The view from the Netherlands

Dutch Euro outlook driven by coefficient

November 2, 2011
By Ernst Bouwes
The fourth-round draw of the KNVB Cup in the business lounge of Go Ahead Eagles left many Dutch football supporters quivering with excitement. With Ajax v AZ and FC Twente v PSV set to take place sometime between December 20 and 22, it will be like Christmas has come early in the Netherlands.

However, Heinrich Welling - the Dutch FA official controlling the draw in Deventer - pulled a long face. The efforts to keep the top clubs in the cup for as long as possible had been ...

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