Netherlands national football team
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 Flying Dutchmen
|Association||Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (KNVB)|
|Head coach||Dick Advocaat|
|Most caps||Wesley Sneijder (131)|
|Top scorer||Robin van Persie (50)|
|Home stadium||Amsterdam Arena (54,033)
Philips Stadion (35,000)
De Kuip (51,117)
|Current||36 4 (10 August 2017)|
|Highest||1 (August–September 2011)|
|Lowest||36  (August 2017)|
|Current||18 (30 April 2017)|
|Highest||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, June 2014.)|
|Lowest||56 (October 1954)|
| Belgium 1–4 Netherlands
(Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905)
| Netherlands 11–0 San Marino
(Eindhoven, Netherlands; 2 September 2011)
| England Amateurs 12–2 Netherlands
(Darlington, England; 21 December 1907)[a]
|Appearances||10 (first in 1934)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1974, 1978, and 2010|
|Appearances||9 (first in 1976)|
|Best result||Champions, 1988|
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 incorrectly (also colloquially) referred to as Holland.
The Dutch hold the record for playing the most FIFA World Cup finals without ever winning the tournament. They finished second in the 1974, 1978 and 2010 World Cups, losing to West Germany, Argentina and Spain respectively. However, they did win the UEFA European Championship in 1988.
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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.
Total Football in the 1970sEdit
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."
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.
By comparison, Euro '76 was a disappointment. The Netherlands lost in the semi-finals to Czechoslovakia, as much because of infighting 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 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. 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. Rensenbrink hit the Argentinian post in the last minute of normal time, with the score 1–1.
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. 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 goals rule.
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 semi-final 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 semi-final against West Germany, the host country, considered a revenge for the lost 1974 World Cup final (also in West Germany). Van Basten scored in the 89th minute to sink the German side. 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 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 semi-finals 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. 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.
Contrasting fortunes: 1996–Edit
At Euro 1996, after drawing with Scotland and beating Switzerland, the Dutch faced the hosts England in the Group A decider, and lost 4–1, with Patrick Kluivert's late consolation enough to finish second on goals scored. They then played France in the quarter-finals and lost on penalties.
In the 1998 World Cup, a Dutch team including Marc Overmars, Phillip Cocu, Edgar Davids, Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer and Kluivert met Argentina in the quarter-final and won 2–1, before losing on penalties to Brazil and in the third-place play-off to Croatia. 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 semi-finals, 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.
Dick Advocaat returned to coach the Netherlands for a second time. In his first match, a 1–0 win over Spain on 27 March,[when?] the Netherlands won the Unofficial Football World Championships (UFWC). In addition, on 21 August, the Netherlands won Nasazzi's Baton, defeating Norway 1–0, unifying for the first time the two trophies.   He led the team to the semi-finals of Euro 2004, where they lost to hosts Portugal.
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); it was nicknamed "the Battle of Nuremberg" by the press. 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. The Netherlands qualified for Euro 2008, where they were drawn in the "Group of Death", together with France, Italy and Romania. 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 to become manager of Ajax.
Under new coach Bert van Marwijk, the Dutch went on to secure a 100% record in their World Cup 2010 qualification campaign to qualifying for the World Cup. In the quarter-finals against Brazil, the Brazilians held a 1–0 lead at half-time, having never lost in 37 World Cup matches (35–0–2) in which they had held a half-time lead. However, the Dutch scored twice to advance. In the semi-final, the Dutch beat Uruguay 3–2 to advance to their first World Cup final since 1978, where they would fall to Spain 1–0 after midfielder Andrés Iniesta scored in extra time. From August to September 2011, the team was ranked number one in the FIFA World Rankings, 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." 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, while manager Bert van Marwijk resigned after the disappointment.
Louis van Gaal then became 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. After the Dutch fell behind 1–0 from conceding a penalty, Van Persie equalized just before half time with an acrobatic diving header that gave him the nickname "The Flying Dutchman".
The Netherlands 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. 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. In the semi-final against Argentina, the Netherlands had a good chance to score from Arjen Robben while managing to contain Lionel Messi, and both teams finished 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. The Netherlands won the third-place match against hosts Brazil. Van Gaal, who successfully motivated the team after their semi-final knockout, received praise for getting more out of the young and inexperienced Netherlands squad than many expected. He left to become manager of Manchester United.
Van Gaal was succeeded by Guus Hiddink for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. On 29 June 2015, Hiddink resigned and was succeeded by assistant Danny Blind. The Netherlands came fourth in their group, failing to qualify for the European Championship for the first time since 1984 and a major tournament for the first time since the 2002 World Cup. 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Assistant Manager||Ruud Gullit|
|Assistant Manager||Fred Grim|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Frans Hoek|
|Fitness Coach||Rene Wormhoudt|
|Team Manager||Hans Jorritsma|
Caps and goals updated as of 9 June 2017 after the match against Luxembourg.
|#||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Maarten Stekelenburg||22 September 1982||58||0||Everton|
|GK||Jasper Cillessen||22 April 1989||32||0||Barcelona|
|GK||Jeroen Zoet||6 January 1991||9||0||PSV|
|DF||Daley Blind||9 March 1990||46||2||Manchester United|
|DF||Bruno Martins Indi||8 February 1992||34||2||Stoke City|
|DF||Stefan de Vrij||5 February 1992||31||3||Lazio|
|DF||Joël Veltman||15 January 1992||17||2||Ajax|
|DF||Kenny Tete||9 October 1995||6||0||Lyon|
|DF||Wesley Hoedt||6 March 1994||4||0||Lazio|
|DF||Matthijs de Ligt||12 August 1999||2||0||Ajax|
|DF||Nathan Aké||18 February 1995||2||0||AFC Bournemouth|
|DF||Karim Rekik||2 December 1994||1||0||Hertha BSC|
|MF||Wesley Sneijder||9 June 1984||131||31||Nice|
|MF||Georginio Wijnaldum||11 November 1990||40||8||Liverpool|
|MF||Kevin Strootman||13 February 1990||36||3||Roma|
|MF||Davy Klaassen||21 February 1993||14||4||Everton|
|MF||Marco van Ginkel||1 December 1992||6||0||PSV|
|MF||Davy Pröpper||2 September 1991||5||0||Brighton & Hove Albion|
|MF||Tonny Vilhena||3 January 1995||4||0||Feyenoord|
|MF||Jens Toornstra||4 April 1989||4||0||Feyenoord|
|MF||Donny van de Beek||18 April 1997||0||0||Ajax|
|FW||Robin van Persie||6 August 1983||101||50||Fenerbahçe|
|FW||Arjen Robben||23 January 1984||92||33||Bayern Munich|
|FW||Ryan Babel||19 December 1986||43||5||Beşiktaş|
|FW||Jeremain Lens||24 November 1987||34||8||Beşiktaş|
|FW||Memphis Depay||13 February 1994||31||5||Lyon|
|FW||Eljero Elia||13 February 1987||28||2||İstanbul Başakşehir|
|FW||Quincy Promes||4 January 1992||21||4||Spartak Moscow|
|FW||Bas Dost||31 May 1989||15||1||Sporting CP|
|FW||Vincent Janssen||15 June 1994||13||7||Tottenham Hotspur|
|FW||Steven Berghuis||19 December 1991||9||0||Feyenoord|
|FW||Jürgen Locadia||7 November 1993||0||0||PSV|
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||6 June 1990||0||0||Groningen||v. Luxembourg, 9 June 2017|
|DF||Nick Viergever||3 August 1989||3||0||Ajax||v. Ivory Coast, 4 June 2017|
|DF||Daryl Janmaat||22 July 1989||28||0||Watford||v. Morocco, 31 May 2017 INJ|
|DF||Rick Karsdorp||11 February 1995||3||0||Roma||v. Italy, 28 March 2017|
|DF||Jeffrey Bruma||13 November 1991||25||1||VfL Wolfsburg||v. Luxembourg, 13 November 2016 INJ|
|DF||Virgil van Dijk||8 July 1991||12||0||Southampton||v. Luxembourg, 13 November 2016 INJ|
|DF||Joshua Brenet||20 March 1994||2||0||PSV||v. Luxembourg, 13 November 2016|
|DF||Marvin Zeegelaar||12 August 1990||0||0||Sporting CP||v. Luxembourg, 13 November 2016|
|DF||Jetro Willems||30 March 1994||22||0||Eintracht Frankfurt||v. Belgium, 9 November 2016 PRE|
|DF||Ron Vlaar||16 February 1985||32||1||AZ||v. Belarus, 7 October 2016 PRE|
|DF||Patrick van Aanholt||29 August 1990||6||0||Crystal Palace||v. Sweden, 6 September 2016|
|DF||Jaïro Riedewald||9 September 1996||3||0||Crystal Palace||v. Greece, 1 September 2016 PRE|
|DF||Mitchell Dijks||9 February 1993||0||0||Ajax||v. Greece, 1 September 2016 PRE|
|DF||Timo Letschert||25 May 1993||0||0||Sassuolo||v. Greece, 1 September 2016 PRE|
|MF||Bart Ramselaar||29 June 1996||3||0||PSV||v. Ivory Coast, 4 June 2017|
|MF||Marten de Roon||29 March 1991||2||0||Atalanta||v. Ivory Coast, 4 June 2017|
|MF||Leroy Fer||5 January 1990||11||1||Swansea City||v. Bulgaria, 25 March 2017 PRE|
|MF||Stijn Schaars||11 January 1984||24||0||Heerenveen||v. Belgium, 9 November 2016 INJ|
|MF||Jordy Clasie||27 June 1991||17||0||Southampton||v. Belgium, 9 November 2016|
|MF||Siem de Jong||28 January 1989||6||2||Newcastle United||v. France, 10 October 2016|
|MF||Vurnon Anita||4 April 1989||3||0||Leeds United||v. Belarus, 7 October 2016 PRE|
|MF||Jorrit Hendrix||6 February 1995||1||0||PSV||v. Belarus, 7 October 2016 PRE|
|MF||Riechedly Bazoer||12 October 1996||6||0||VfL Wolfsburg||v. Sweden, 6 September 2016|
|FW||Luciano Narsingh||13 September 1990||19||4||Swansea City||v. Belarus, 7 October 2016 INJ|
|FW||Klaas-Jan Huntelaar||12 August 1983||76||42||Ajax||v. Greece, 1 September 2016 PRE|
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
Results and fixturesEdit
- 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 current or upcoming seasons. The time in the Netherlands is shown first. If the local time is different, it will be displayed below.
|1 September 2016 Friendly||Netherlands||1–2||Greece||Eindhoven, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Wijnaldum 14'||Report||Mitroglou 29'
|Stadium: Philips Stadion
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (Turkey)
|6 September 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Sweden||1–1||Netherlands||Solna, Sweden|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Berg 43'||Report (FIFA)
|Sneijder 67'||Stadium: Friends Arena
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
|7 October 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Netherlands||4–1||Belarus||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|20:30 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Promes 15', 31'
|Report||Rios 47'||Stadium: De Kuip
Referee: Craig Thomson (Scotland)
|10 October 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Netherlands||0–1||France||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||Pogba 30'||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
|9 November 2016 Friendly||Netherlands||1–1||Belgium||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Klaassen 38' (pen)||Carrasco 82'||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
|13 November 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Luxembourg||1–3||Netherlands||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|18:00 CET (UTC+01:00)||Chanot 44' (pen.)||Report||Robben 36'
Depay 58', 84'
|Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
Referee: Anthony Taylor
|25 March 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Bulgaria||2–0||Netherlands||Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium
|28 March 2017 Friendly||Netherlands||1–2||Italy||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Romagnoli 10' (o.g.)||Éder 11'
|Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
|31 May 2017 Friendly||Morocco||1–2||Netherlands||Agadir, Morocco|
|20:30 (UTC +02:00)||Boussoufa 73'||Promes 22'
|Stadium: Stade Adrar
|4 June 2017 Friendly||Netherlands||5–0||Ivory Coast||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|19:30 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Veltman 13', 36'
|Stadium: De Kuip
|9 June 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Netherlands||5–0||Luxembourg||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
Janssen 84' (pen.)
|Stadium: De Kuip
|31 August 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||France||v||Netherlands||Saint-Denis, France|
|Stadium: Stade de France
|3 September 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Netherlands||v||Bulgaria|
|7 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Belarus||v||Netherlands|
Most capped playersEdit
|#||Player||National career||Matches||Goals||Minutes||Total career|
|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–||109||25||6,938||2000–|
|5.||Giovanni van Bronckhorst||1996–2010||106||6||8,215||1993–2010|
|7.||Robin van Persie||2005–2015||101||50||7,290||2001–|
Last updated: 9 June 2017
Source: voetbalstats.nl (in Dutch)
|#||Player||National career||Goals||Matches||Average||Minutes||Total career|
|1.||Robin van Persie||2005–2015||50||101||0.50||7,026||2001–|
|5.||Ruud van Nistelrooy||1998–2011||35||70||0.50||4,543||1993–2012|
Last updated: 9 June 2017
Source: voetbalstats.nl (in Dutch)
FIFA World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Did Not Enter||Declined Participation|
|1950||Did Not Enter||Declined Participation|
|1958||Did Not Qualify||4||2||1||1||12||7|
|1982||Did Not Qualify||8||4||1||3||11||7|
|1990||Round of 16||15th||4||0||3||1||3||4||6||4||2||0||8||2|
|2002||Did Not Qualify||10||6||2||2||30||9|
|2006||Round of 16||11th||4||2||1||1||3||2||12||10||2||0||27||3|
|2018||To be determined||6||3||1||2||13||6|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
UEFA European ChampionshipEdit
|1960||Did Not Enter|
|1964||Did Not Qualify|
|1984||Did Not Qualify|
|2016||Did Not Qualify|
|2020||To be determined|
- This is a list of honours for the senior Dutch national team
- FIFA World Cup:
- UEFA European Championship:
- Olympic football tournament:
- Olympic Football Consolation Tournament
- Winners: 1928
- Nelson Mandela Inauguration Challenge Cup
- Winners: 1997
- 75th Anniversary FIFA Cup
- Runners-up: 1979
- World Champions' Gold Cup
- Fourth Place: 1980
- Copa Confraternidad
- Runners-up: 2011
- Nasazzi's Baton
- Winners: 1978, 1985, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2008
- Netherlands national under-21 football team
- Netherlands national under-19 football team
- Netherlands national under-17 football team
- Netherlands women's national football team
- Royal Dutch Football Association
- Aruba national football team
- Bonaire national football team
- Curaçao national football team
- Sint Maarten national football team
- 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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1988 (First title)