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Three games, two wins, one crisis?
They may have won two of them, but it's hard not to be worried after the Netherlands' first games of 2021.
Frank de Boer's side followed up a 4-2 defeat to Turkey with a 2-0 win against Latvia and a 7-0 win over Gibraltar, and we start the latest episode of the Clockwork Oranje podcast off by analysing what went wrong and what right in the three games.
After that, we then take an in-depth look at the Dutch side, from the defence through to the attack, discussing which players impressed, which didn't, and how the starting is XI is shaping up ahead of the Euros.
De Boer has stated that he has settled on 90% of his squad for the tournament, which leaves some hope for players not in the current selection, such as Wout Weghorst and Cody Gakpo. Of them, who are most likely to be called up? We give our thoughts...
Finally, we wrap things up with a look ahead to the Euros, pondering if there are some reasons to be cheerful, or if we should all be a bit afraid of how things will go.
Previewing the first matches of 2021
The first podcast episode of 2021 looks ahead to the Netherlands' first matches of the year.
Before they do so though, Finley Crebolder and Peter McVitie first share their thoughts on Frank de Boer's first five matches in charge and agree that, while they weren't perfect, there are reasons to be cheerful.
They then dive into their analysis of the squad for the matches against Turkey, Latvia and Gibraltar, starting with the goalkeepers. Maarten Stekelenburg is back, and that's a good thing. However, is it a concern that we have the same keepers now that we did in 2013?
After that, the pair then discuss the defenders that De Boer has chosen. Is De Ligt/Blind a good pairing? Should Kenny Tete start ahead of Denzel Dumfries? And how great is it that Owen Wijndal seems to have that LB spot nailed down?
Attention then turns to the midfield. Frenkie de Jong and Gini Wijnaldum are undisputed starters, but the third spot in the midfield is still a cause for concern. Davy Klaassen or Marten de Roon will probably play, but should Ryan Gravenberch get the nod?
In terms of the attacking options, it's a mixed bag. Finley and Peter both love a front three of Malen, Memphis and Berghuis, but just can't figure out why Ryan Babel and Luuk de Jong make the cut while Wout Weghorst sits at home.
Once the squad selection has been dissected, the episode ends with some predictions for how Oranje will get on in the new few weeks.
Goodbye Koeman, Hello De Boer
Frank de Boer is the new Oranje manager, but how did he get the job and will he be any good? All is discussed in the podcast's latest episode.
Finley Crebolder is once again joined by Dutch football journalist Peter McVitie, and the pair start off by looking back at Ronald Koeman's time in charge. It featured some great moments but, considering it ended before a major tournament, can it really be considered a success?
They then move on to analysing how the KNVB went about finding a replacement. They apparently approached Frank Rijkaard and Peter Bosz but, all things considered, it's hard to think that they ever wanted anyone other than De Boer, which is a concern in itself.
Finally, De Boer himself is discussed, with the main focus being on the period that ultimately got him the job - his time in charge of Ajax. His tactics, beliefs, strengths and weaknesses are all looked at in-depth.
Taking all of the above into account, Finley and Peter then give their overall thoughts on whether it's a good appointment or not and predict how far the Netherlands will get at the Euros next summer.
The story of Euro 2012 and a look ahead to 2021
In 2012, the Netherlands had one of their best squads in years, with key players in form and at their peak. On paper, they looked set to win their first trophy in 22 years. Sadly, football isn't played on paper...
Finley Crebolder and Peter McVitie kick the episode off by discussing what shape the side was in pre-tournament and what their own expectations were for Oranje, before going through each match in-depth.
They then discuss the various factors that contributed to the team's meltdown and try to figure out how things went so downhill so quickly for Bert van Marwijk and this group of players.
Once all is said and done about that campaign, they jump ahead to present day and look ahead to Euro 2021. Is the year delay a good thing for the Dutch? How far will they go? Will Koeman stay afterwards and if not, who will replace him?
The Story of Euro 1988 and talking to Cult Kits.
In Episode 2 of the Clockwork Oranje Podcast, Finley Crebolder tells the story of Euro 1988, a tournament that featured one of the best Dutch teams ever.
It also featured one of their best shirts, and Cult Kits join us to discuss it, them and all things football kits.
The story of Euro 2008 and talking to Total Football Festival
In the first episode of the Clockwork Oranje podcast, Finley Crebolder tells the story of how the Netherlands fared at Euro 2008.
He also speaks to Jeroen Janssen, one of the people behind Total Football Festival, about the festival itself and his personal memories of Euro 2008.