[autotag]UEFA[/autotag] expanded [autotag]Euro 2016[/autotag] to 24 teams. The shift made qualifying easier – 24 of 54 members will make it. That context makes the following fact more surprising. The [autotag]Netherlands[/autotag], third-place finishers in the [autotag]2014 World Cup[/autotag], are in danger of not qualifying.
The Dutch are in 4th place in qualifying Group A with 10 points from eight matches. Iceland (who took all six points from the Dutch) and the Czech Republic have clinched the two automatic places. Turkey, in third-place, leads the Netherlands by two points entering the final two matches. Even if the Dutch beat out the Turks, they still face a home-and-away playoff with one of the other third place finishers to get in.
For some perspective, the Oranje had a 26-1-1 record through their last three qualifying campaigns. This would be the first time the Dutch have missed the Euros since 1984. That tournament had an…
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