Our football match prediction:
Netherlands and Italy face each other in a friendly in what is expected to be the most entertaining clash of Tuesday’s program. The Oranje failed to qualify for the 2016 European Championship finals in France and new coach Danny Blind is on a quest to bring glory days back to Netherlands. The Dutch national team have big ambitions for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, but they first need to book their place at the showpiece tournament in Russia. Considering that Netherlands face Italy in their first friendly game of the year, we predict that Danny Blind is going to field the best possible side in Tuesday’s football match. The Azzurri have been producing fine performances under Giampiero Ventura and they are definitely capable of spoiling Netherlands’ party at Amsterdam Arena. Anyhow, the two teams seem to be evenly matched at the moment and share of spoils appears on the horizon.
Highlighted Player (Sneijder):
Wesley Sneijder is a Dutch footballer who started his senior career at Ajax. The product of Ajax’s youth academy made 126 league appearances for the Amsterdam Arena outfit and in 2007 he joined Real Madrid. After failing to impress with los Blancos, Sneijder signed a deal with Serie A side Inter on 27 August, 2009. He made his Inter debut a day after he signed a deal with the Nerazzurri. The Dutch midfielder, who has netted a number of goals from free kicks, won the 2009/2010 Serie A trophy with Inter and in 2010 he clinched the Champions League trophy with the Nerazzurri. After spending four years at Inter, he joined Galatasaray in 2013 and it has to be noted that he won his second Super Lig trophy with the Turkish outfit in the 2014/2015 season. Speaking of his international career, Sneijder participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final with Netherlands, but Spain proved to be a big catch for the Oranje in the title game.
Highlighted Team (Italy):
With four World Cup titles and one European Championship trophy, Italy remain one of world’s most successful teams and they have also finished as runners up at major tournaments on four occasions. The Azzurri have become famous for their result oriented football over the years which is perfectly suited for World Cup and Euro finals, so it is now a surprise when they fail to reach the final stages. After winning the second and third edition of the World Cup, Italy endured a difficult period until lifting their first European Championship title in 1968, while they also managed to show some improvement at the turn of the century. While winning the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the Azzurri reached Euro finals in 2000 and 2012, and they are still regarded as one of the leading sides in Europe. There have been too many high-profile players leaving their mark on the national team to count, but the likes of Paolo Maldini, Gianluigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Dino Zoff, Roberto Baggio, Luigi Riva and Alessandro Del Piero will go down as some of the most successful ones.