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  • March 25, 2011
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Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Hungary - Netherlands

Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Hungary - Netherlands



PROBABLE LINE-UPS
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




DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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 Hotspur 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 playing time.

LAST MEETING

 

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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