1983: Ronald Koeman looks at the background to how Ruud Gullit a duel fight with Frank Stapleton during the european CHAMPIONSHIP qualifier in Dublin against the Irish.
If player made Koeman in 1983, on a visit to Ireland (2-3), a similar turning point. Five years later he won the european CHAMPIONSHIP. The Orange-in-the-scaffolding of the early eighties would, after the Netherlands, the world cup of 1982 had missed, at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in 1984 and the world cup in 1986 are still missing, but was in Dublin a huge boost. By goals of Ruud Gullit (2) and Marco van Basten was working for the team of Kees Rijvers after resting a 2-0 deficit away.
After the european CHAMPIONSHIP of 2016 and world cup 2018 is the current Dutch national team already two tournaments end absent. And also now correct a number of talents hard on the door. A victory over the Germans must have self-awareness increase, for the conviction to ensure that top performers can be defeated.
“If I have the group see the development, how they work together against this kind of opponents a performance, then I have a very good feeling. But okay, ultimately it is a result the ultimate reward for what we are doing,” said Koeman, who is only too well aware that the ball is two sides will fall.
That proved the practice duel with Portugal at the Stade de Genève, where Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk in the first half (0-3), a new era seemed to usher in, but the much worse second half there and the weak phases against Slovakia (1-1) and Italy (1-1), expressed the optimism in the head. “After peace was made, in which the duels better than before,” says Koeman. “That was also on other things, but you want to continue, you are in the middle of something.”
The real next step was, on 6 september in the second half against Peru with Frenkie de Jong and Davy Pröpper put, in a 4-3-3 formation, and was 9 september at the Stade de France a sequel. The netherlands lost the first Nations League-duel with France unnecessary (2-1), but the performance was more than encouraging. “Every international game is getting better gone. Of course we could us against France compete with the world champion. The game has largely been positive, but in the end it is the result. Against Germany, we get a new chance to prove that we are on the right track. And ultimately, that qualification for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in 2020.”
Progression of steps in the process, such as that today, so pretty hot, so Oranges goal during the neighbourly dispute the Netherlands and Germany, which are increasingly laden. In 1988, Koeman is still news of the world after the won semi-finals on the european CHAMPIONSHIP, he has to pretend his ass wiped with the shirt of the German Olaf Thon. “That was in a period of time that it’s all a bit hotter. And let’s not dwell on”, turned out to be the coach Koeman not only a little older than the player Koeman, but also wiser. “What Germany the last few years over a long period of time has performed, I think it’s an example for the Netherlands. Probably have them with us in the kitchen to look and now we look some more at them.”