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 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 Flying Dutchmen
|Association||Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (KNVB)|
|Head coach||Ronald Koeman|
|Captain||Virgil van Dijk|
|Most caps||Wesley Sneijder (134)|
|Top scorer||Robin van Persie (50)|
|Home stadium||Johan Cruyff Arena (54,990)|
De Kuip (51,117)
Philips Stadion (35,000)
|Current||14 (7 February 2019)|
|Highest||1 (August–September 2011)|
|Lowest||36 (August 2017)|
|Current||5 6 (2 February 2019)|
|Highest||1 (1978, 1988–1990, 1992, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2014)|
|Lowest||49 (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|
|Website||OnsOranje.nl (in Dutch)|
The team won the UEFA European Championship in 1988. They have reached the FIFA World Cup final three times (in 1974, 1978 and 2010) and twice narrowly missed the final through a penalty shoot-out in the semifinals (in 1998 and 2014). Additionally, the team won bronze at the Olympic football event in 1908, 1912 and 1920.
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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. 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 semi finals, before defeating Sweden in the bronze medal match 2-0. 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.
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. 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.
Golden Generations: 1996–2014Edit
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 Dennis Bergkamp, 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 2002, 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.
Decline and recovery: 2014–Edit
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. 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.
In February 2018, Advocaat was replaced by Ronald Koeman, on a contract until the summer of 2022. 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 matchday, 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.
Kits and crestEdit
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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.
|Lotto||1991–1996||Lotto kits in UEFA Euro 1996|
|Lotto||1990–1996||Valid until 1996 Euro|
|Undisclosed–2026||Valid, at least, until 2026 FIFA World Cup|
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. 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.
|Head Coach||Ronald Koeman|
|Assistant Coach||Dwight Lodeweges|
|Assistant Coach||Kees van Wonderen|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Patrick Lodewijks|
|Fitness Coach||Jan Kluitenberg|
The following players were called for the Nations League matches against France and Germany on 16 and 19 November 2018.
Caps and goals updated as of 19 November 2018, after the match against Germany.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Jasper Cillessen||22 April 1989||46||0||Barcelona|
|13||GK||Jeroen Zoet||6 January 1991||11||0||PSV|
|23||GK||Marco Bizot||10 March 1991||0||0||AZ|
|2||DF||Kenny Tete||9 October 1995||12||0||Lyon|
|3||DF||Matthijs de Ligt||12 August 1999||13||0||Ajax|
|4||DF||Virgil van Dijk (Captain)||8 July 1991||24||3||Liverpool|
|5||DF||Daley Blind||9 March 1990||60||2||Ajax|
|12||DF||Denzel Dumfries||18 April 1996||3||0||PSV|
|14||DF||Stefan de Vrij||5 February 1992||37||3||Internazionale|
|15||DF||Nathan Aké||18 February 1995||10||1||Bournemouth|
|22||DF||Patrick van Aanholt||29 August 1990||9||0||Crystal Palace|
|6||MF||Marten de Roon||29 March 1991||8||0||Atalanta|
|7||MF||Frenkie de Jong||12 May 1997||5||0||Ajax|
|8||MF||Georginio Wijnaldum||11 November 1990||53||10||Liverpool|
|16||MF||Kevin Strootman||13 February 1990||43||3||Marseille|
|17||MF||Donny van de Beek||18 April 1997||5||0||Ajax|
|18||MF||Pablo Rosario||7 January 1997||1||0||PSV|
|21||MF||Tonny Vilhena||3 January 1995||15||0||Feyenoord|
|9||FW||Quincy Promes||4 January 1992||34||6||Sevilla|
|10||FW||Memphis Depay||13 February 1994||44||13||Lyon|
|11||FW||Ryan Babel||19 December 1986||54||8||Fulham|
|19||FW||Luuk de Jong||27 August 1990||15||4||PSV|
|20||FW||Javairô Dilrosun||22 June 1998||1||0||Hertha BSC|
|FW||Steven Bergwijn||8 October 1997||3||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. France, 9 September 2018|
|DF||Hans Hateboer||9 January 1994||3||0||Atalanta||v. Belgium, 16 October 2018|
|DF||Daryl Janmaat||22 July 1989||34||0||Watford||v. France, 9 September 2018|
|DF||Terence Kongolo||14 February 1994||4||0||Huddersfield Town||v. Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE|
|DF||Timothy Fosu-Mensah||2 January 1998||3||0||Fulham||v. Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE|
|DF||Jeffrey Bruma||13 November 1991||25||1||Schalke 04||v. England, 23 March 2018 PRE|
|DF||Karim Rekik||2 December 1994||4||0||Hertha BSC||v. England, 23 March 2018 PRE|
|MF||Davy Pröpper||2 September 1991||13||3||Brighton & Hove Albion||v. Belgium, 16 October 2018|
|MF||Ruud Vormer||11 May 1988||4||0||Club Brugge||v. France, 9 September 2018|
|MF||Guus Til||22 December 1997||1||0||AZ||v. Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE|
|FW||Arnaut Groeneveld||31 January 1997||2||1||Club Brugge||v. Belgium, 16 October 2018|
|FW||Justin Kluivert||5 May 1999||2||0||Roma||v. France, 9 September 2018|
|FW||Eljero Elia||13 February 1987||30||2||İstanbul Başakşehir||v. Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE|
|FW||Steven Berghuis||19 December 1991||14||0||Feyenoord||v. Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE|
|FW||Wout Weghorst||7 August 1992||3||0||VfL Wolfsburg||v. Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE|
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
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 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.
|23 March 2018 Friendly||Netherlands||0–1||England||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CET||Report||Lingard 59'||Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena|
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
|26 March 2018 Friendly||Portugal||0–3||Netherlands||Genève, Switzerland|
|20:30 CEST (UTC+2)||Report||Depay 11'
Van Dijk 45+2'
|Stadium: Stade de Genève|
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
|31 May 2018 Friendly||Slovakia||1–1||Netherlands||Trnava, Slovakia|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Nemec 8'||Report||Promes 59'||Stadium: Štadión Antona Malatinského|
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
|4 June 2018 Friendly||Italy||1–1||Netherlands||Turin, Italy|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Zaza 67'||Report||Aké 88'||Stadium: Allianz Stadium|
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (Russia)
|6 September 2018 Friendly||Netherlands||2–1||Peru||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Depay 60', 83'||Report||Aquino 13'||Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena|
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
|9 September 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League.||France||2–1||Netherlands||Saint–Denis, France|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Mbappé 14'
|Report||Babel 67'||Stadium: Stade de France|
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
|13 October 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League.||Netherlands||3–0||Germany||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Van Dijk 30'
|Report||Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena|
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
|16 October 2018 Friendly||Belgium||1–1||Netherlands||Brussels, Belgium|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Mertens 5'||Report||Groeneveld 27'||Stadium: King Baudouin Stadium|
|16 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League.||Netherlands||2–0||France||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CET (UTC+1)||Wijnaldum 44'
Depay 90+6' (pen.)
|Report||Stadium: De Kuip|
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
|19 November 2018 2018–19 UEFA Nations League.||Germany||2–2||Netherlands||Gelsenkirchen, Germany|
|20:45 CET (UTC+1)||Werner 9'
Van Dijk 90+1'
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
|21 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||Netherlands||v||Belarus||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CET (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: De Kuip|
|24 March 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||Netherlands||v||Germany||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CET (UTC+1)||Report||Stadium: Johan Cruyff ArenA|
|6 June 2019 2019 UEFA Nations League SF||Netherlands||v||England||Guimarães, Portugal|
|Stadium: Estádio D. Afonso Henriques|
|9 June 2019 2019 UEFA Nations League 3rd/F||Portugal or Switzerland||v||Netherlands||Portugal|
|Stadium: Estádio do Dragão or|
Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
|9 September 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||Estonia||v||Netherlands||Tallinn, Estonia|
|21:45 EEST (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena|
|10 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||Netherlands||v||Northern Ireland||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+2)||Report||Stadium: De Kuip|
|13 October 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||Belarus||v||Netherlands||Barysaw, Belarus|
|19:00 FET (UTC+3)||Report||Stadium: Borisov Arena|
|16 November 2019 UEFA Euro 2020 Q||Northern Ireland||v||Netherlands||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|19:45 GMT (UTC±0)||Report||Stadium: Windsor Park|
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||2001–2013||109||25||6,938||2000–2018|
|5.||Giovanni van Bronckhorst||1996–2010||106||6||8,215||1993–2010|
|7.||Robin van Persie||2005–||102||50||7,317||2001–|
Last updated: 6 September 2018
Source: voetbalstats.nl (in Dutch)
|#||Player||National career||Goals||Matches||Average||Minutes||Total career|
|1.||Robin van Persie||2005–||50||102||0.49||7,317||2001–|
|6.||Ruud van Nistelrooy||1998–2011||35||70||0.50||4,543||1993–2012|
Last updated: 6 September 2018
Source: voetbalstats.nl (in Dutch)
|Event||1st place||2nd place||3rd place||4th place|
FIFA World Cup recordEdit
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.
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.
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. 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.
|Netherlands's FIFA World Cup record||Qualification record|
|1930||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1934||Round of 16||9th||1||0||0||1||2||3||Squad||2||2||0||0||9||4|
|1938||Round of 16||14th||1||0||0||1||0||3||Squad||2||1||1||0||5||1|
|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||Squad||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||Squad||12||10||2||0||27||3|
|2018||Did not qualify||10||6||1||3||21||12|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
UEFA European ChampionshipEdit
|UEFA European Championship record|
|1960||Did not enter|
|1964||Did not qualify|
|1984||Did not qualify|
|2016||Did not qualify|
|2020||To be determined|
UEFA Nations LeagueEdit
|UEFA Nations League record|
- *Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
- **Group stage played home and away. Flag shown represents host nation for the finals stage.
- This is a list of honours for the senior Dutch national team
- FIFA World Cup:
- UEFA European Championship:
- Olympic football tournament:
- 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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- Netherlands – Record International Players at the RSSSF archive
- Dutch National Team Coaches at the RSSSF archive
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1988 (First title)