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Fulham Following the Dutch (3)

After having decided to follow the Dutch in Euro 2008, courtesy of an editorial poll, we`ll continue our look at Group C, the group the Dutch have been placed in.

In a previous article, we had a quick look at Italy, today it is the turn of France.

In this so called 'Group of Death` France, alongside Italy, are probably favourites to go through. Indeed, in the qualifying group it was these two teams that knocked out Scotland.

The French side does feature numerous players that are familiar to us having plied their trade in our own Premier League at one time or another.

Amongst them are Thierry Henry, Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda, Claude Makelele, Patrick Vieira and William Gallas. Their squad also includes the much vaunted Franck Ribery as well as Willy Sagnol.

However, despite reaching the last World Cup Final, where they lost to Italy, there are suspicions that the French side has seen its best day.

Coached by Raymond Domenech, the French could be the side that Holland have to beat to progress to the next stages.

The two sides clash on June 13th, in Berne, it could be a make-or-break fixture, with the losers knowing the tournament is all but over for them.

In qualifying for Euro 2008, the French side lost to Scotland at Hampden Park and also in Paris to the Scots proving that they are not infallible.

As they head into Euro 2008, Raymond Domenech is under a little pressure. In all his nineteen years of coaching he has yet to win a trophy and critics are waiting for his 4-2-3-2 formation to click.

It is the two defensive midfielders playing in front of the back four that critics blame for France`s tame exit from Euro 2004 and it is surprising that Domenech hasn`t changed his style of play.

Returning to the fixture schedule, as already pointed out, a win against France will put the French on the back foot as they know the Italians await them in the last fixture.

We believe that if the Dutch can tame the French, they`ll get through!




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Date:Saturday May 31 2008

Time: 1:52PM

Your Comments

Not an easy thing to do but I am sure we will do it!
oranje_emu
You've just lost Ryan Babel! Torn ankle ligaments could mean he misses some of the new PL season for us! :(((
Aamir
get Kovermars back in i guess. Thats a big lost! Very handy player to have on the bench! Specially as Van Persie is still injured! De Cler has also hurt his knee so it looks like Gio will be our left back for the euros! I still think Bouma should be there but apparently Gio is playing well!
oranje_emu
What kind of role do you expect Kuyt to play in the tournament?
Aamir
Babel will be a loss but the Dutch squad is strong!
Fulham Badger
He'll be a loss for Liverpool as well!
Al Billy
Anyone know if Van Persie is fully fit?
Putney
He will be for the tournament! He might even be a sub for the game against wales on sunday. I don't think Kuyt will be a starter. If van persie is fit then he will be on the bench. If Van persie isn't fit he will start on the right.
oranje_emu
Babel is a great player, they'll miss him
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