The Dutch national soccer team has a ‘hellish job’ to do at the European Cup next year because it is in the same group as highly-rated Italy, Romania and France, writes the Telegraaf on Monday.
The top two teams from each group go through to the next round.
The competition is being hosted by Austria and Switzerland and the Dutch matches will take place at the main stadium in Bern, which has capacity of 30,000.
This means that the Dutch football association is likely to get just 7,000 tickets, of which half will go to sponsors and guests and the rest to ordinary supporters. Some 200,000 applications for tickets are expected, the paper says.
Meanwhile, credit card company Mastercard estimates that each match involving the Dutch national squad will boost the economy by €42m, news agency ANP reports.
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