It may be classed as an international ‘friendly’ but there will be more than just a tactical analysis for both World Cup-preparing managers on the line when they meet early next week. This is a fixture steeped in bad blood, passion and intensity. Expect a fiery encounter when they converge on Amsterdam.
Away from the historical context of this showdown, both Louis van Gaal and Hansi Flick will be using the game as a chance to assess their current squads ahead of November’s World Cup curtain-raiser. Already, Germany have beaten Israel 2-0 this international break, while the Netherlands’ dispatched Denmark 4-2.
Van Gaal was drafted in for his third stint as Oranje manager back in August 2021, and the former Ajax and Barcelona boss will no doubt be relishing the opportunity to lead his nation out at another World Cup. Flick meanwhile succeeded Joachim Low after Euro 2020 and will face his first international tournament later this year.
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Netherlands vs Germany: Match Stats
Go back to that famous 1974 World Cup final, and even then there were plenty of goals. Indeed, this is and always has been a high-scoring fixture. In more recent meetings, nine of the last 11 matches between great international rivals Germany and the Netherlands have finished with over 2.5 goals, with both nations scoring at least two each in the previous three games. In terms of who might be the difference-maker, look no further than Thomas Muller. The self-proclaimed ‘raumdeuter‘ has registered more assists than any other player across Europe’s top five leagues in the last five seasons combined (78), so Van Gaal — who once managed Muller at Bayern Munich — will certainly know the threat he carries when in the final third.
06 Sep 2019 – Germany 2-4 Netherlands – Euro 2020 Qualifying
24 Mar 2019 – Netherlands 2-3 Germany – Euro 2020 Qualifying
19 Nov 2018 – Germany 2-2 Netherlands – Nations League
13 Oct 2018 – Netherlands 3-0 Germany – Nations League
14 Nov 2012 – Netherlands 0-0 Germany – International Friendly
These nations were drawn into Group C of Euro 2020’s qualifiers, and they played out some very tasty games. In the Dutch capital, Germany ran out 3-2 winners in a five-goal thriller, with goals from Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry and Nico Schulz getting the job done, before the Netherlands exacted revenge in Hamburg, winning 4-2 as they both topped the group and reached the tournament.