Netherlands were in a group including Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Moldova and San Marino. The group winners and best runners-up qualified to Euro 2012. The other runners-up teams competed in the play-offs for the other 4 places. Netherlands finished on top of the group with only an away loss in Sweden stopping Oranje winning all its matches.
Netherlands were grouped with Germany, Portugal and Denmark. It looked a "group of death". Oranje failed to win any of its matches and exited the tournament before reaching the knockout stage.