In the section

Oud-Oranje judges

, we ask a former international five questions about the Dutch national team at this European Championship.

In episode 5 Berry van Aerle, who played 35 international matches and became European champion with the Orange squad in 1988.

Follow news about Orange Follow

Receive notifications about important developments around Orange

1. What impression did Orange make against Austria?

"Orange has deservedly won, but the game is not yet something to be happy about. The strikers must be more deadly in front of goal and we are still giving away too many opportunities against Ukraine and Austria. That is still possible against these opponents, but if you later encounters the larger countries, it will be punished."

2. Denzel Dumfries, like you used to be right back, was again voted man of the match.


"I enjoyed him again. He was of course involved in two goals and it is fantastic to see that his attitude is rewarded with such a leading role. Although I must say that Frenkie de Jong was the man of the match for me, he was really fantastic on Thursday."

Berry van Aerle - on the bottom row in the middle - played every minute at the European Championship in 1988.

Berry van Aerle - on the bottom row in the middle - played every minute at the European Championship in 1988.

Photo: Pro Shots

3. How would you use the last group match?

"It is a game in which you have to gain confidence. North Macedonia is the least opponent of the group and it would be nice to score some goals. Would I save players? De Boer trains every day with the group and if I "I would only give the players a rest with minor aches and pains. Furthermore, it is exaggerated to keep players satisfied with playing minutes, the players should already be satisfied that they are part of the European Championship selection."

4. How should Frank de Boer fill in the coming days?

"You have to look for the balance between relaxation and concentration. It is not possible to keep the focus for days. The national coach can take this into account, but the players also have their own role in that. Although there are opportunities to relax probably less present in this period with corona than in my time."

5. How far will the Orange squad come in this European Championship?

"Orange is not yet at the level of France, Portugal or Italy. There is still time to get to this level and partly due to the complicated set-up of the tournament, the answer to this question depends on when Orange is one of these top countries."

See also: View the schedule and group standings of the European Championship