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Netherlands national football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Netherlands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Oranje
Holland
Clockwork Orange[1]
The Flying Dutchmen[2]
AssociationKoninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (KNVB)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachRonald Koeman[3]
CaptainVirgil van Dijk
Most capsWesley Sneijder (134)
Top scorerRobin van Persie (50)
Home stadiumJohan Cruyff Arena (54,990)
De Kuip (51,117)
Philips Stadion (35,000)
FIFA codeNED
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 14 Steady (7 February 2019)[4]
Highest1[5] (August–September 2011)
Lowest36[6] (August 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 5 Increase 6 (3 March 2019)[7]
Highest1 (1978, 1988–1990, 1992, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2014)
Lowest49 (October 1954)
First international
 Belgium 1–4 Netherlands 
(Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905)
Biggest win
 Netherlands 11–0 San Marino 
(Eindhoven, Netherlands; 2 September 2011)
Biggest defeat
England England Amateurs 12–2 Netherlands 
(Darlington, England; 21 December 1907)[a]
World Cup
Appearances10 (first in 1934)
Best resultRunners-up, 1974, 1978, and 2010
European Championship
Appearances9 (first in 1976)
Best resultChampions, 1988
WebsiteOnsOranje.nl (in Dutch)

The Netherlands national football team (Dutch: Het Nederlands Elftal) represents the Netherlands in international football. It is controlled by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB), the governing body for football in the Netherlands. The team is colloquially referred to as Het Nederlands Elftal (The Dutch Eleven) and Oranje, after the House of Orange-Nassau. Like the country itself, the team is sometimes (also colloquially) referred to as Holland.

The Netherlands has competed in ten FIFA World Cups where their best result was appearing in the final three times (in 1974, 1978 and 2010). They have also appeared in nine UEFA European Championships with the nation winning the 1988 tournament in West Germany. Additionally, the team won bronze at the Olympic football event in 1908, 1912 and 1920. Netherlands topped the FIFA World Rankings for the first time on August 2011. The fan club is known as the "Het Legioen"[8]

History

Beginnings: 1905–1969

The Netherlands in 1905
The Netherlands in 1905

The Netherlands played their first international match in Antwerp against Belgium on 30 April 1905. The players were selected by a five-member commission from the Dutch football association. After 90 minutes, the score was 1–1, but because the match was for a trophy (the "Coupe van den Abeele"), the match went into extra time, during which Eddy de Neve scored three times, making the score 4–1 for the Netherlands.[9] Some historians attribute one of the goals scored to Willem Hesselink.

In 1908, the Netherlands competed in their first official tournament appearance at the Summer Olympics in London where they would finish with the bronze medal after losing to Great Britain in the semifinals, before defeating Sweden in the bronze medal match 2-0.[10] The following two Olympic Games in 1912 and 1920 would see the Dutch finish with the bronze medal as they lost to Denmark and Belgium in respective tournaments.[11][12]

The 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris saw the Dutch make to the semifinals on the back of wins against Romania and Ireland. In the semifinal, they would give up a one-goal lead which was scored by Kees Pijl to lose 2-1 and be relegated to the third-place playoff for the fourth time.[13] In the third place playoff, they would lose to Sweden in a replay.[14]

Netherlands on their way out to face Switzerland at the 1934 FIFA World Cup.
Netherlands on their way out to face Switzerland at the 1934 FIFA World Cup.

After being eliminated in the first round at their 1928 Summer Olympics on home turf,[15] they skipped the first World Cup in 1930 due to travel costs from the European continent to South America.[16] The Netherlands team would make first appearance at a FIFA World Cup in 1934 where they took on Switzerland. Kick Smit was the first goalscorer for the Netherlands in a World Cup as the team would be eliminated in the opening round to Switzerland 3-2.[17] A second appearance at the 1938 World Cup would see the same result with a first-round elimination against Czechoslovakia.[18]

After the Second World War, the Dutch would only qualify for two international tournaments before the 1970s. The 1948 Summer Olympics in Great Britain and the 1952 Summer Olympics in Finland. Those appearances would be early elimination with them losing to the hosts (1948)[19] and Brazil (1952).[20]

Total Football in the 1970s

The 1970s saw the invention of Total Football (Dutch: Totaalvoetbal), pioneered by Ajax and led by playmaker Johan Cruyff and national team head coach Rinus Michels. The Dutch made significant strides, qualifying for two World Cup finals in the decade. The captain of the Brazilian team that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Carlos Alberto, went on to say, "The only team I've seen that did things differently was Holland at the 1974 World Cup in Germany. Since then everything looks more or less the same to me... Their 'carousel' style of play was amazing to watch and marvellous for the game."[21]

In 1974, the Netherlands beat both Brazil and Argentina in the second group stage, reaching the final for the first time in their history. However, the team lost to West Germany in the final in Munich, despite having gone 1–0 up through Johan Neeskens' early penalty kick before a German had even touched the ball. However, a converted penalty by Paul Breitner and the winner from Gerd Müller led to a victory for the Germans.[22]

The Dutch team before their 1–2 loss against West Germany in the final of the 1974 World Cup
The Dutch team before their 1–2 loss against West Germany in the final of the 1974 World Cup

The 1976 European Championship saw the Netherlands qualify for their first European Championship after beating Belgium in the quarterfinals. They were matched in the semifinals by Czechoslovakia with the Czechs keeping Cruff and Van Hanegem in arm-length of another player as they defeated the Dutch in extra-time.[23] They would go and finish in third place after defeating the hosts (Yugoslavia) in extra-time.[24]

In 1978, the Netherlands again reached the final of a World Cup, only to be beaten by hosts Argentina. This side played without Johan Cruyff, Willem van Hanegem and Jan van Beveren, who refused to participate in the World Cup. Nonetheless, it still contained Johan Neeskens, Johnny Rep, Arie Haan, Ruud Krol, Wim Jansen, Jan Jongbloed, Wim Suurbier and Rob Rensenbrink from the 1974 selection. The Netherlands were less impressive in the group stages. They qualified as runners-up, after a draw with Peru and a loss to Scotland. However, in the second group phase, the Netherlands topped a group including Italy and West Germany, setting up a final with Argentina. The Dutch finished as runners-up for the second World Cup in a row as they ultimately lost 3–1 after two extra time goals from Argentina. Rensenbrink hit the Argentinian post in the last minute of normal time, with the score 1–1.

Failure before European champions

Euro '80 was the last tournament for which the Total Football team qualified, but they did not advance past the group stage,[25] despite the tournament format being expanded that year.

Veterans such as Krol and Rensenbrink retired soon afterwards and the Dutch team hit a low point in their history: they missed the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Euro 1984 in France, and the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. They missed out on qualifying for the Euro 1984 by virtual of goals scored when Spain scored twelve in the final game against Malta. Because of both teams having the same goal difference (+16), Spain qualified by scoring more than the Dutch.[26] Qualifying for the 1986 World Cup saw the Dutch finished in second place and advancing to the playoffs against neighbors Belgium. After losing the first leg 1–0 in Brussels, they held a 2–0 lead at Rotterdam with a few minutes remaining. But Georges Grun header in the 84th minute secured the Netherlands elimination as Belgium advanced to the World Cup by away goals.[27][28]

The 1988 trophy on display in Amsterdam
The 1988 trophy on display in Amsterdam

Rinus Michels returned, with his technical assistant Joris van Beek, to coach the team for Euro 1988 in West Germany. After losing the first group match against the Soviet Union (1–0), the Netherlands qualified for the semifinal by defeating England 3–1 (with a hat-trick by the tournament's top scorer Marco van Basten), and the Republic of Ireland (1–0). For many Dutch football supporters, the most important match in the tournament was the semifinal against West Germany, the host country, considered as revenge for the 1974 World Cup final (also in West Germany). Van Basten scored in the 89th minute to sink the German side.[29] The Netherlands won the final with a victory over the USSR through a header by Ruud Gullit and a volley by Van Basten. This was the national team's first major tournament win.[30]

Despite high expectations as the team entered the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the tournament was not a success, as strife within the squad and managerial instability (Thijs Libregts took over from Michels only to be fired shortly after the team qualified, and was replaced by Leo Beenhakker for the finals) ultimately tore the team apart. Van Basten failed to score, as he was in poor form and tightly marked by opposing defenders, while Gullit was ineffective having not fully recovered from injury. The Dutch managed to advance despite drawing all three group games, meeting their arch-rivals West Germany in the round of 16. The match is most remembered for the spitting-incident involving Frank Rijkaard and Rudi Völler as the Netherlands lost 2–1.

The team reached the semifinals in the Euro 1992 in Sweden, which was noted for the emergence of Dennis Bergkamp, but they were eliminated by eventual champions Denmark, with Van Basten's kick in the penalty shootout being saved by Peter Schmeichel.[31] This was to be Van Basten's last major tournament as he suffered a serious ankle injury shortly after, eventually conceding defeat and retiring at age 30 in 1995. It was also the last hurrah for Rinus Michels, who returned for one final spell in charge of the team before retiring for good after the tournament ended.

Dick Advocaat took over from Michels on the understanding that he himself would be replaced by Johan Cruyff the following year, although Advocaat actually stayed in charge for over two years. In the 1994 World Cup in the United States, in the absence of the injured Van Basten and the striking Gullit, Dennis Bergkamp led the team with three goals and the Netherlands advanced to the quarter-finals, where they lost 3–2 to eventual champions Brazil.

Golden Generations: 1996–2014

Netherlands at Euro 96 in a match against Scotland at the Villa Park stadium in Birmingham, England.
Netherlands at Euro 96 in a match against Scotland at the Villa Park stadium in Birmingham, England.

After finishing second in their Euro 1996 group, they played France in the quarter-finals. Both defenses wasn't giving anything away and with the score nil all, the match went to penalties. Clarence Seedorf shot in the fourth round being the difference as it was denied by French goalkeeper Bernard Lama as the Netherlands was eliminated.[32] After they qualified top of the qualifying group, they was drawn in Group E of the 1998 World Cup. With the Dutch team featuring Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Phillip Cocu, Edgar Davids, Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer and Kluivert, they went all to the way to the semifinals where they once again would lose on penalties. This time to Brazil as they fell behind early in the second half before an 87th minute goal from Patrick Kluivert gave the Dutch fans hope. But it wasn't to be as they lost 4-2 on penalties, before losing the third-place playoff to Croatia.[33][34] Soon afterwards, manager Guus Hiddink resigned to be replaced by Frank Rijkaard. The Netherlands co-hosted Euro 2000 with Belgium and won all three wins in the group stage and then defeated FR Yugoslavia 6–1 in the quarter-finals. In the semifinals, Italian goalkeeper Francesco Toldo made two penalty shootout saves to eliminate the Netherlands. The Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup after crucial losses to Portugal and the Republic of Ireland, prompting manager Louis van Gaal to resign.[35]

Netherlands at the 2006 World Cup
Netherlands at the 2006 World Cup

Dick Advocaat became the national coach for the Netherlands for the second time in January 2002,[36] with his first match being a 1–1 draw against England in Rotterdam.[37] The national team would finish second place in their qualifying group for the 2004 Euros with them having to play in the playoffs after losing to the Czech Republic[38] In the playoffs, they knocked off Scotland with a 6–0 win in the second leg to qualify for the 2004 tournament.[39]The tournament saw the Dutch making it to the semifinals where they would lose to the hosts in Portugal.[40] Heavy criticism though from handling of the national team would lead Advocaat to quit the national team.[41]

The Netherlands qualified for the 2006 World Cup under new manager Marco van Basten and were eliminated in the second round after losing 1–0 to Portugal, in a match which produced 16 yellow cards (which matched the World Cup record for most cautions in one game set in 2002) and set a new World Cup record of four red cards (two for either side)[42]; it was nicknamed "the Battle of Nuremberg" by the press.[43] Despite criticism surrounding his selection policy and the lack of attacking football from his team, Van Basten was offered a two-year extension to his contract by the KNVB, which would allow him to serve as national coach during Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.[44] The Netherlands qualified for Euro 2008, where they were drawn in the "Group of Death", together with France, Italy and Romania.[45] They began with a 3–0 win over world champions Italy in Bern, a first victory over the Italians since 1978. However, they then lost in the quarter-finals to Guus Hiddink's Russia 3–1, with Ruud van Nistelrooy scoring an 86th-minute equaliser to force extra time, where the Russians scored twice. Following the tournament, Van Basten resigned due to getting the role at Ajax.[46]

Netherlands – France at Euro 2008
Netherlands – France at Euro 2008
Netherlands – Denmark at the 2010 World Cup
Netherlands – Denmark at the 2010 World Cup

Under new coach Bert van Marwijk, the Dutch went on to secure a 100% record in their World Cup 2010 qualification campaign to qualify for the World Cup. After they comfortably qualified with maximum points in Group E[47] and Slovakia[48] in the round of 16, they took on Brazil in the quarter-finals. After trailing 1–0 at half-time, Wesley Sneijder scored two goals in the second half to advance to the semis where they defeated Uruguay 3–2.[49] This meant they advanced to their first World Cup final since 1978 where they would fall to Spain 1–0 after midfielder Andrés Iniesta scored in extra time.[50] From August to September 2011, the team was ranked number one in the FIFA World Rankings,[51] therefore becoming the second national football team, after Spain, to top the rankings without previously winning a World Cup.

For Euro 2012, the Netherlands were placed in Group B alongside with Germany, Portugal and Denmark, dubbed the tournament's "Group of Death."[52] The Netherlands lost all three of its matches. Johan Cruyff criticised the team's star players of poor build up play and sloppy execution of the easy passes,[53][54] while manager Bert van Marwijk resigned after the disappointment.[55]

Louis van Gaal became the manager for the second time. In the 2014 World Cup UEFA qualifying round, the Netherlands won nine games and drew one, topping the group and earning automatic qualification. They were drawn into Group B, alongside Spain, Chile and Australia. The team avenged their 2010 defeat by defeating title holders Spain 5–1 in their opening match, with Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben scoring two goals each, and Stefan de Vrij the other.[56]

The Dutch team leaves the field after losing to Argentina at the 2014 World Cup.
The Dutch team leaves the field after losing to Argentina at the 2014 World Cup.

After finishing top of Group B, the Dutch defeated Mexico 2–1 in the round of 16, with Wesley Sneijder equalising late in the match, and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scoring a controversial penalty after a foul on Arjen Robben in stoppage time.[57] In the quarter-finals, where they faced Costa Rica, the Dutch had many shots on goal but could not score, with the match finishing in a 0–0 draw after extra time. The Netherlands won the ensuing penalty shootout 4–3 in large part due to backup goalkeeper Tim Krul, who was brought on just before the end of extra time and made two saves, marking the first time in World Cup history a goalkeeper was brought onto the field solely to participate in a shootout.[58]

The semifinal against Argentina saw the Netherlands having a good chance to score from Arjen Robben while containing Lionel Messi as it remained scoreless after extra time. However, in penalty kicks, the Dutch were eliminated 4–2, with Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder having their spot kicks saved by Sergio Romero.[59] The Netherlands won the third-place match against hosts Brazil. Van Gaal, who successfully motivated the team after their semifinal elimination,[60] received praise for getting more out of the young and inexperienced Netherlands squad than many expected.[61][62]

Decline and recovery: 2014–

Van Gaal was followed up by Guus Hiddink for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. On 29 June 2015, Hiddink resigned and was succeeded by assistant Danny Blind. The Netherlands finished fourth in their group and thereby failed to qualify for the European Championship for the first time since 1984, and missing a major tournament for the first time since the 2002 World Cup.[63][64] The team's poor form continued into the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, eventually resulting in Blind being dismissed after a 2–0 defeat to Bulgaria in March 2017. After the return of Dick Advocaat as coach, the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, finishing third in Group A behind France and Sweden.[65]

In February 2018, Advocaat was replaced by Ronald Koeman, on a contract until the summer of 2022.[66] On 9 September 2018, the Dutch made their debut in the UEFA Nations League against World Cup champions France, a 2–1 loss. The following match day, they won 3–0 against rivals Germany. In their next Nations League fixture, they beat France 2–0 followed by a 2–2 draw against Germany securing them advancement to the Nations League finals.

Team image

Kits and crest

Dutch fans wearing the traditional orange colours at a 2006 World Cup match in Stuttgart
Dutch fans wearing the traditional orange colours at a 2006 World Cup match in Stuttgart

The Netherlands national football team famously plays in bright orange shirts. Orange is the historic national colour of the Netherlands, originating from one of the many titles of the ruling head of state, Prince of Orange, which is also the colour of the same name. The current Dutch away shirt is blue.

Nike is the kit provider to the national team, a sponsorship that began in 1996 and is contracted to continue until at least 2026.[67]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplier Period Notes
Germany Adidas 1970–1990
Italy Lotto 1991–1996 Lotto kits in UEFA Euro 1996
United States Nike 1996–present

Kit deals

Kit supplier Period Contract
announcement
Contract
duration
Value Notes
Italy Lotto 1990–1996 Valid until Euro 1996
United States Nike 1996–present
20 December 2013
Until 2026
Undisclosed[68]
Valid, at least, until 2026 FIFA World Cup

Rivalries

Netherlands' long-time football rival is Germany. The rivalry is one of the few long-standing football rivalries at a national level. Beginning in 1974, when the Dutch lost the 1974 World Cup to West Germany in the final (though deeply rooted in Dutch anti-German sentiment due to the occupation of the Netherlands by Germany during World War II), the rivalry between the two nations has become one of the best-known international football rivalries in the world.[69]

To a minor extent, the Netherlands maintains a rivalry with their other neighbours, Belgium; a Belgian-Dutch (football) duel is referred to as a Low Countries derby. More recently, the Netherlands have also developed a rivalry with Spain.[70] This recent rivalry began in 2010, when Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0 after extra time in the final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Four years later, the Netherlands routed Spain 5-1 in a rematch in the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, contributing to Spain's early exit from the tournament.[56]

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head Coach Netherlands Ronald Koeman
Assistant Coach Netherlands Dwight Lodeweges
Assistant Coach Netherlands Kees van Wonderen
Goalkeeping Coach Netherlands Patrick Lodewijks
Fitness Coach Netherlands Jan Kluitenberg
Physician Netherlands Gert-Jan Goudswaard

Players

Current squad

The following players were called for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Belarus and Germany on 21 and 24 March 2019 respectively.[71]
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2018, after the match against Germany.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Jasper Cillessen (1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 (age 29) 46 0 Spain Barcelona
1GK Jeroen Zoet (1991-01-06) 6 January 1991 (age 28) 11 0 Netherlands PSV
1GK Marco Bizot (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 28) 0 0 Netherlands AZ

2DF Daley Blind (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 29) 60 2 Netherlands Ajax
2DF Stefan de Vrij (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 27) 37 3 Italy Internazionale
2DF Virgil van Dijk (Captain) (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 (age 27) 24 3 England Liverpool
2DF Matthijs de Ligt (1999-08-12) 12 August 1999 (age 19) 13 0 Netherlands Ajax
2DF Kenny Tete (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 23) 12 0 France Lyon
2DF Nathan Aké (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 24) 10 1 England Bournemouth
2DF Patrick van Aanholt (1990-08-29) 29 August 1990 (age 28) 9 0 England Crystal Palace
2DF Denzel Dumfries (1996-04-18) 18 April 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Netherlands PSV

3MF Georginio Wijnaldum (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 28) 53 10 England Liverpool
3MF Kevin Strootman (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 29) 43 3 France Marseille
3MF Tonny Vilhena (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 24) 15 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
3MF Davy Pröpper (1991-09-02) 2 September 1991 (age 27) 13 3 England Brighton & Hove Albion
3MF Marten de Roon (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 27) 8 0 Italy Atalanta
3MF Frenkie de Jong (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 21) 5 0 Netherlands Ajax
3MF Donny van de Beek (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 21) 5 0 Netherlands Ajax
3MF Pablo Rosario (1997-01-07) 7 January 1997 (age 22) 1 0 Netherlands PSV

4FW Ryan Babel (1986-12-19) 19 December 1986 (age 32) 54 8 England Fulham
4FW Memphis Depay (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 25) 44 13 France Lyon
4FW Quincy Promes (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 27) 34 6 Spain Sevilla
4FW Luuk de Jong (1990-08-27) 27 August 1990 (age 28) 15 4 Netherlands PSV
4FW Steven Berghuis (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 27) 14 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
4FW Steven Bergwijn (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 21) 3 0 Netherlands PSV

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sergio Padt (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Netherlands Groningen v.  France, 9 September 2018

DF Hans Hateboer (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 25) 3 0 Italy Atalanta v.  Belgium, 16 October 2018
DF Daryl Janmaat (1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 29) 34 0 England Watford v.  France, 9 September 2018
DF Terence Kongolo (1994-02-14) 14 February 1994 (age 25) 4 0 England Huddersfield Town v.  Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE
DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 21) 3 0 England Fulham v.  Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE
DF Jeffrey Bruma (1991-11-13) 13 November 1991 (age 27) 25 1 Germany Schalke 04 v.  England, 23 March 2018 PRE
DF Karim Rekik (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 24) 4 0 Germany Hertha BSC v.  England, 23 March 2018 PRE

MF Ruud Vormer (1988-05-11) 11 May 1988 (age 30) 4 0 Belgium Club Brugge v.  France, 9 September 2018
MF Guus Til (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands AZ v.  Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE

FW Javairô Dilrosun (1998-06-22) 22 June 1998 (age 20) 1 0 Germany Hertha BSC v.  Germany, 19 November 2018
FW Arnaut Groeneveld (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 22) 2 1 Belgium Club Brugge v.  Belgium, 16 October 2018
FW Justin Kluivert (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 19) 2 0 Italy Roma v.  France, 9 September 2018
FW Eljero Elia (1987-02-13) 13 February 1987 (age 32) 30 2 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir v.  Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE
FW Wout Weghorst (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 26) 3 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg v.  Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player had announced retirement from national team.
SUS Player is serving suspension.

Previous squads

Results and fixtures

For all past match results of the national team, see the team's results page.

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the past or in the upcoming 12 months. The time in the Netherlands is shown first. If the local time is different, it will be displayed below.

2018

2019

Records

Most capped players

Wesley Sneijder is the most capped player in the history of Netherlands with 134 caps.
Wesley Sneijder is the most capped player in the history of Netherlands with 134 caps.
  Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
# Player National career Matches Goals Minutes Total career
1. Wesley Sneijder 2003–2018 134 31 9,811 2002–0000
2. Edwin van der Sar 1995–2008 130 0 11,463 1990–2011
3. Frank de Boer 1990–2004 112 13 9,271 1988–2005
4. Rafael van der Vaart 2001–2013 109 25 6,938 2000–2018
5. Giovanni van Bronckhorst 1996–2010 106 6 8,215 1993–2010
6. Dirk Kuyt 2004–2014 104 24 6,875 1998–2017
7. Robin van Persie 2005–0000 102 50 7,317 2001–0000
8. Phillip Cocu 1996–2006 101 10 8,001 1988–2006
9. Arjen Robben 2003–2017 96 37 7,394 2000–0000
10. John Heitinga 2004–2013 87 7 7,031 2001–2016

Last updated: 6 September 2018
Source: voetbalstats.nl (in Dutch)

Top goalscorers

Striker Robin van Persie is the top scorer in the history of Netherlands with 50 goals.
Striker Robin van Persie is the top scorer in the history of Netherlands with 50 goals.
  Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
# Player National career Goals Matches Average Minutes Total career
1. Robin van Persie 2005–0000 50 102 0.49 7,317 2001–0000
2. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 2006–0000 42 76 0.55 4,339 2002–0000
3. Patrick Kluivert 1994–2004 40 79 0.51 5,816 1994–2008
4. Dennis Bergkamp 1990–2000 37 79 0.47 6,339 1986–2006
4. Arjen Robben 2003–2017 37 96 0.39 7,394 2000–0000
6. Faas Wilkes 1946–1961 35 38 0.92 3,450 1940–1964
6. Ruud van Nistelrooy 1998–2011 35 70 0.50 4,543 1993–2012
8. Abe Lenstra 1940–1959 33 47 0.70 4,260 1935–1963
8. Johan Cruyff 1966–1977 33 48 0.69 4,282 1964–1984
10. Wesley Sneijder 2003–2018 31 134 0.23 9,811 2002–0000

Last updated: 6 September 2018
Source: voetbalstats.nl (in Dutch)

Competitive record

Overview
Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
World Cup 0 3 1 1
European Championship 1 0 4 0
Olympic Games 0 0 3 1
Nations League 0 0 0 0

FIFA World Cup record

The Netherlands first two tournament appearances at the 1934 and the 1938 editions saw the Netherlands lose their first round matches to Switzerland (1934) and Czechoslovakia (1938).[72] [73]

After not qualifying for the next six World Cups, they qualified for the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany where with the use of "Total Football" tactics, they recorded their first win in World Cup competition against Uruguay before qualifying through to the second round where a win on the final match day secured the Netherlands a spot in the final where they would end up losing to West Germany 2-1 with Gerd Müller scoring the winning goal for the Germans.[22]

The 1978 FIFA World Cup saw the Netherlands once again making the final with the team finishing second in the group behind Peru. After finishing top of the all-European group in the second round, they met Argentina in the final. The final saw Argentina protest about René van de Kerkhof forearm plaster cast. After that protest, the game would evidently go to extra time where it was Argentina that would win 3-1 after scoring two goals in extra time.[74]

The 1990 edition saw the Netherlands not win a single game throughout the tournament as they only scored two goals in the group stage. After finishing with identical records with the Republic of Ireland, they were split by drawing of lots with the Dutch having to take on West Germany where they would lose 2-1 in Milan.[75][76] 1994 saw the Netherlands getting knocked out in the quarter final stage as they lost to eventual champions in Brazil with Branco brutal free-kick sending them out.[77] After qualifying from their group with five points, the Dutch would make the semi finals of the 1998 edition where they would once again lose to the Brazilians. This time it was by penalties where Phillip Cocu and Ronald de Boer shots missing the goal to give Brazil a spot in the final. They would go on to finish in fourth place after losing to Croatia in the third-place playoff.[78]

In 2006, the Netherlands made it to the round of 16 where in the "Battle of Nuremberg" they would end up losing by a single goal to Portugal in which seven yellow cards was given to the Dutch.[43] The following edition saw the team qualify to the knockout stage by finishing top of Group E. After defeating Slovakia 2-1 in the round of 16, they came back from an early goal of Robinho to defeat Brazil 2–1 in the quarter-finals as Wesley Sneijder scored a double.[48][49] In the semifinal, they defeated Uruguay in what would be a tough game for the Dutch as they made their first World Cup final since 1978.[79] In the final, they took on Spain. During normal time, the Dutch had plenty of chances to win the game with the closest being in the 62nd minute with Sneijder going wide. The winning goal coming off a play in the 116th minute after the Netherlands went down to ten men.[80][50]

Netherlands's FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934 Round of 16 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3 Squad 2 2 0 0 9 4
France 1938 Round of 16 14th 1 0 0 1 0 3 Squad 2 1 1 0 5 1
Brazil 1950 Did not enter Declined participation
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 12 7
Chile 1962 3 0 2 1 4 7
England 1966 6 2 2 2 6 4
Mexico 1970 6 3 1 2 9 5
West Germany 1974 Runners-Up 2nd 7 5 1 1 15 3 Squad 6 4 2 0 24 2
Argentina 1978 Runners-Up 2nd 7 3 2 2 15 10 Squad 6 5 1 0 11 3
Spain 1982 Did not qualify 8 4 1 3 11 7
Mexico 1986 8 4 1 3 13 7
Italy 1990 Round of 16 15th 4 0 3 1 3 4 Squad 6 4 2 0 8 2
United States 1994 Quarter-finals 7th 5 3 0 2 8 6 Squad 10 6 3 1 29 9
France 1998 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 3 1 13 7 Squad 8 6 1 1 26 4
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 10 6 2 2 30 9
Germany 2006 Round of 16 11th 4 2 1 1 3 2 Squad 12 10 2 0 27 3
South Africa 2010 Runners-Up 2nd 7 6 0 1 12 6 Squad 8 8 0 0 17 2
Brazil 2014 Third Place 3rd 7 5 2 0 15 4 Squad 10 9 1 0 34 5
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 10 6 1 3 21 12
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total Runners-Up 10/21 50 27 12 11 86 48 123 80 24 19 291 92
     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place
* Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Summer Olympics

Host nation(s) / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
United Kingdom 1908 Third Place 2 1 0 1 2 4
Sweden 1912 Third Place 4 3 0 1 17 8
Belgium 1920 Third Place 4 2 0 2 9 10
France 1924 Fourth Place 5 2 1 2 11 7
Netherlands 1928 Round 1 1 0 0 1 0 2
United Kingdom 1948 Round 1 2 1 0 1 6 5
Finland 1952 Preliminary Round 1 0 0 1 1 5
Total 7/10 23 9 1 9 46 41

UEFA European Championship

Netherlands's UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
Year Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter Did not enter
Spain 1964 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 6 5
Italy 1968 6 2 1 3 11 11
Belgium 1972 6 3 1 2 18 6
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Third Place 3rd 2 1 0 1 4 5 8 6 0 2 21 9
Italy 1980 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4 8 6 1 1 20 6
France 1984 Did not qualify 8 6 1 1 22 6
West Germany 1988 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 8 3 8 6 2 0 15 1
Sweden 1992 Semi-finals 3rd 4 2 2 0 6 3 8 6 1 1 17 2
England 1996 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 3 4 11 7 2 2 25 5
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Semi-finals 3rd 5 4 1 0 13 3 Qualified as hosts
Portugal 2004 Semi-finals 3rd 5 1 2 2 7 6 10 7 1 2 21 12
Austria Switzerland 2008 Quarter-finals 6th 4 3 0 1 10 4 12 8 2 2 15 5
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 2 5 10 9 0 1 37 8
France 2016 Did not qualify 10 4 1 5 17 14
Europe 2020 Future event Future event
Germany 2024
Total 1 Title 9/15 35 17 8 10 57 37 109 71 15 23 250 85


UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Year** Division Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA
Portugal 2018–19 A Semifinals Top 4 4 2 1 1 8 4
Total 1/1 4 2 1 1 8 4
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Group stage played home and away. Flag shown represents host nation for the finals stage.

Honours

This is a list of honours for the senior Dutch national team
The bronze medalists of the 1912 Summer Olympics
The bronze medalists of the 1912 Summer Olympics

Other Tournaments

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Note that this match is not considered to be a full international by the English Football Association, and does not appear in the records of the England team, because professional football had already been introduced in England at that time. In the Netherlands however, professional football would only be introduced in 1954, and before that time, players who left the Netherlands to turn pro in another country were banned from the national team.

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Achievements
Preceded by
1984 France 
European Champions
1988 (First title)
Succeeded by
1992 Denmark 
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