Nathan Ake (center, with the cup), captain of Netherlands U-17 team accepts the cup from Michel Platini, president of Uefa after winning the European Under-17 Football Championship final match between Germany and Netherlands in Ljubljana on May 16th, 2012. Photograph: Jure Makovec/AFP/GettyImages

It would be easy to miss the entrance to the Dutch football association on a leafy road outside Zeist, itself almost an upmarket suburb of Utrecht.(...)