tied to it, which is waving in the sky. Obviously, the attention of the players and the manager always goes to him. The slogan reads – ‘Frank, please feed the 4-3-3 formation!’
In a country like the Netherlands—where football is an integral part of their culture and life—children know what a 4-3-3 means. It has traditionally been a favorite formation of the Netherlands. With its help, fluid, attacking and creative football can be played. However, the Netherlands won the 1988 Euro Cup in a 4-4-2 formation.
4-3-3 is the formation of the central buildup – suitable for possession football. The best thing about the 4-3-3 formation is that you can play on the whole pitch in a three-three avant-garde, said Ruud Gullit, a deep-seated Dutch footballer, linking up one trio to the other. may increase. This always gives the central midfielders two options to advance. When Ruud Gellitt and Van Basten went to play at AC Milan, they had to play in a 4-4-2 formation and were not comfortable with it for long. When Johan Cruyff came in as Barcelona’s coach, he brought with him the Dutch-heritage of 4-3-3.
Netherlands players celebrating after scoring a goal.
Dutch managers have been trying other formations over the years. In the Euro Cup match played between the Netherlands and Ukraine last night, the Dutch team entered the field with a 3-5-2 formation. Interestingly, Ronald Kumann – who went on to coach the Dutch team and later coach Barcelona – had played the same 3-5-2 formation in Barcelona last season as well. The Dutch team that reached the semi-finals in the 2014 World Cup was coached by Louis van Hall, he went a step further. He played a very defensive formation of 5-3-2. Even then it was heavily criticized by Dutch-fans. When he learned that Franck de Boer was sticking to 3-5-2, he could find no better way to convey his voice than by flying a plane over the training ground and remembering his beloved formation through a slogan. Get it
The Netherlands and Ukraine played the most entertaining and exciting match of this Euro Cup on Sunday night, scoring five goals in the second half, as the Netherlands won 3-2 in the end. Neutral-spectators must have enjoyed watching the flurry of goals, but fans in the Netherlands will not be satisfied with this shoddy performance from the defence-line. Teams with a better attack line can tear up this defense. Despite the victory in the first match, scenes of frank de Boar’s policies and the fans’ tussle would continue to be seen.
Mefis Depay (left) trying to trick the Polish players
Austria and England won the other matches of Group C and D played on Sunday itself. Raheem Sterling scored a fine finish in England’s victory. Sterling plays for Manchester-City and just a fortnight ago came under fire from fans for not performing as expected in the final of the UEFA Champions League. He was assisted by Calvin Phillips by making a very good move. Calvin is a midfielder for Leeds United. The team qualified for the Premier League last season after 16 years of exile.
Calvin has been in Leeds since 2014, meaning he has played second-tier football for six seasons. From qualifying to play in the Premier League a year ago to now playing against World Cup runners-up Croatia in the European Championship, Pirona a fine assist – this is one of football’s legends that will be remembered far and wide. Now Calvin Philip is being called the Andre Pirlo of Yorkshire. England coach Gareth Southgate, who tested him and selected him in the team, deserves congratulations for this.