Today in Basel at 11:45 am PT, the third quarterfinal in Euro 2008 will take place. The tournament's best team so far, the Netherlands or as we call back in The Hague, Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, will take on Russia.
The Dutch rolled through the tournament, beating Italy 3-0, France 4-1, and finally shutting out Romania 2-0 playing mostly reserves. The Russians survived an opening 4-1 loss to Spain to move on with a 1-0 win over Greece and a 2-0 win over Sweden.
Dutch coach Marco van Basten should have his full squad available. Defender Khalid Boularhouz had left training camp to be with his wife as their prematurely born daughter passed away Wednesday.
The Russians are coached by a former Dutch national coach, Guus Hiddink.
The Russians (then Soviets) and the Dutch met in the 1988 Euro final and in that match van Basten scored one of the most spectacular goals in soccer history. Or at least one of the most spectacular on that big of a stage. Sorry for the grainy video, but if you want to watch a longer video, you can find them.
The Dutch and Russians have met eight times and the Dutch lead the alltime series 4-2-2, including a 2-0 win in the Euro 1988 final.