Netherlands national football team
The Flying Dutchmen2
|Association||Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (KNVB)|
|Head coach||Louis van Gaal3|
|Asst coach||Danny Blind
|Captain||Robin van Persie|
|Most caps||Edwin van der Sar (130)|
|Top scorer||Robin van Persie (41)|
|Home stadium||Amsterdam Arena (52,500)
De Kuip (51,137)
|Highest FIFA ranking||14 (August 2011 – September 2011)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||25 (May 1998)|
|Highest Elo ranking||1 (Mar 1911 – Mar 1912, Jun 1912, Aug 1920; Jun 1978, Jun 1988 – Jun 1990, Jun–Sep 1992, Jun 2002, Jun–Sep 2003, Oct 2005, Jun 2008, Jul 2010.)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||56 (October 1954)|
| Belgium 1–4 Netherlands
(Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905)
| Netherlands 11–0 San Marino
(Eindhoven, Netherlands; 2 September 2011)
| England Am. 12–2 Netherlands
(Darlington, England; 21 December 1907)5
|Appearances||9 (First in 1934)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1974, 1978 and 2010|
|Appearances||9 (First in 1976)|
|Best result||Winners, 1988|
The Netherlands national football team (Dutch: Nederlands nationaal voetbalelftal) represents the Netherlands in international association 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, although incorrectly, referred to as Holland.6 The Dutch hold the record for playing the most World Cup finals without ever winning the final. They finished second in the 1974, 1978 and 2010 World Cups, losing to West Germany, Argentina and Spain respectively. They won the UEFA European Championship in 1988. At the peak of their success in the 1970s, the team was famous for its mastery of Total Football.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 Players
- 5 Current squad
- 6 Results and fixtures
- 7 Records
- 8 Competitive record
- 9 Honours
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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 game went into extra time, in which Eddy de Neve scored three times, making the score 4–1 for the Dutch side.7
The 1970s saw the invention of Total Football (Dutch: Totaalvoetbal), pioneered by Feyenoord and Ajax and led by playmaker Johan Cruyff and national team coach Rinus Michels. The Dutch made huge 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."8
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 any German had even touched the ball. However, supported by the crowd, a converted penalty by Paul Breitner and the winner from Gerd Müller led to a victory for the Germans.
By comparison, Euro '76 was a disappointment. The Netherlands lost in the semi-finals to Czechoslovakia, as much because of fighting within the squad and the coach George Knobel, as well as the skill of the eventual winners.
In 1978, the Netherlands again reached the final of a World Cup, only to be beaten by the host, this time Argentina. This side played without Johan Cruijff, Willem van Hanegem, and Jan van Beveren, who refused to participate in the World Cup. 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. In the second group phase, however, the Netherlands topped a group including Italy and West Germany, setting up a final with Argentina. However, 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. Unfortunately for the Dutch, Rensenbrink hit the Argentinian post in the last minute of normal time, with the score 1–1.
Euro '80 was the last tournament for which the Total Football team qualified, but they did not advance past the group stage, despite the tournament format being expanded that year. Veterans such as Krol and Rensenbrink retired soon afterwards and the Netherlands missed the 1982 World Cup, Euro '84, and the 1986 World Cup in succession. Qualification for Euro 1984 was within reach, but the Dutch ended the campaign on the same number of points as rivals Spain, and the same goal difference (+16). Spain advanced having scored two more goals. The failure to reach the 1986 World Cup was also very close. In a play off with neighbours Belgium, the Netherlands lost 1–0 in Brussels, but were leading 2–0 in the home leg in Rotterdam with a few minutes remaining. Belgium scored to end the tie 2–1, and overall play off 2–2. Belgium advanced on the away goal rule.
Rinus Michels returned to coach the team for the Euro '88 tournament. After losing the first group match against the Soviet Union (1–0), the Netherlands qualified for the semi-final by defeating England 3–1 (with a hat-trick by the tournament's top scorer Marco van Basten), and Republic of Ireland (1–0). For many Dutch football supporters, the most important match in the tournament was the semi-final against West Germany, the host country, considered a revenge for the lost 1974 World Cup final (also in West Germany). Marco van Basten scored in the 89th minute to sink the German side.9 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, and it restored them to the forefront of international football for the next three years after almost a decade in the wilderness.
Despite high expectations as the team entered the 1990 World Cup, the tournament was not a success. Van Basten failed to score, as he was frequently 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 semi-finals in the Euro '92, 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. 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 the age of 30 in 1995.
In the 1994 World Cup, 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.
At Euro '96, after drawing 0–0 with Scotland and beating Switzerland 2–0, they faced the hosts England in the pool A decider, with both teams on 4 points. After 62 minutes, with Scotland beating Switzerland 1–0, the Netherlands were 4–0 down and looked like finishing third behind Scotland on goal difference and going out of the tournament, but Patrick Kluivert converted a Dennis Bergkamp assist and scored in the 78th minute to see the Dutch finish second on goals scored. They then played France in the quarter-finals, drawing 0–0 and being eliminated 5–4 on penalties.
In the 1998 World Cup, Netherlands, whose team included Marc Overmars, Phillip Cocu, Edgar Davids, Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer, and Patrick Kluivert, met Argentina in the quarter-final, a rematch of the 1978 final.10 The Netherlands won 2–1 after a Bergkamp goal in the 89th minute. Bergkamp's goal was famous because of its qualitycitation needed — he touched down a 60-yard (55 m) pass from Frank de Boer then reverse-flicked it inside Roberto Ayala and finally volleyed it past the Argentine goalkeeper. In the semi-final, the Netherlands took Brazil to a penalty shootout after a late Kluivert goal tied the match 1–1, but Brazil won the shootout 4–2 and advanced to the final. Netherlands lost the third place match 2–1 to Croatia. Soon after the World Cup exit manager Guus Hiddink resigned after two tournaments in charge, and was replaced by legendary ex-midfielder Frank Rijkaard.
Netherlands co-hosted Euro 2000 with Belgium and were one of the favourites coming into the tournament.citation needed Getting all three wins in the group stage, including a win over France, they then defeated Yugoslavia 6–1 in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, their opponents, Italy, went down to ten men in the first half. Italian goalkeeper Francesco Toldo made two saves in the shootout to eliminate the Netherlands. Dennis Bergkamp retired from the national team after Euro 2000 (partly due to his fear of flying effectively ruling him out from the 2002 World Cup which was to be held in East Asia.) Coach Frank Rijkaard was widely criticized by the press after the defeat to the Italians as the Dutch had squandered several chances to kill the game. Rijkaard resigned, with Louis van Gaal taking over. Van Gaal is credited with initially bringing through the backbone of this Dutch side whilst manager of Ajax during the mid nineties,citation needed including Edwin van der Sar, Edgar Davids, Michael Reiziger, Clarence Seedorf, Marc Overmars, Patrick Kluivert and the De Boer twins.
Surprisingly the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, with crucial losses to Portugal and the Republic of Ireland, the latter of which eliminated them from the Finals tournament. Van Gaal resigned at the conclusion of the Netherlands' unsuccessful campaign.
Dick Advocaat returned to coach the Netherlands for a second time and led the team to the semifinals of Euro 2004 but lost to Portugal and, after receiving criticism for his tactics and player changes, stepped down. This was to be the end for many of the team's World Cup veterans (mostly made up of the Ajax generation of 1995.) Frank and Ronald de Boer, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Marc Overmars, Jaap Stam, and Patrick Kluivert had either retired or were not selected for the upcoming World Cup by new coach Marco van Basten.
The Netherlands qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and finished second in Group C after beating Serbia & Montenegro (1–0) and the Côte d'Ivoire (2–1) and drawing Argentina (0–0). Both Argentina and the Netherlands finished the group stage with seven points, but the Argentinians had a superior goal difference and finished first as a result. The Dutch were eliminated in the second round after losing 1–0 to Portugal, in a match that 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) and was nicknamed "the Battle of Nuremberg" by the press.11 Despite criticism surrounding his selection policy and the lack of attacking football from his team, Marco van Basten was offered a two-year extension to his contract by the Dutch FA, which would allow him to serve as national coach during Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. The move was widely regarded as a vote of confidence in van Basten and his assistants by the KNVB officials.12
The Dutch team was a participant in Euro 2008 the "Group of Death", together with France, Italy, and Romania. They began Euro 2008 with a 3–0 win over World Cup Champion Italy in Bern on 9 June 2008. This was the Netherlands' first victory over Italy since 1978. In their second group match against France on 13 June 2008, the Netherlands won convincingly with a 4–1 score. The Dutch closed out an incredible group stage campaign with a 2–0 win over Romania. However, they lost in the quarter-final to former coach Guus Hiddink's Russia by 3–1, despite a late 86th minute equalizer by Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Under new coach Bert van Marwijk, the Dutch team went on to secure a 100 percent record in their World Cup 2010 qualification campaign, and qualifying for the World Cup. The World Cup Draw saw the Dutch being placed alongside Denmark, Cameroon and Japan in Group E. The Dutch won 2–0 against Denmark in their opener at the World Cup. They then beat Japan 1–0. They qualified for the Round of 16. In the first knockout round they faced Slovakia. At the end it was 2–1 victory. They advanced to the semifinals with a 2–1 victory over the favoured Brazilians. Brazil, who had held a 1–0 lead at the half, was the favourite to win the cup, had never lost in 37 World Cup matches (35–0–2) in which they had held a halftime lead.citation needed In the semi-final the Dutch beat Uruguay 3–2 to advance to their first World Cup final since 1978. The Dutch lost to Spain 1–0 after midfielder Andres Iniesta scored in extra time. This final also became Giovanni van Bronckhorst's last match in professional football.
From August to September 2011, the team was ranked number 1 in the FIFA World Rankings, thus becoming the second national football team, after Spain, to top the rankings without previously winning a World Cup. (Spain won the World Cup in 2010.)
Netherlands was placed in Group B along with Germany, Portugal, and Denmark, thus making it the group of death. The Netherlands lost to Denmark 0-1, lost to German 1-2, and finally lost to Portugal 1-2 and exited the competition. Johan Cruyff criticized the team's star players of poor build up play and sloppy execution of the easy passes.1314
In the 2014 World Cup UEFA qualifying round, the Netherlands won nine games and drew one, topping the group and earning automatic qualification.
The Netherlands national football team famously plays in bright orange shirts. Orange is the historic national colour of the Netherlands, originating from the coat of arms of the Dutch founding father William of Orange-Nassau. The top red band of the current flag was originally orange. The current Dutch away shirt is white, with a red patch surrounding the badge and continuing to the top of the left shoulder, and a blue patch at the right bottom of the kit.
Netherlands' long-time football rivals are 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 FIFA 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.15
|Manager||Louis van Gaal|
|Assistant Manager||Danny Blind|
|Assistant Manager||Patrick Kluivert|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Frans Hoek|
|Fitness Coach||Rene Wormhoudt|
|Team Manager||Hans Jorritsma|
|Head Scout||Ronald Spelbos|
|Other Staff||Rob Koster|
|Carlo De Leeuw|
|U-21 Manager||Albert Stuivenberg|
|U-19 Manager||Wim van Zwam|
|U-17 Manager||Maarten Stekelenburg|
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The following players were called up to the squad for the match vs. France.
Caps and goals updated as March 5, 2014 after the match against France.
The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.
Notes INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
- For all past match results of the national team, see the team's results page
|Friendly 6 February||Netherlands||1–1||Italy||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Lens 33'||Report||Verratti 90+1'||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Cüneyt Çakιr
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q 22 March||Netherlands||3–0||Estonia||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Van Der Vaart 47'
Van Persie 72'
|Report||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Vitaly Meshkov
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q 26 March||Netherlands||4–0||Romania||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Van Der Vaart 12'
Van Persie 56', 65' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Mark Klattenburg
|Friendly 7 June||Indonesia||0–3||Netherlands||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Report||S. De Jong 57', 67'
|Stadium: Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
Referee: Nagor Amir bin Noor Mohamed
|Friendly 11 June||China PR||0–2||Netherlands||Beijing, China|
|Report||Van Persie 11' (pen.)
|Stadium: Workers Stadium
Referee: Chris Beath
|Friendly 14 August||Portugal||1–1||Netherlands||Faro, Portugal|
|Ronaldo 87'||Report||Strootman 17'||Stadium: Estádio Algarve
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q 6 September||Estonia||2–2||Netherlands||Tallinn, Estonia|
|Vassiljev 18' 56'||Report||Robben 2'
Van Persie 90+4' (pen.)
|Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q 10 September||Andorra||0–2||Netherlands||Andorra la Vella, Andorra|
|20:30 UTC+2||Report||Van Persie 49', 53'||Stadium: Estadi Comunal
Referee: Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović Jr. (Croatia)
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q 11 October||Netherlands||8–1||Hungary||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:30 UTC+2||Van Persie 16', 44', 53'
N. de Jong 64'
Devecseri 65' (o.g.)
Van der Vaart 86'
|Report||Dzsudzsák 47' (pen.)
|Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
|2014 FIFA World Cup Q 15 October||Turkey||0–2||Netherlands||Istanbul, Turkey|
|Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (Portugal)
|Friendly 16 November||Japan||2–2||Netherlands||Genk, Belgium|
|13:15 UTC+1||Ōsako 44'
|Report||Van der Vaart 12'
|Stadium: Cristal Arena
Referee: Serge Gumienny (Belgium)
|Friendly 19 November||Netherlands||0–0||Colombia||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|13:15 UTC+1||Report||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
|Friendly 5 March||France||2–0||Netherlands||Paris, France|
|Report||Stadium: Stade de France
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
|Friendly 17 May||Netherlands||v||Ecuador||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
|Friendly 31 May||Netherlands||v||Ghana||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Stadium: De Kuip
|Friendly 4 June||Netherlands||v||Wales||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
|2014 FIFA World Cup 13 June||Spain||v||Netherlands||Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador|
|2014 FIFA World Cup 18 June||Australia||v||Netherlands||Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre|
|2014 FIFA World Cup 23 June||Netherlands||v||Chile||Arena de São Paulo, São Paulo|
|1930||Did Not Enter|
|1950||Did Not Enter|
|1958||Did Not Qualify|
|1982||Did Not Qualify|
|1990||Round of 16||15th||4||0||3||1||3||4|
|2002||Did Not Qualify|
|2006||Round of 16||11th||4||2||1||1||3||2|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
|1960||Did Not Enter|
|1964||Did Not Qualify|
|1984||Did Not Qualify|
|| 2000||Semi Final||3rd||5||4||1||0||13||3|
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- "Holland Football Facts". Holland.com. 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
- "Holland’s media-friendly football pros". Radio Netherlands Worldwide. 2011-12-17. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
- "Van Gaal bondscoach, Oranje, Blind assistent" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
- The Netherlands reached the top spot in the FIFA ranking on August 10, 2011. FIFA will publish the ranking on August 24.
- 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
- "Netherlands vs. Holland".
- "Netherlands: Full "A" internationals (1905–1910)". International Federation of Football History & Statistics. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
- "Tactics: Were Holland 1974 the last true innovators?". Football Further. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
- "Cheeseheads vs Krauts": 30 Years of Enmity, Ajax-USA.com, June 14, 2004
- Phil Jones (1998-07-04). "The Netherlands pay back controversial loss to Argentina". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
- Stuart Watt (2006-06-26). "Portugal wins battle of Nuremberg". www.abc.net.au. Retrieved 2007-08-22.
- "Van Basten on right track". Football.co.uk. 27 June 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2012.
- Cruyff: Star players didn't deliver for Netherlands, 2012-06-19.
- Johan Cruyff kritisiert Oranje-Team, der Standard, 2012-06-19
- "10 best rivalries in international football"
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1988 (First title)
1992 – Denmark
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