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Wiegman puzzles towards Tokyo: ‘We want to add something to the way of playing’ | Dutch football

VideoThe contours of the Orange that we will see at the Olympic Games are becoming increasingly visible. ‘New’ names seize their chance among the arrived Lionesses, who will play a practice match in and against Spain tomorrow.


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The Orange Women team has been a feast of recognition in recent years, with established names and audience lovers such as Lieke Martens, Jackie Groenen and Daniëlle van de Donk. In fact, nine of the eleven players who were in the base in 2017 in the European Championship final won, were also at the kick-off of the World Cup final in France two years later.

But, Sarina Wiegman also notes, as a team you also have to remain unpredictable. And so the outgoing national coach – she is leaving for England after the Olympic Games to become national coach there – is busy making Orange more dynamic and surprising in the rare moments that she has her selection under her wing in the run-up to Tokyo. That worked out quite well in the previous international period this year, with victories over Belgium (1-6) and Germany (2-1). In that process, ‘new’ names also seize their chance.


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In recent years we have had a very recognizable way of playing, we are now working on adding something to that

Sarina Wiegman

Jill Roord, for example. In recent years she has gained status as the ideal twelfth woman, sometimes to the great frustration of herself, but her role has changed. She now often acts as a right winger who plays far in. That also offers room for an attacking right back like Lynn Wilms. “Jill shows a high level at both Arsenal and us and she continues that”, says Wiegman. “With her we can add other things to our way of play, which makes us more surprising for an opponent and gives us more possibilities to do other things in matches. In recent years we have had a very recognizable way of playing, we are now working on adding something to that. ”

Sarine Wiegman gives directions during the friendly against Germany in February. © ANP

There is a good chance that pillars such as Martens, Groenen, Van de Donk, Vivianne Miedema, Sari van Veenendaal, Dominique Janssen and Stefanie van der Gragt will again form the skeleton of the Olympic Orange team. But around it it will look a bit different. Take Aniek Nouwen (22), PSV defender who has conquered a starting place at the heart of the defense. And Wilms – her name was mentioned before – who is making a name for herself as an attacking back. She plays for FC Twente and has already been registered for the new season by the German top club VfL Wolfsburg. The 20-year-old Wilms is not available tomorrow in the exhibition game in and against Spain (kick-off at 7 p.m., to be seen at Veronica) due to an injury, but she definitely claims a starting place in Tokyo. Other names such as Anouk Dekker and Shanice van de Sanden are currently no longer as prominent in the pecking order as in previous years.

Jill Roord has acquired a status as the ideal twelfth woman in recent years, sometimes to the great frustration of herself, but her role has changed.
Jill Roord has acquired a status as the ideal twelfth woman in recent years, sometimes to the great frustration of herself, but her role has changed. © BELGA

Wiegman still has a few moments to prepare her selection for play. In this international period with tough exhibition games against Spain and Tuesday in Nijmegen against Australia (kick-off at 6.30 p.m.), a period in June and just before the Games with a few days of preparation in the Netherlands and Japan. She will have to make hard choices in the near future, because she can ‘only’ select eighteen players and put four on the standby list. “So yes”, Wiegman observes. “The competition is fierce and we would like to keep it that way.”

Lieke Martens in action.
Lieke Martens in action. © Pro Shots / Remko Kool

Wiegman puzzles towards Tokyo: ‘We want to add something to the way of playing’ | Dutch football
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