World Cup Group A is a fascinating quartet in every way. Hosts Qatar and Ecuador will play on November 20 to open the tournament. Senegal, the African champions, have their best ever squad, while the Netherlands are looking to make another deep run after missing out in 2018.
Here’s everything you need to know about it Netherlands:
Coach: Louis van Gaal
Higher finish: Second (1974, 1978, 2010)
End 2018: It didn’t qualify
FOX betting odds: +1400
Key players: Matthijs de Ligt, Memphis Depay, Virgil van Dijk
What we are excited to see: When the Dutch really qualify, they are always a title threat. Van Gaal coached the orange to third place in 2014. Is this the year the greatest team to ever win a World Cup finally comes to an end?
What a successful looks I like: There are no consolation prizes for a nation that is 0-3 in World Cup finals. For the Netherlands, only one degree will do.
X Factor: Van Dijk. The colossal centre-back has struggled at times for Liverpool this season. Van Gaal needs him to be at his best.
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Doug McIntyre is a football writer for FOX Sports. Before joining FOX Sports in 2021, he was a writer for ESPN and Yahoo Sports and has covered the US men’s and women’s national teams at several FIFA World Cups. Follow him on Twitter @By Doug McIntyre.
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