The Netherlands will play Italy today as Holland attempt to put memories of their disastrous Euro 2012 campaign well and truly behind them. The game will kick off at 2.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream by clicking here.
Holland’s Euro 2012 performance was absolutely diabolical; they scored just two goals, and lost every game in the group stages, getting knocked out at the first hurdle.
The performance was even more difficult for Holland fans to swallow as the team had performed so well in the last World Cup, and expectations were high that they could be real competitors for the Euro 2012 crown. However, as it worked out they were given a harsh lesson that if they were not in their top form, European football can be fierce and an unforgiving beast.
Expectations were even higher after Holland had progressed through to the Euro 2012 Finals by qualifying with a near-perfect campaign. They were unbeaten until their final game, when they lost a game they had no need to compete in - as they had already qualified.
Euro 2012 missed out on the prolonged showing of the orange flags and shirts that accompany the Netherlands team everywhere they go. But now the team will be looking to build towards the 2014 World Cup.
They will pit themselves against one of the most consistent performers on the world stage today. Italy, even when they have been unable to put together what most would call a strong team, they have still managed to get through to the latter stages of major tournaments.
Holland come into this game with a new coach since the Euro 2012 campaign, and he will be looking to build up momentum from this point until the World Cup next year.
Holland vs Italy is scheduled to kick off at 2.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream by clicking on the link above.