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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.

Netherlands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Oranje
Holland
Clockwork Orange[1]
The Flying Dutchmen[2]
Association Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (KNVB)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Ronald Koeman[3]
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)
FIFA code NED
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 17 Steady (16 August 2018)
Highest 1[4] (August–September 2011)
Lowest 36[5] (August 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 11 Increase 2 (9 July 2018)
Highest 1 (1978, 1988–1990, 1992, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2014)
Lowest 49 (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
Appearances 10 (first in 1934)
Best result Runners-up, 1974, 1978, and 2010
European Championship
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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HistoryEdit

 
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.[6] Some historians attribute one of the goals scored to Willem Hesselink.

The Netherlands made their first appearance at the FIFA World Cup final tournament in 1934. After a second appearance in 1938, they did not appear in another World Cup until 1974.

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."[7]

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.

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

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.

Failure: 1982–86Edit

Euro '80 was the last tournament for which the Total Football team qualified, but they did not advance past the group stage,[8] 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. 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.

European championsEdit

 
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 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.[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 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 Generation: 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.

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

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,[10] 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.

 
Netherlands at the 2006 World Cup

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. [11][12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.

 
Netherlands – France at Euro 2008
 
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 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,[15][16] while manager Bert van Marwijk resigned after the disappointment.[17]

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".[18]

 
The Dutch team leaves the field after losing to Argentina

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.[19] 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.[20] The Netherlands won the third-place match against hosts Brazil. Van Gaal, who successfully motivated the team after their semi-final knockout,[21] received praise for getting more out of the young and inexperienced Netherlands squad than many expected.[22][23] He left to become manager of Manchester United.

Decline and crisis: 2014–2018Edit

Van Gaal was followed up by Guus Hiddink for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. This decision would result in a disastrous situation for the Dutch national team. A combination of bad luck, terrible leadership and simply a lack of quality would ultimately result in two missed tournaments. When Hiddink started in September 2014, it soon became clear that he wasn't capable of doing his job anymore. Some journalists even talked about early senile dementia which included restricted memory, especially of recent match events and players, and reduced problem solving ability.[24] All the same, he made a very confused impression and constantly changed tactics. After losses against Italy, Czech Republic, Iceland and Mexico in 2014 (most of these results being due to tactical errors) it was already clear that he wouldn't finish his job. In June 2015, a 3-1 lead against the United States was forfeited, the final score being 3-4. Again, Hiddink was largely responsible for this defeat, changing his complete midfield for attacking players. The KNVB realised this couldn't continue anymore and pressured a confused Hiddink to resign his job.

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.[25][26] This was particularly criticized since Euro 2016 had been expanded to become the first European Championship with 24 teams: the Dutch therefore managed to miss out both on two automatic qualifying spots and also on a playoff spot, whereas previous tournaments had only provided one automatic spot and one playoff spot. 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.[27]

New hope and recovery: 2018-Edit

Koeman succeeded Dick Advocaat in early 2018 and his first job was to recover the status of the team. However, when he started it was clear he would get a very difficult job with a schedule against 8 different top teams in 2018. The first game under Koeman ended in a toothless 0-1 loss against England. Koeman was able to recover his team afterwards and booked a very imprresive 3-0 win against Holland's most feared opponent: Portugal.

In the following matches, Koeman was able to limit the damage. Draws against Slovakia and Italy were followed by a 2-1 victory over Peru. On 9 September 2018, the Dutch made their debut in the Nations League against World Cup champions France. The game ended in a 2-1 loss, but media reports were positive.

Koeman was thus able to limit the damage, preparing the team for a better time and more luck in 2019.

Team imageEdit

Kits and crestEdit

 
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.[28]

Kit suppliersEdit

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

Kit dealsEdit

Kit supplier Period Contract date Contract duration Value Notes
  Nike 2001–2026

RivalriesEdit

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.[29]

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.[30] 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.

Coaching staffEdit

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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called for the friendly match against Peru and the Nations League match against France 6 and 9 September 2018 respectively.
Caps and goals updated as of 9 September 2018, after the match against France.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jasper Cillessen (1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 (age 29) 42 0   Barcelona
13 1GK Jeroen Zoet (1991-01-06) 6 January 1991 (age 27) 11 0   PSV
23 1GK Sergio Padt (1990-06-06) 6 June 1990 (age 28) 0 0   Groningen

5 2DF Daley Blind (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 28) 56 2   Ajax
14 2DF Stefan de Vrij (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 26) 36 3   Internazionale
12 2DF Daryl Janmaat (1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 29) 34 0   Watford
4 2DF Virgil van Dijk (Captain) (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 (age 27) 21 1   Liverpool
2 2DF Kenny Tete (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 22) 11 0   Lyon
3 2DF Matthijs de Ligt (1999-08-12) 12 August 1999 (age 19) 9 0   Ajax
21 2DF Patrick van Aanholt (1990-08-29) 29 August 1990 (age 28) 8 0   Crystal Palace
15 2DF Nathan Aké (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 23) 7 1   Bournemouth

8 3MF Georginio Wijnaldum (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 27) 50 8   Liverpool
16 3MF Kevin Strootman (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 28) 42 3   Marseille
6 3MF Davy Pröpper (1991-09-02) 2 September 1991 (age 27) 13 3   Brighton & Hove Albion
18 3MF Marten de Roon (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 27) 5 0   Atalanta
17 3MF Donny van de Beek (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 21) 4 0   Ajax
20 3MF Ruud Vormer (1988-05-11) 11 May 1988 (age 30) 4 0   Club Brugge
7 3MF Frenkie de Jong (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 21) 2 0   Ajax

11 4FW Ryan Babel (1986-12-19) 19 December 1986 (age 31) 51 8   Beşiktaş
10 4FW Memphis Depay (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 24) 40 11   Lyon
9 4FW Quincy Promes (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 26) 30 5   Sevilla
19 4FW Luuk de Jong (1990-08-27) 27 August 1990 (age 28) 13 4   PSV
22 4FW Justin Kluivert (1999-05-05) 5 May 1999 (age 19) 2 0   Roma

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Marco Bizot (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 27) 0 0   AZ v.   Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE
GK Michel Vorm (1983-10-20) 20 October 1983 (age 34) 15 0   Tottenham Hotspur v.   Scotland, 9 November 2017 INJ
GK Maarten Stekelenburg (1982-09-22) 22 September 1982 (age 35) 58 0   Everton v.   Sweden, 10 October 2017

DF Terence Kongolo (1994-02-14) 14 February 1994 (age 24) 4 0   Huddersfield Town v.   Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE
DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah (1998-01-02) 2 January 1998 (age 20) 3 0   Fulham v.   Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE
DF Hans Hateboer (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 24) 2 0   Atalanta v.   Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE
DF Jeffrey Bruma (1991-11-13) 13 November 1991 (age 26) 25 1   VfL Wolfsburg v.   England, 23 March 2018 PRE
DF Karim Rekik (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 23) 4 0   Hertha BSC v.   England, 23 March 2018 PRE
DF Joël Veltman (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 26) 19 2   Ajax v.   Romania, 14 November 2017
DF Wesley Hoedt (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 24) 6 0   Southampton v.   Scotland, 9 November 2017 INJ
DF Bruno Martins Indi (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 26) 34 2   Stoke City v.   Belarus, 7 October 2017 INJ

MF Tonny Vilhena (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 23) 12 0   Feyenoord v.   Peru, 6 September 2018
MF Guus Til (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 20) 1 0   AZ v.   Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE
MF Marco van Ginkel (1992-12-01) 1 December 1992 (age 25) 8 0   Chelsea v.   Romania, 14 November 2017
MF Davy Klaassen (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 25) 16 4   Werder Bremen v.   Sweden, 10 October 2017
MF Jens Toornstra (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 (age 29) 4 0   Feyenoord v.   Belarus, 7 October 2017 PRE

FW Eljero Elia (1987-02-13) 13 February 1987 (age 31) 30 2   İstanbul Başakşehir v.   Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE
FW Steven Berghuis (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 26) 14 0   Feyenoord v.   Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE
FW Wout Weghorst (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 26) 3 0   VfL Wolfsburg v.   Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE
FW Steven Bergwijn (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 20) 0 0   PSV v.   Peru, 6 September 2018 PRE
FW Vincent Janssen (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 24) 17 7   Tottenham Hotspur F.C. v.   Scotland, 9 November 2017 INJ
FW Jürgen Locadia (1993-11-07) 7 November 1993 (age 24) 0 0   Brighton & Hove Albion v.   Scotland, 9 November 2017 INJ
FW Robin van Persie (1983-08-06) 6 August 1983 (age 35) 102 50   Feyenoord v.   Belarus, 7 October 2017 INJ
FW Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (1983-08-12) 12 August 1983 (age 35) 76 42   Ajax v.   Belarus, 7 October 2017 PRE
FW Jeremain Lens (1987-11-24) 24 November 1987 (age 30) 34 8   Beşiktaş v.   Belarus, 7 October 2017 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 squadsEdit

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.

2017Edit

2018Edit

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

 
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 2000–0000
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 goalscorersEdit

 
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 2000–2017
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 2002–2018

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

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

Netherlands's FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Host nation(s)
and year
Round Pos Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934 Round 1 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 9 4
  1938 14th 1 0 0 1 0 3 2 1 1 0 5 1
  1950 Did not enter Declined participation
  1954
  1958 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 12 7
  1962 3 0 2 1 4 7
  1966 6 2 2 2 6 4
  1970 6 3 1 2 9 5
  1974 Runners-Up 2nd 7 5 1 1 15 3 6 4 2 0 24 2
  1978 Runners-Up 2nd 7 3 2 2 15 10 6 5 1 0 11 3
  1982 Did not qualify 8 4 1 3 11 7
  1986 8 4 1 3 13 7
  1990 Round of 16 15th 4 0 3 1 3 4 6 4 2 0 8 2
  1994 Quarter-finals 7th 5 3 0 2 8 6 10 6 3 1 29 9
  1998 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 3 1 13 7 8 6 1 1 26 4
    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
  2010 Runners-Up 2nd 7 6 0 1 12 6 8 8 0 0 17 2
  2014 Third Place 3rd 7 5 2 0 15 4 10 9 1 0 34 5
  2018 Did not qualify 10 6 1 3 21 12
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total Runners-Up 10/21 50 27 12 11 86 48 123 80 24 19 291 92

Summer OlympicsEdit

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

UEFA European ChampionshipEdit

UEFA European Championship record
Year Round Pld W D* L GF GA
  1960 Did not enter
  1964 Did not qualify
  1968
  1972
  1976 Third Place 2 1 0 1 4 5
  1980 Group Stage 3 1 1 1 4 4
  1984 Did not qualify
  1988 Champions 5 4 0 1 8 3
  1992 Semi-finals 4 2 2 0 6 3
  1996 Quarter-finals 1 2 1 3 4 4
    2000 Semi-finals 5 4 1 0 13 3
  2004 Semi-finals 5 1 2 2 7 6
    2008 Quarter-finals 4 3 0 1 10 4
    2012 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 2 5
  2016 Did not qualify
  2020 To be determined
Total 1 Title 35 17 8 10 57 37

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1992 Did not enter
  1995 Did not qualify
  1997
  1999
    2001
  2003
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2017
2021 To be determined
Total 0/10 0 0 0 0 0 0

UEFA Nations LeagueEdit

UEFA Nations League record
Year Division Round Pos Pld W D L GF GA
2018–19 A To be determined
Total 1/1 0 0 0 0 0 0

HonoursEdit

Competition      
World Cup 0 3 1
European Championship 1 0 1
Olympic Games 0 0 3
This is a list of honours for the senior Dutch national team
 
The bronze medalists of the 1912 Summer Olympics

Other TournamentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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  4. ^ The Netherlands reached the top spot in the FIFA ranking on 10 August 2011. FIFA published the ranking on 24 August.
  5. ^ The Netherlands reach an all time low in the FIFA Rankings Archived 11 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine. on 10 August 2017.
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