As a result of the worst qualification rounds in decades, the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship has to do without a Dutch team this year. But while all the top countries are competing for the finals in France, the world’s second runner up (the Netherlands ended third at the last World Championships) is focusing on a different soccer goal: the RoboCup.

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