Women's Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 - NOT USED

Women's Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 - NOT USED

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Players of the Netherlands pose for a team photograph
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Olympic record

This will be the OranjeLeeuwinnen’s first appearance at the event.

The road to Tokyo

The Netherlands' maiden qualification for the Olympic tournament is yet another example of the remarkable evolution of Dutch women’s football in the past decade. The national team only qualified for their first UEFA European Championship in 2009 and would go on to lift the continental crown on just their third attempt in 2017. In 2015, they contested their first World Cup, reaching the last 16, before gracing the final four years later in France and winning all their matches to get there. In the end, it took a powerful USA side to deny them the world title.

A 2-0 quarter-final victory over Italy secured the Netherlands their berth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, where they will be keen to continue making history.

The stat

3 – During the Women’s World Cup in France, which doubled as the Tokyo 2020 qualifying tournament, Viviane Miedema top-scored for the Dutch with three goals. She became her country’s all-time top scorer, surpassing Manon Melis’ previous record of 59 – and all by the age of 22. The young No9 is now hoping to realise a childhood dream – perhaps the most special one of all. “My ultimate goal is to take part in the Olympics,” she revealed to FIFA.com.

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