Koeman pleased with Euro 2020 preparations


Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman says his team are already making good progress as they prepare for the European Championships in 2020.

Koeman’s troops were drawn in Group C and they did enough to finish second in qualifying behind Joachim Low’s Germany.

They finished ahead of Northern Ireland, Belarus and Estonia and were then drawn in Group C for the group stages ahead of next summer.

While they do not know the identity of the final team, Koeman and his staff know it will be one of Romania, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Belarus and Georgia.

The Netherlands will face Ukraine, Austria and play-off winner D and Koeman is already preparing his coaching staff for the games to come.


Earlier this month, the Dutch FA confirmed they will take on Spain in a friendly match, but he has already sent scouts to study their future opponents.

He told Voetbal International: “The preparation has already begun. Cees Lok recently started at the KNVB as a scouting coordinator. He is already charting Ukraine and Austria, while those countries will soon also be practising.

“But we have plenty of time to analyse it. In today’s football, there are no more secrets anyway. We know everything about them and they probably know about us. Ultimately, it’s the players who will have to make the difference.”

The Netherlands are unbeaten in their last six matches, with only Northern Ireland able to stop them from winning.

Koeman seems to have transformed the Dutch national team for the better and they will be looking to win their first European Championships since 1988.