- Title: NETHERLANDS: NETHERLANDS PREPARE FOR CRUCIAL EURO 2004 PLAYOFF MATCH
- Date: 17th November 2003
- Summary: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (NOVEMBER 17, 2003) (REUTERS ACCESS ALL) 1. DUTCH NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM CARRYING GOAL OVER FIELD 2. NATIONAL COACH DICK ADVOCAAT TALKING TO ASSISTANT COACH WILLEM VAN HANEGEM 3. PIERRE VAN HOOIJDONK AND EDWIN VAN DER SAR JOGGING 4. RUUD VAN NISTELROOY JOGGING (NOORDWIJK, THE NETHERLANDS (NOVEMBER 17, 2003) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 5. (SOUNDBITE) (Dutch) COACH DICK ADVOCAAT SAYING:"I looked at the match again and it is clear that it took too long before the ball was played to the centre forwards, they played too much around, especially in the first half, there were too many moments in which they lost the speed, too many times they played the ball back. If you want to use the centre forward well, they have to play fast to keep an element of surprise." AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS (NOVEMBER 17, 2003) (REUTERS ACCESS ALL) 6. CENTRE FORWARD RAFAEL VAN DER VAART (IN GREEN SHIRT) CHASING BALL 7. CENTRE FORWARD RUUD VAN NISTELROOY ON BALL 8. CENTRE FORWARD PATRICK KLUIVERT TRYING TO GET BALL 9. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PATRICK KLUIVERT SAYING: "They (the Scottish team) like pulling our shirts, and that is the way how football is also played at the moment. Although, we have to find other solutions to come a little bit free of the defence, because they are very strong." 10. CLARENCE SEEDORF TALKING TO EDWIN VAN DER SAR 11. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLARENCE SEEDORF SAYING: "They started better than we did and they scoared a goal, a good goal. They were a little bit more fortunate, but I think they deserved to have a little bit more fortune. But I am sure Wednesday is going to change things." 12. VAN NISTELROOY PRACTISING PENALTIES 13. EDGAR DAVIDS TAKING PENALTY 14. WIDE SHOT ARENA, SITE OF WEDNESDAY'S GAME AGAINST SCOTLAND Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: AMSTERDAM/NOORDWIJK, NETHERLANDS
- Country: Netherlands
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- Story Text: Netherlands prepare for crucial Euro 2004 playoff
The Dutch national squad trained at the Amsterdam
Arena on Monday (November 17) ahead of their crucial Euro
2004 playoff second leg match against Scotland.
Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat is confident his side
will overturn a 1-0 deficit on Wednesday (November 19) and
qualify for the finals in Portugal, but said his side will
have to speed up their attack.
"I looked at the match again and it is clear that it
took too long before the ball was played to the centre
forwards, they played too much around, especially in the
first half, there were too many moments in which they lost
the speed, too many times they played the ball back. If you
want to use the centre forward well, they have to play fast
to keep an element of surprise," said Advocaat at a news
conference on Monday.
Winger James McFadden fired the winner before 51,000
delighted Scottish fans on Saturday (November 15) as
Scotland earned their first competitive win over the Dutch
since the 1987 World Cup finals and their first in any
match since 1982.
The Netherlands had an outstanding team on paper with
Ruud van Nistelrooy and Patrick Kluivert up front,
supported by Edgar Davids and Andy Van der Meyde in the
But as in 2001, when they were surprisingly dumped out
of the World Cup playoffs by Ireland, the Dutch failed to
combine effectively as a team and squandered their scoring
On Monday, van der Meyde fainted during a television
interview but the Dutch Football Association KNVB said he
would be fit to play on Wednesday.
Van der Meyde, a constant danger against the Scots on
Saturday, suffered constriction of the blood vessels,
aggravated by heat from the TV crew's spotlights during an
interview at a Dutch team news conference, KNVB said.
"During an interview, the striker suddenly collapsed
and fell with his head against a loudspeaker. But after the
initial shock was over things turned out not to be as
serious as feared," said the website.
Van der Meyde, who plays for Inter Milan, was examined
by the Dutch national squad's doctor and then he had lunch.
PSV Eindhoven players Arjen Robben and Wilfred Bouma
have been added to the Dutch squad for Wednesday's home leg.
Fullback Bouma received a call-up because Jaap Stam is
suspended after being booked at Hampden Park, while captain
Frank de Boer has a slight thigh injury.
Winger Robben has been added to the squad for Amsterdam
because Marc Overmars looked unconvincing in the first leg
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