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EC Qualification

  • 25 March 2011
  • • 19:30
  • • Puskás Ferenc Stadion, Budapest
  • Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
  • • Attendance: 23817

Hungary - Netherlands Preview: Hosts hope to keep up challenge at the top to reach first European Championships since 1972

Hungary - Netherlands Preview: Hosts hope to keep up challenge at the top to reach first European Championships since 1972

Hungary: Kiraly; Lazar, Liptak, Juhasz, Laczko; Elek, Vadocz; Gera, Hajnal, Dzsudzsak; Rudolf.

Atletico Madrid

Netherlands: Vorm; Van der Wiel, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Pieters; De Jong, Van der Vaart; Kuyt, Sneijder, Afellay; Van Persie.

Real Madrid

  • Hungary currently occupy second place in Group E of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with nine points from four games.
  • Hungary have not qualified for a European Championships since 1972, when they finished fourth at the finals.
  • Goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly is the most capped player in the current squad with 79 international appearances.
  • The Hungarians are unbeaten since their 2-0 away loss against Sweden on September 3, 2010.
  • Star player Balazs Dzsudzsak is the only player in the current squad who plies his trade in the Dutch Eredivisie.
  • Netherlands sit first in Group E of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with the maximum 12 points from four games.
  • Oranje were eliminated in the quarter-finals in the last European Championship finals. Russia proved to be too strong in 2008 as they beat Holland 3-1 after extra time.
  • Rafael van der Vaart is the most experienced player in the squad that's selected for Friday's game. The Tottenham ace has been capped 88 times.
  • Holland were beaten only once in all of 2010. Spain beat the Dutch 1-0 in the final of the 2010 World Cup to shatter their dreams of winning the World Cup for the first time in their history.
  • Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has scored eight goals in four appearances during the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, but won't play on Friday due to a knee injury.
  • Shot-stopper Jelle Ten Rouwelaar will make his Netherlands debut if he gets features.


June 5, 2010: Netherlands 6-1 Hungary

The two sides last met in the summer of 2010 when Netherlands were preparing for the World Cup. Most of the Hungarian players had finished their season a while before and Oranje cruised to a comfortable 6-1 win to get a real confidence boost ahead of the 2010 World Cup. The match will be remembered by many for the hamstring injury Dutch winger Arjen Robben picked up during the game.

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Players to watch

B. Dzsudzsák

Position: Midfielder

Games: 12

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Dzsudzsak is without a doubt his side's most dangerous player at the moment. The tricky winger has been in impressive form all season long and has attracted the interest of several big teams. The match against Netherlands will be the perfect opportunity for him to show what he can do against tough opposition and Dzsudzsak will be desperate to prove his worth.

W. Sneijder

Position: Midfielder

Games: 10

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Oranje will have to make do without the services of prolific hitman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar due to injury, but they have plenty of stars left in their squad. Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder was one of the best players around in 2010 and the gifted midfielder is again showing signs that he's in top form. The former Madrid star will do his utmost to lead the Dutch to their fifth consecutive Euro 2012 qualifier win.

Editor's Prediction

Despite the absence of several important players, Netherlands will start the match as sky-high favourites. Oranje have won all their qualifying games since Euro 2008 and have impressed in their previous four games. Hungary won't be pushovers though as they've also won three out of their four qualifiers. The individual quality of the away side will eventually prove to too much for Hungary though and Holland will cruise to a relatively easy away win.

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