Euro 2004 Qualifier : Holland V Czech Republic
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Holland are in fine form (Allsport)
The top two teams in Group Three meet on Saturday as Holland take on Czech Republic. They both have made a 100% start to their qualification campaigns and are widely tipped to finish in the top two at the end of the campaign, although the results between them will probably decide who tops the group and qualifies automatically.
These two teams were among the biggest names to miss out on last summers World Cup and their fans will both be demanding qualification to the 2004 European Championships, especially Holland, who continue to have an embarrassment of riches in areas of their squad.
Dick Advocaat's side are in awesome form. They've won their last two high profile friendlies away to Germany (3-1) and at home to Argentina (1-0). They won their first two Group Three matches against Austria (3-0) and Belarus (3-0).
Czech Republic: WWWWDW
The Czech's are on a high from their 3-1 win away to France last month. It followed a 3-3 draw with Sweden in another friendly. That ended a run of five straight wins, including more friendly victories against Italy, Slovakia and Yugoslavia. So far in this group they've beaten Moldoca 2-0 and Belarus 2-0.
With Edwin van der Sar injured both Ronald Waterreus and Sander Westerveld are fighting for the goalkeeping gloves. The Real Sociedad man is expected to get the nod. Ajax youngster Rafael van der Vaart is back in the squad after recovering from an injury that kept him out of the recent win over Argentina. Advocaat has the tough decision of naming two strikers from half dozen stars in that position. Ruud van Nistelrooy and Roy Makaay are two of the most inform strikers in Europe and will be difficult to be dropped.
Czech Republic coach Karel Bruckner has Borussia Dortmund striker Jan Koller available despite him needed stitches in a face wound sustained in a recent Bundesliga match.
Goalkeepers: Ronald Waterreus (PSV Eindhoven), Sander Westerveld (Real Sociedad).
Defenders: Frank de Boer (Barcelona), Gionvanni van Bronckhorst (Arsenal), Andre Ooijer (PSV), Michael Reiziger (Barcelona), Fernando Ricksen (Rangers), Jaap Stam (Lazio).
Midfielders:Mark van Bommel (PSV), Paul Bosvelt (Feyenoord), Edgar Davids (Juventus), Clarence Seedorf (Milan), Rafael van der Vaart (Ajax), Boudewijn Zenden (Chelsea).
Forwards: Ronald de Boer (Rangers), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United), Pierre van Hooijdonk (Feyenoord), Andy van der Meyde (Ajax), Roy Makaay (Deportivo), Patrick Kluivert (Barcelona).
Goalkeepers: Jaromir Blazek (Sparta Prague), Petr Cech (Stade Rennes)
Defenders: Rene Bolf (Banik Ostrava), Zdenek Grygera, Tomas Huebschman (both Sparta Prague), Marek Jankulovski (Udinese), Martin Jiranek (Reggina), Tomas Ujfalusi (Hamburg)
Midfielders: Richard Dostalek, Patrik Gedeon (both Slavia Prague), Tomas Galasek (Ajax Amsterdam), Jiri Jarosik (CSKA Moscow), Pavel Nedved (Juventus), Karel Poborsky (Sparta Prague), Tomas Rosicky (Borussia Dortmund), Vladimir Smicer (Liverpool)
Strikers: Milan Baros (Liverpool), Jan Koller (Borussia Dortmund), Vratislav Lokvenc (Kaiserslautern), Stepan Vachousek (Slavia Prague)
go czech republic... go rosicky... :fero: