FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018

5 August - 24 August

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New Zealand v Netherlands: Group A - FIFA U-20 Women's  World Cup France 2018 - Netherlands pose for a team photo
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FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup record
​The Netherlands have never qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup before, so France 2018 will be their debut.

The road to France
Inspired by the efforts of the Dutch senior team, who won the UEFA Women's EURO 2017 on home soil in August, the Netherlands made history in securing their ticket to France 2018. They opened their campaign with back-to-back 2-0 wins over France and England, and sealed their place at the world finals with a 3-3 draw with Italy. Their run came to an end with a battling 3-2 defeat to eventual champions Spain.

The coach
A former defender that made one appearance for the Netherlands back in 1995, Michel Kreek succeeded Jessica Torny - who led the Dutch to qualification for their first-ever U-20 Women’s World Cup - in March 2018. The Amsterdam native enjoyed an impressive playing career, winning two Dutch Eredivisie titles, the Dutch Cup and Dutch Super Cup with Ajax before spells in Italy with Padova and Perugia. He then made over 100 appearances for Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem before capping his playing career with spells at Greek side AEK Athens and Willem II in his homeland. Following his retirement in 2006, Kreek started his coaching career in the youth ranks at Ajax and Almere City before joining Frank de Boer's backroom staff at Italian giants Inter Milan in 2016. In 2017, Kreek succeeded Foppe de Haan as one of Sarina Wiegman’s assistant coaches in the Dutch senior women’s team - a role he occupies alongside his duties as U-20 women’s coach.

The stat
2 - The Netherlands scored two goals or more in each of their matches at the 2017 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship, an indication of just how prolific the Oranje attack is.

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