This century, the Netherlands and Germany met three times in European Olympic Qualification tournaments, all in group phase matches. Germany won in 2000 (3-0) and 2016 (3-2), the Netherlands in 2008 (3-1).
Germany and the Netherlands met at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. The Netherlands won 3-2 in a classification match for places 5-8.
The Netherlands and Germany (NOC) have played 12 world level major tournament matches against each other (Olympic Games, World Championship, World Cup, World Grand Prix, Nations League, Grand Champions Cup). The Netherlands have lost only one: 3-1 in the second round of the 2010 World Championship.
The most recent world level meeting between the Netherlands and Germany took place on 13 June 2019, in the league round of the 2019 Nations League. The Netherlands won 3-2 in Stuttgart. Louisa Lippmann scored 25 points for Germany, Anne Buijs 23 for the Netherlands.
"I'm very proud of this team, we had a good start. It's getting closer to the finals matches now, I think today will be really difficult, its a home match for The Netherlands. So I think we've played well, but today is another hard match"
Opposite for Germany
"They have a really stable team, they are playing really well this tournament, we have a plan. Of course, we have a strong team, they have a strong team, so it will be a good match"
Middle Blocker for The Netherlands
Germany won all three matches in the group phase of the CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification 2020 – 3-1 against Turkey, 3-1 against Belgium and 3-0 against Croatia.
Germany (NOC) are hoping to qualify for their fourth Olympic Games, after 1996, 2000 and 2004. East Germany and West Germany participated in five Games combined.
In 2004, when Germany qualified for their most recent Olympic Games, they beat Italy 3-2 in the semi-finals before winning the final of the CEV Volleyball European Qualification 3-0 against Turkey.
Louisa Lippmann (61) and Hanna Orthmann (58) are among the most prolific scorers in Apeldoorn. Only Belgium's Britt Herbots (75) has scored more points in the tournament.
Only Herbots (12) has hit more aces in CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification 2020 than Orthmann (9).
Jennifer Geerties is the best receiver of the CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification 2020, with a perfect receptions percentage of 46.05%.
The Netherlands beat both Azerbaijan and Bulgaria by a 3-0 scoreline, before losing their third match to Poland (3-1) at the CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification 2020.
The Netherlands could qualify for the Olympic Games for the fourth time, after 1992, 1996 and 2016. Their best result was a fourth place at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In 2016, the Netherlands beat Italy 3-0 in the semi-finals of the CEV Volleyball European Qualification before losing the final against Russia (3-1).
Floortje Meijners and Anne Buijs (38 points each) are the Netherlands' top scorers at the CEV Tokyo Volleyball European Qualification 2020. Nika Daalderop follows on 36 points.
Only Turkey's Zehra Günes (14) has won more points from stuff blocks in this tournament than Robin de Kruijf (13) and Yvon Belien (12).
First RefereeJuraj MOKRYSVKSecond RefereeVladimir OLEYNIKRUS
Containing a 250 meter cycling track, an indoor athletics track and a top sport hall, combined with a large number of meeting and congress facilities and the sports café, Omnisport Apeldoorn is the largest top sport accommodation in the north-east of the Netherlands. Ever since the sports temple opened its doors in 2008, loads of top sport events were staged in Apeldoorn, for which Omnisport was allocated with the A-status for sport facilities.
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- Who Qualifies?
After completion of a single round robin in each of the two pools, the top two teams will play crossed semi-finals. This is followed by a winner-takes-it-all final, where a much-coveted ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be at stake.More
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Inside Team Germany locker room
Denise HANKE leads the celebrations
Laura DIJKEMA dives for the ball
Myrthe SCHOOT passes the ball
OmniSport Apeldoorn full to the rafters
Marie SCHOELZEL attacks on a quick reverse
Germany upset hosts in straight sets to make Apeldoorn final
Germany upset the Netherlands with a 3-0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-22) shutout in the first of two semifinals at the women’s continental Olympic qualifier in the Dutch city of Apeldoorn. German opposite Louisa Lippmann shone throughout the first set, chipping in a couple of aces towards a set total of nine points. Her team enjoyed the lead through the most part of the set, but the Netherlands managed to wipe out the four-point advantage the Germans had at 22-18 and push the set into overtime. On the third German set point, Lippmann attacked successfully for the 27-25 winner.
With opposite Lonneke Sloetjes on the starting line-up for the second set and Floortje Meijners moving into an outside spiker position, the Netherlands piled up a solid lead, which reached six points at 15-9. On a couple of strong serving streaks by Lippmann and Hanna Orthmann, Germany not only caught up, but stepped up front and then kept pace through a 25-23 close, fixed on a spike by middle blocker Marie Schoelzel after on overhead pass from Denise Hanke.
Coach Felix Koslowski’s squad had the initiative in the third set, maintaining a lead of up to three points and allowing the Dutch to step ahead in the score momentarily only twice in the set, the second time after a four-point run for 20-19. Pulling off some fantastic saves in defence when it mattered the most, the Germans reached match point after Orthmann’s eighth successful spike in the set and, two rallies down the road, they were celebrating victorious with 25-22 win after Lippmann hit the last point, her 21st in the match. Netherlands’ Nika Daalderop (15 points) and Germany’s Orthmann (14) came next on the scorers’ chart.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of GERMANY compared to THE NETHERLANDS.
GERMANY number of service aces compared to THE NETHERLANDS
Errors leading to points of GERMANY, next to those from THE NETHERLANDS
"I told the team before the match, we played them two years ago, they beat us in every friendly match. 10 days ago, The Netherlands were the favourites. I told my team that, and they played freedom to play hard on every ball. THey played amazingly in crunch time situations."
Coach of Germany
"We lost the match, because our level was too much up and down. Our attack was good, but in the first set we made three crucial mistakes. In the second set we were six points in front, but we made I don't know how many mistakes in a row. In passing, in attack. In the third we had four opportunities to spike in transition. We played bad in defence today. If you want to go to the Olympics, you need to defend much better. I didn't see the right attitude in defence with the players."
Coach The Netherlands
Robin DE KRUIJF
"We did have the will to go. At times we had what it takes, but at the start of the third set we looked like afraid sheep. We just let things happen. That's not the way to play a match where a place at Olympics is at stake."
Middle Blocker The Netherlands