Most people in the Netherlands had a nice summer and a long holiday. Since they did not even participate in Euro 2016 people could do something else. But, it can’t happen that Holland will not qualify for two big tournaments in a row.
But, it won’t necessarily be easy to get to the World Cup 2018 which is to be organized in Russia. On the paper group A in which Netherlands will play is among the toughest of them all. Together with them in group A we can find the runners-up from the Euro 2016 final France. That is for sure among the best teams in Europe, so not easy at all. Then we have Sweden, a nation for which Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he won’t be playing anymore. That is of course good news for the Netherlands, but Sweden can be a tough nut to crack still.
Besides Sweden and France the Netherlands will also play against Belarus, Bulgaria and Luxembourg. Bulgaria is not an easy opponent, while Luxembourg is a team that the Netherlands should be able to beat easily. Belarus should be beaten, but on a bad day Belarus can surprise as well.
When will the Netherlands play?
The first match for Holland will be played on September 6th against Sweden (in Sweden). Then in October they will get the chance to play against Luxembourg and France. The first match will be played on October 7th against Belarus at De Kuip in Rotterdam, and on October 10th against France at Amsterdam Arena.
If you will come to Amsterdam to watch the match against France, do not forget to visit the beautiful attractions of the city as well while in town.
If you want to watch the different qualification matches online, then you can find lots of information and news related to this at watch-sports.org.