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Euro 2012 Predictions: Netherlands Will Follow World Cup Final Loss with Title

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 07: Robin van Persie (R) and Dirk Kuyt of the Netherlands greet fans prior to the start of the UEFA EURO 2012 Group E Qualifier between Netherlands and Moldova at the Kuip stadium on October 7, 2011 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJune 1, 2012

The Netherlands will follow their disappointing 1-0 loss to Spain in the 2010 World Cup final with a triumph at the European championships this month. It will be the country's first Euro title since 1988.

The Dutch will certainly be one of the favorites in Poland and Ukraine, and are set to bring a balanced squad with an impressive combination of youth and experience.

Let's look at three reasons why the Netherlands will win Euro 2012.

 

Strong Attacking Quality

The Dutch will bring a phenomenal group of forwards to the European championships, and will have no excuses if they fail to consistently score goals.

Robin van Persie headlines a roster of attacking players that includes Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Arjen Robben, Luke de Jong, and Ibrahim Afellay.

Van Persie dominated the Premier League this season for Arsenal, leading the league with 30 goals. Huntelaar led the Bundesliga with 29 goals for FC Schalke 04. Robben is a world class winger that is always a threat to score from anywhere on the pitch.

With their depth and talent at forward, expect the Dutch to be an exciting squad that will score lots of goals at the Euros.

 

Balanced Midfield

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30:  Wesley Sneijder of Netherlands in action during the International Friendly between the Netherlands and Slovakia at De Kuip Stadion on May 30, 2012 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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The Dutch midfield is a very balanced group of creative playmakers and strong defenders. Wesley Sneijder of Inter Milan is one of the best passers in world football and is still a world-class player.

Him and Rafael van der Vaart of Tottenham will be able to give the team's forwards the final pass that will allow them to have a good shot on goal.

Behind Sneijder and van der Vaart will be some fierce midfielders such as Nigel de Jong and Mark van Bommel, who aren't afraid to make dangerous tackles.

The balanced midfield of the Netherlands will be an integral part of their success against the world's best teams.

 

World-Class Goalkeeper

Maarten Stekelenburg, who plays his club football at AS Roma in Italy's Serie A, is a world-class goalkeeper and will shine for the Netherlands at the Euros.

The 29-year-old star played well in the 2010 World Cup and made several strong saves in the final against Spain.

With a reliable goalkeeper they can trust, the Netherlands will be confident going into the European championships. If they can score a lot of goals, the Dutch will be tough to beat.

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