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Euro 2024: Dutch fans to brighten up Berlin as Oranje face Austria in last group game

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Euro 2024: Dutch fans to brighten up Berlin as Oranje face Austria in last group game

2024-06-24 21:14 Last Updated At:21:20

The Netherlands needs a point from its final group game Tuesday against Austria to be sure of reaching the knockout stage of the European Championship, while Austria needs a win. The Dutch team has been supported by tens of thousands of orange-clad fans in Hamburg and Leipzig for its two games so far, and now they take their bright party to Berlin, where the final will be played next month. Perhaps a rehearsal? Kickoff is at 6 p.m. local (1600 GMT). Here’s what to know about the match:

— Both the Netherlands and France have four points in Group D, one ahead of Austria, while Poland has no points and was the first team eliminated. France is playing Poland in their final group game at the same time.

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Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman stands on the side line at the beginning of a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Mathias Schrader)

The Netherlands needs a point from its final group game Tuesday against Austria to be sure of reaching the knockout stage of the European Championship, while Austria needs a win. The Dutch team has been supported by tens of thousands of orange-clad fans in Hamburg and Leipzig for its two games so far, and now they take their bright party to Berlin, where the final will be played next month. Perhaps a rehearsal? Kickoff is at 6 p.m. local (1600 GMT). Here’s what to know about the match:

A Dutch supporter spray paints his face orange as he arrives for the Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

A Dutch supporter spray paints his face orange as he arrives for the Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Fans of the Dutch soccer team cheer prior to a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Mathias Schrader)

Fans of the Dutch soccer team cheer prior to a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Mathias Schrader)

Dutch supporters arrive for the Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Dutch supporters arrive for the Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

A Dutch fan holds a smoke flare outside the stadium ahead of a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

A Dutch fan holds a smoke flare outside the stadium ahead of a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Fans of the Dutch soccer team cheer prior to a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Mathias Schrader)

Fans of the Dutch soccer team cheer prior to a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Mathias Schrader)

Netherlands fans gather in Leipzig, Germany, Friday June 21, 2024, ahead of the Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)

Netherlands fans gather in Leipzig, Germany, Friday June 21, 2024, ahead of the Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)

Dutch fans cheer for their national team ahead of a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Dutch fans cheer for their national team ahead of a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

— The Dutch have a good record against Austria and will hope to make it eight wins in a row including a group stage victory over Austria in the last edition of the tournament.

— The game will be played in Berlin’s Olympiastadion. It will be the Netherlands’ first game in the stadium built under the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics.

— Austria hasn’t beaten the Oranje since a 3-2 victory in a friendly in Vienna in 1990. The Dutch won both their previous competitive meetings — at the 1978 World Cup and Euro 2020.

— The Netherlands started Euro 2024 by defeating Poland 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Wout Weghorst, then held France to the first and so far only goalless draw in the tournament. France missed a host of chances to score, while Xavi Simons had a goal ruled out through VAR, much to Dutch coach Ronald Koeman’s annoyance.

— Koeman helped the Netherlands win Euro ’88 as a player when West Germany hosted the tournament. He’s now in his second stint as national team coach.

— Under German coach Ralf Rangnick, Austria lost only one of its 10 qualifying games for Euro 2024, to Belgium 3-2. It was the team’s only defeat last year.

— Austria opened Euro 2024 with a 1-0 loss to France, then defeated Poland 3-1.

— Austria defender Gernot Trauner is out. Rangnick said the 32-year-old will “probably” miss the next game, too, should Austria progress.

— Netherlands counterpart Koeman was due to give an injury update later Monday.

— The Oranje won half of the teams’ previous 20 meetings, while Austria won six and there were four draws.

— Austria had never won a match at a Euros until it won two — over North Macedonia and Ukraine — at the last edition. The win over Poland was its third tournament win.

“We’re playing against an opponent that individually is equally good as France. They don’t have quite as many top players, but still many top players. If you look at Holland, the players that haven’t played at all yet or have only played a few minutes, they’re all international top-class players and they have great individual quality and they’re always trying to find some good solutions. So, we don’t want to allow them that. And in order to have those situations ourselves where we control the game, we need to have a top performance.” — Austria coach Ralf Rangnick.

“We have a good team with many different qualities, and I think we’re hard to beat. But we have to keep showing that.” – Netherlands forward Cody Gakpo.

AP Euro 2024: https://apnews.com/hub/euro-2024

Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman stands on the side line at the beginning of a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Mathias Schrader)

Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman stands on the side line at the beginning of a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Mathias Schrader)

A Dutch supporter spray paints his face orange as he arrives for the Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

A Dutch supporter spray paints his face orange as he arrives for the Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Fans of the Dutch soccer team cheer prior to a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Mathias Schrader)

Fans of the Dutch soccer team cheer prior to a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Mathias Schrader)

Dutch supporters arrive for the Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Dutch supporters arrive for the Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

A Dutch fan holds a smoke flare outside the stadium ahead of a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

A Dutch fan holds a smoke flare outside the stadium ahead of a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Fans of the Dutch soccer team cheer prior to a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Mathias Schrader)

Fans of the Dutch soccer team cheer prior to a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Mathias Schrader)

Netherlands fans gather in Leipzig, Germany, Friday June 21, 2024, ahead of the Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)

Netherlands fans gather in Leipzig, Germany, Friday June 21, 2024, ahead of the Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)

Dutch fans cheer for their national team ahead of a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Dutch fans cheer for their national team ahead of a Group D match between the Netherlands and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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Troubled Boeing stays close to the ground at a major UK air show

2024-07-22 17:37 Last Updated At:17:40

LONDON (AP) — European planemaker Airbus plans to show off its newest passenger jet with daily flight demonstrations during one of the world's biggest aviation trade fairs. But an ongoing safety and manufacturing crisis has rival Boeing keeping a lower profile at the Farnborough International Air Show.

The beleaguered American company isn't bringing any jetliners to take part in aerial displays at the event that kicks off Monday near London. Ahead of the show’s opening, the company said it remained focused on satisfying the concerns of U.S. regulators and “meeting our customer commitments” rather than selling a lot of planes.

Chief Operating Officer Stephanie Pope said Boeing was focused on “predictable deliveries” of jets to airline customers, and getting production of its troubled 737 Max jets back up to 38 per month.

“This is transformational change. And you all know we have slowed down our factories pretty significantly to execute that change,” Pope, who also serves as chief executive of Boeing’s commercial airplanes division, told reporters Sunday.

The Farnsborough expo, held every other year in turn with the Paris Air Show, is traditionally a venue for aerospace companies to showcase their newest technological developments and and for manufacturers to trumpet a flurry of orders for new passenger, cargo and military aircraft. Organizers expect about 1,500 exhibitors from 42 countries and 80,000 visitors during the weeklong event.

Boeing's subdued presence at this year's show underscores its continuing woes.

Boeing Global President Brendan Nelson said in a news release that the company has “reduced our commercial airplanes display and flight demonstrations at the show, and will focus on new technology, sustainability, security and services solutions.”

The company has been reeling since a door plug blew out of an Alaska Airlines 737 Max 9 during a flight at the start of the year, rekindling safety fears that were subsiding after two crashes of Max jets in 2018 and 2019 killed 346 people in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

The blowout of the panel, coupled with a string of current and former employees coming forward to allege quality-control lapses and retaliation against whistleblowers, brought renewed government scrutiny. The Justice Department revived a criminal fraud charge against Boeing in connection with the fatal crashes. Boeing agreed to plead guilty this month as part of an agreement that calls for an independent monitor to oversee the company's compliance.

Boeing’s leadership is in limbo as it searches for a successor to CEO David Calhoun, who’s stepping down at the end of the year. Calhoun apologized to crash victims’ relatives during a grilling from U.S. senators last month over the company’s safety record.

“Hopefully, a new CEO next year will make that horrible situation better, but until then, people are just focused on circling the wagons and doing what they can to keep the company functioning,” said Richard Aboulafia, a longtime aerospace analyst and now a consultant at AeroDynamic Advisory. “It’s a tragedy and an embarrassment, but hopefully this air show will be remembered as the darkness before the dawn.”

Boeing’s “customers have been very supportive,” said Pope, who’s a successor to Calhoun. But “It still doesn’t take away the reality that we’ve disappointed them. And we’ve impacted their business.”

“We are a stable company,” she said.

While Airbus will take part in the aerial displays above the town of Farnborough with its new passenger jet, the A321XLR, Boeing won’t have any passenger jets doing flypasts for the air show crowds though it will have one of its F-15 fighter jets. That's in contrast to the last show in 2022, when the American company showcased the latest versions of its 777 and 737 Max airplanes with press tours and flights.

So-called static displays of aircraft parked on the tarmac are also a big draw for air show attendees. Airbus will have three of its passenger jets on the ground, owned by its airline customers, while Boeing will only have one, a 787 from Qatar Airways.

"Normally, they’d be there absolutely in force, taking every opportunity for publicity and flying aircraft," airline analyst John Strickland of JLS Consulting said.

This time, Boeing has “got to be seen as being more contrite, that they’re focusing on safety, getting their house in order, getting back to winning back trust and respect as a dependable manufacturer of safe, commercially driven aircraft," Strickland said.

But don't rule out new sales announcements from Boeing despite its clipped wings and reduced production in the wake of the Alaska Airlines incident. Rebounding demand for air travel following the coronavirus pandemic means commercial airlines are eager for more planes, and Boeing and Airbus have a duopoly on the market.

Some analysts have forecast that the Farnborough air show may result in as many as 1,000 new aircraft orders for the two companies, along with some for smaller regional jet makers like Brazil’s Embraer. But the overall tone of the show could be more low-key.

“Not to say there will not be anything, but I don’t think we’re going to get massive, big headline orders that we’ve had in the past or launches for new aircraft,” Strickland said.

Airbus and Boeing are already swamped with a backlog of orders that will take them years to clear. Boeing’s monthly order numbers, however, have slumped, allowing Airbus to quietly build its sales lead. The Toulouse, France-based company has been developing the A321XLR, a fuel-efficient aircraft that’s getting attention from airlines because it will allow them to fly cheaper narrow-body jets on long-haul flights.

The model is behind schedule but expected to get certification later this year and has already racked up more than 500 orders, including from American Airlines and Air Canada.

Also at Farnborough, air taxi startups, including Boeing's Wisk Aero, will be displaying electric aircraft that could soon take to the skies, although none will be carrying out demonstration flights. A number of companies have been working on aircraft that take off and land vertically, pitching them as a sustainable form of transportation for densely populated cities or areas with less developed mass transit networks.

In a possible sign that air taxis are getting closer to reality, German startup Lilium announced a deal last week to sell aviation conglomerate Saudia Group, which owns Saudi Arabia's national carrier, 50 aircraft for an undisclosed sum, with the first to be delivered in 2026.

FILE - A Boeing 777X plane takes off at the Farnborough Air Show fair in Farnborough, England, on July 18, 2022. An ongoing safety and manufacturing crisis has Boeing keeping a lower profile at the 2024 Farnborough International Air Show, which kicks off Monday in England. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FILE - A Boeing 777X plane takes off at the Farnborough Air Show fair in Farnborough, England, on July 18, 2022. An ongoing safety and manufacturing crisis has Boeing keeping a lower profile at the 2024 Farnborough International Air Show, which kicks off Monday in England. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FILE - Security members watch a Boeing 777 at the Farnborough Air Show fair in Farnborough, England, July 18, 2022. An ongoing safety and manufacturing crisis has Boeing keeping a lower profile at the 2024 Farnborough International Air Show, which kicks off Monday in England. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

FILE - Security members watch a Boeing 777 at the Farnborough Air Show fair in Farnborough, England, July 18, 2022. An ongoing safety and manufacturing crisis has Boeing keeping a lower profile at the 2024 Farnborough International Air Show, which kicks off Monday in England. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

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