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Biggest Strength: Talented midfield
If Netherlands is going to make a run toward the title, it will be on the strength of the team's midfielders, which can challenge any other midfield group in the tournament. And most of them are in their prime, so this might be the team's best chance to claim a European title for a while.
Rafael Van Der Vaart leads the way after another impressive season with Tottenham. Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Mark Van Bommel and Nigel de Jong will all make their presence felt at some point as well. It's a nice advantage for the contenders.
Biggest Weakness: Defense
The team's two straight clean sheets in pre-tournament friendlies have calmed any fears that the team's defense will derail its championship hopes, but it will be interesting to see how they handle an increase in the level of opponent.
Netherlands opens with the hypothetically easiest game, against Denmark. That should make sure the back line are on the same page. But if they don't hold up against Portugal and Germany, the Dutch will be headed for a premature exit.
Key Player: Robin van Persie
Van Persie enters Euro 2012 off the best season of his career. He scored 37 goals and added 15 assists across all competitions for Arsenal, and often carried the Gunners to a Champions League spot for next season.
His future with the club remains unclear, however, which could have an impact on his mindset throughout the tournament. Netherlands needs him to perform at a high level, so he must make sure those issues don't become a distraction.
Make-or-Break Match: Denmark (June 9)
Netherlands will put itself in good shape with a victory over Denmark in the opener. But a loss or draw would put them on the brink of elimination heading into a game against Germany, so the Oranje must avoid a slow start.
It will be a matchup of strong midfield play, but Netherlands should still have an edge there. As long as they take advantage in other areas, three points should be the end result. Openers are always tricky, however, so it's not a guarantee.