The Coach - Bert van Marwijk
The 60-year-old's pragmatism and cautious approach, his emphasis on teamwork, efficiency and total concentration has not always been to the liking of Dutch journalists and fans who have been raised on a diet of free-flowing attacking swagger from entertainers in bright orange shirts.
However, the Van Marwijk's methods have proved to be successful throughout his coaching career. From his transformation of provincial no-hopers Fortuna Sittard into a domestic force to Feyenoord's UEFA Cup triumph in 2002 and Holland's silver medal at the last World Cup, this opinion-divider has confounded an army of critics.
Those doubters include Dutch icons Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit, who often describe his approach as 'anti-football', yet results are what matters to Van Marwijk and he certainly has not failed in this regard. Affable and relaxed, he nonetheless cuts an authoritative figure and has a done a sterling job holding in check all the egos in the Dutch squad.
Also to his credit is his lack of fear when faced with tough calls, a single-mindedness exemplified by his axing of long-time national team striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and decision to switch Wesley Sneijder from the left-side of midfield to a central string-pulling role.
A coach who does not rely on excessive substitutions, he prefers to keep faith with his starting eleven for as long as possible and more often than not, they have delivered for him when push and shove have collided.
The Captain - Mark van Bommel
Despite the penchant of the Milan defensive midfielder for spiteful fouls and gamesmanship, he offers much to the Dutch side; never-say-die leadership qualities, an ability to read a game and simple but effective distribution.
Cynics who claim Van Bommel owes his place in the side to the fact that he is Van Marwijk's son-in-law conveniently ignore his infectious will-to-win, the respect he commands within the squad and his outstanding work shielding the back four.
When Gio van Bronckhorst gave up the captain's armband at the end of the 2010 World Cup, Van Bommel was the natural successor as he has rarely turned in a below par performance for the national side since he made his debut nearly 12 years ago.
Like his predecessor Marco van Basten, Van Marwijk normally uses a 4-2-3-1 system, but with considerably less flair and attractiveness.
For a long time, a key facet of the current coach's modus operandi was the deployment of two hard-hitting midfield enforcers in Van Bommel and Nigel de Jong, but in the past 18 months an alternative engine room set-up has begun to evolve, one with De Jong sacrificed for a deep-lying creator such as Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart or PSV Eindhoven starlet Kevin Strootman.
One case Van Marwijk has yet to definitively judge is to who play up front. Does he select the Schalke marksman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Holland's top scorer in the qualifiers with 12 goals, or Robin van Persie, who has been in the form of his life after a stunning season with Arsenal? A Dutch tactical Plan B would be a 4-4-1-1 featuring Sneijder on the shoulder of the lone front man.
The Weak Spot
Even though they only conceded eight goals in qualification, legitimate doubts persist as to the quality of Holland's centre-back pairing. Joris Mathijsen or John Heitinga are not the quickest and for that very reason, they have a tendency to drop too deep, thus inviting pressure.
The overall impression is that Holland are a team sliced in two - a ponderous retreating back-line and a brilliant attacking third. In central midfield, the likes of Van Bommel and De Jong are somewhat short of both movement and tempo, while strength in depth is an obvious problem. Replacements such as defender Jeffrey Bruma and Khalid Boulahrouz and winger Ryan Babel are all decent club professionals, but hardly the type of show-stoppers likely to set the pulse racing at Euro 2012.
A multi-talented bundle of skill, vision, effervescence and grit, Wesley Sneijder's world-class ability in the 'hole' gives the men in orange an extra-terrestrial dimension which few other Euro 2012 participants can match.
Perfectly two-footed, gifted enough to wriggle out of the tightest of spots, amazingly inventive and a superb finisher when presented with a scoring chance, the Inter Milan superstar can pick any defensive lock and after a low-key Serie A and Champions League campaign in 2011-12 campaign at club level, Sneijder will be looking to bounce back at Euro 2012.
Even though Van Marwijk has another brilliant ex-Ajax playmaker in Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart waiting in the wings if Sneijder fails to spark or falls victim to injury, he will be hoping his main man delivers for his country once more.
The Young Gun - Kevin Strootman
A 22-year-old player on the up, after making a big impression with PSV Eindhoven in recent months, score and creating goals aplenty and emerging as one for the future.
His Euro 2012 role is likely to be a watching brief given the superstar talent blocking his route to the starting line-up, but coach Van Marwijk may be tempted to throw him into the action if his side are not passing the ball as he would like. Strootman is a fine distributor of the ball, with his range of passing, and intelligence in his delivery, impressing seasoned observers.
What they Say
One the one hand, we're in the hardest group of them all and I would like us to play with a little less hesitancy. On the other, the guys do have the mentality of winners. The belief is there for all to see. The Van Persie, Robben and Sneijder generation is coming to maturity. That has to be a positive for Holland at Euro 2012. Arie Haan, former Dutch international midfielder
Their defence may not be strong enough to win Euro 2012, but Holland's firepower should propel them into the semi-finals at the very least.