PHILIPSINES are set to become the first team to win the 2017 European Championship finals in the northern hemisphere.
The Netherlands have won the competition since 1988, and are currently in second place ahead of the winners in Croatia and Austria.
They are the latest team to be included in the finals after winning the last two tournaments in Russia and the Netherlands.
The Dutch were the favourites to win their fifth straight tournament on Tuesday but were beaten by Croatia in the final.
“The Dutch will win their seventh straight European championship, the first time since the World Cup in 1998, after winning Euro 2000 and 2002,” said the Dutch Football Association’s president.
“It’s the biggest step ever taken by the Dutch football club to be recognised as the biggest European winners in history.”
The Netherlands beat the hosts 4-2 in the second round on penalties and have now qualified for the final by beating Spain in Rome on Thursday night.
Austria were also crowned winners in last season’s tournament after beating England 5-3 in the quarter-finals.
Austrian coach Marco van Basten said he was “extremely proud” to be leading his team to the final after being named the tournament’s coach of the tournament for the first-time in four years.
“We’re delighted to be here,” he said.
“I think it was a very important year.
The team is not as strong as it was in 2010.
The World Cup is a very big tournament for a team, especially a team like us, but also for us.”
You have to be very careful, to be ready and ready to win in the end.
We will have the most confidence, and we know that we can be the winners.
“The Dutch have already qualified for next year’s tournament, but have yet to confirm their participation in the tournament, which will be played from January 12 to 18 in Russia.
The Austrian team had qualified for Russia in 2010 and 2011 but did not play in the previous two tournaments, after the Football Association of Austria decided to take over the hosting rights from FIFA.
The World Cup hosts Russia and Austria are two of Europe’s biggest clubs and have won eight European championships in a row.
The hosts were led by former Chelsea and Tottenham striker Andre Schurrle, who scored three goals in the 1-0 win over the Netherlands in the 2014 finals.