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The Netherlands will play their opening match of the European Championship towards Poland in Hamburg. It was there, 36 years in the past, that Oranje coach Ronald Koeman brought on one of many largest scandals within the match's historical past within the semi-final towards Germany.

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Ronald Koeman, coach of the Dutch nationwide staff, is aware of this. The 61-year-old was a participant 36 years in the past and was answerable for one of many defining moments within the historical past of the European Football Championship. Now he’s returning to the place the place he made his unsuitable choice with the Netherlands for the group stage match towards Poland (Sunday, 3 p.m., reside ticker on welt.de) in Hamburg.

The European Championship semi-final between Germany and the Netherlands came about within the Volksparkstadion on 21 June 1988. The Dutch received the match 2:1, however Koeman missed the possibility to indicate his greatness because the winner. After the ultimate whistle, the Dutchman grabbed Olaf Thon's shirt and wiped his backside with it, clearly seen to everybody. At least that's what he did. A scandal that Koeman nonetheless regrets right now.

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Ronald Koeman in 1988 with Olaf Thon’s jersey – and a transparent gesture

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“It was a big mistake and bad of me,” the previous libero admitted in an interview with “Sport Bild” shortly earlier than the present match. “I'm sorry for that. But it was a long time ago. I don't want to say anything more about it.”

Thon isn’t indignant with Koeman

The incident additional fuelled the rivalry between Germany and the Netherlands, although Thon himself by no means made a giant deal out of it. “What happened on the pitch afterwards, he only read in the newspaper the next day,” Thon recalled in an interview on the sidelines of the European Championships. “I had already cooled down a bit by then.”

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He not blames the person who ripped off his shirt. “Koeman knows himself that he made a mistake.” And, he stresses, “I can take something like that much better than if he had kicked my Achilles tendon. That would have been much worse,” says Thon.

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On Sunday, Koeman can be again on the Hamburg pitch. He has already led the Dutch to the European Championships for a second time, however when the final match was postponed as a result of Corona, he went to FC Barcelona. Now the Oranje face a tough group.

A win towards Poland is nearly a should for the Dutch, who can be with out the injured Frenkie de Jong (FC Barcelona) and Teun Koopmeiners (Atalanta Bergamo), amongst others, for the finals. Especially since their opponents will most likely need to compete with out famous person Robert Lewandowski. After that, Koeman's staff will face France (June 21) and Austria (June 25) within the preliminary spherical.