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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 Louis van Gaal
Asst coach Danny Blind
Patrick Kluivert[3]
Captain Robin van Persie
Most caps Edwin van der Sar (130)
Top scorer Robin van Persie (46)
Home stadium Amsterdam Arena (52,500)
De Kuip (47,500)
Philips Stadion (35,000)
FIFA code NED
FIFA ranking 15 Steady 0
Highest FIFA ranking 1[4] (August 2011 – September 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking 25 (May 1998)
Elo ranking 3
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, June 2014.)
Lowest Elo ranking 56 (October 1954)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Belgium 1–4 (a.e.t.) Netherlands Netherlands
(Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905)
Biggest win
Netherlands Netherlands 11–0 San Marino 
(Eindhoven, Netherlands; 2 September 2011)
Biggest defeat
England England Am. 12–2 Netherlands Netherlands
(Darlington, England; 21 December 1907)[5]
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

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 referred to as Holland.[6] The official code to "Netherlands" is "NED".

The Dutch hold the record for playing the most 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. They won the UEFA European Championship in 1988. The team is currently managed by Louis van Gaal, but he has announced he will leave after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, to be replaced by Guus Hiddink, who had previously managed the team during the late 1990s.

History[edit]

Dutch squad for their first international match

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 Netherlands made their first appearance at the 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 1970s[edit]

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.

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 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.

Failure: 1982–86[edit]

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.

European champions[edit]

The 1988 trophy on display in Amsterdam

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, 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 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; 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 Cruijff the following year, although Advocaat actually stayed in charge for over two years. 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.

1996–2004[edit]

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.

The Netherlands at Euro 96 in a match against Scotland.

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 quality[citation 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.

Netherlands at the 2006 World Cup

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.

2006–2010[edit]

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]

Netherlands – France at Euro 2008

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 equaliser by Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Netherlands – Denmark at the 2010 World Cup

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. The Dutch team was criticized for its rough play in the final, and was given nine yellow cards in the single game (including a double yellow card to John Heitinga). Johan Cruyff later public criticized the team for playing in an "ugly" and "vulgar" style. The Associated Press was of the opinion that the Dutch had "turned far too often to dirty tactics." 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.)

Euro 2012[edit]

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 Germany 1-2, and finally lost to Portugal 1-2 and exited the competition. Johan Cruyff criticised the team's star players of poor build up play and sloppy execution of the easy passes.[13][14]

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

In the 2014 World Cup UEFA qualifying round, the Netherlands won 13 games and drew one, topping the group and earning automatic qualification. They were drawn into Group B, along with Spain, Chile and Australia. They avenged their loss from four years ago with an incredible beating of Spain 5-1 in their opening match, with Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie scoring two goals each, and Stefan de Vrij scoring one. The second match against Australia was won in comeback fashion after the Dutch team trailed Australia 2-1. The match concluded with the Netherlands defeating Australia 3-2 thanks to goals from Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie either side of Australia's two, with Memphis Depay scoring the game-winner. Their final group match against Chile was a stalemate until Leroy Fer scored in the 77th minute and Memphis Depay scored again in stoppage time to win the game 2-0 and clinch first place in group B.

The Netherlands defeated Mexico in the Round of 16 by a score of 2-1. Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar both scored late to propel the Netherlands into the quarterfinals where they faced Costa Rica. After drawing 0-0 after extra time, The Dutch won the penalty shootout 4-3 and booked a place in the semifinals against Argentina. Keeper Tim Krul was brought on just before the end of extra time, marking the first time in FIFA World Cup history a goalkeeper was brought onto the field solely to participate in a shootout. [15] However, in the match against Argentina in which no goals were scored, they lost 2-4 on penalties.[16]

Team image[edit]

Colours[edit]

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 the one of the many titles of the ruling head of state, Prince of Orange which is also the color 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 1998 and is contracted to continue until at least 2026.

Kit provider Period
Germany Adidas 1988 - 1992
Italy Lotto 1992 – 1998
United States Nike 1998 – at least 2026

Rivalries[edit]

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.[17]

Kits Evolution[edit]

Home

1934
1934 World Cup
1974
1974 (alt.)
1978-1980
1978 (alt.)
1988
1988 (alt.)
1990
1994
1998
2000
2002
2002 (alt.)
2004
2004 (alt.)
2006
2006 (alt.)
2008
2008 (alt.)
2010
2010 (alt.)
2012
2014
2014 (alt.)

Away

1990
1994
1996
1998
2000
2002
2004
2006
2008
2010
2010 (alt.)
2012
2013
2014

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Notes
Manager Netherlands Louis Van Gaal
Assistant Manager Vacant
Goalkeeping Coach Vacant
Fitness Coach Netherlands Rene Wormhoudt
Team Manager Netherlands Hans Jorritsma
Head Scout Netherlands Ronald Spelbos
Physician Netherlands Gert-Jan Goudswaard
Physiotherapist Netherlands Arno Philips
Other Staff Netherlands Rob Koster
Netherlands Carlo De Leeuw
U-21 Manager Netherlands Albert Stuivenberg
U-19 Manager Netherlands Wim van Zwam
U-17 Manager Netherlands Maarten Stekelenburg

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were named for the 2014 FIFA World Cup squad.
Caps and goals updated as of 9 July 2014 after the match against Argentina.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Jasper Cillessen (1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 (age 25) 14 0 Netherlands Ajax
22 1GK Michel Vorm (1983-10-20) 20 October 1983 (age 30) 14 0 Wales Swansea City
23 1GK Tim Krul (1988-04-03) 3 April 1988 (age 26) 6 0 England Newcastle United
2 2DF Ron Vlaar (1985-02-16) 16 February 1985 (age 29) 30 1 England Aston Villa
3 2DF Stefan de Vrij (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 22) 18 1 Netherlands Feyenoord
4 2DF Bruno Martins Indi (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 22) 21 2 Netherlands Feyenoord
5 2DF Daley Blind (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 24) 18 0 Netherlands Ajax
7 2DF Daryl Janmaat (1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 24) 20 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
12 2DF Paul Verhaegh (1983-09-01) 1 September 1983 (age 30) 3 0 Germany Augsburg
13 2DF Joël Veltman (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 22) 3 0 Netherlands Ajax
14 2DF Terence Kongolo (1994-02-14) 14 February 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
6 3MF Nigel de Jong (1984-11-13) 13 November 1984 (age 29) 76 1 Italy Milan
8 3MF Jonathan de Guzmán (1987-09-13) 13 September 1987 (age 26) 12 0 Wales Swansea City
10 3MF Wesley Sneijder (1984-06-09) 9 June 1984 (age 30) 105 27 Turkey Galatasaray
11 3MF Arjen Robben (Vice-Captain) (1984-01-23) 23 January 1984 (age 30) 81 26 Germany Bayern Munich
16 3MF Jordy Clasie (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 23) 9 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
18 3MF Leroy Fer (1990-01-05) 5 January 1990 (age 24) 7 1 England Norwich City
20 3MF Georginio Wijnaldum (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 23) 11 1 Netherlands PSV
21 3MF Memphis Depay (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 20) 10 2 Netherlands PSV
9 4FW Robin van Persie (Captain) (1983-08-06) 6 August 1983 (age 30) 90 46 England Manchester United
15 4FW Dirk Kuyt (1980-07-22) 22 July 1980 (age 33) 102 24 Turkey Fenerbahçe
17 4FW Jeremain Lens (1987-11-24) 24 November 1987 (age 26) 26 8 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
19 4FW Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (1983-08-12) 12 August 1983 (age 30) 65 35 Germany Schalke 04

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Jeroen Zoet (1991-01-06) 6 January 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Netherlands PSV 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
GK Kenneth Vermeer (1986-04-22) 22 April 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Ecuador, 17 May 2014 (preliminary)
GK Maarten Stekelenburg (1982-09-22) 22 September 1982 (age 31) 54 0 England Fulham v.  France, 5 March 2014 (preliminary)
DF Patrick van Aanholt (1990-08-29) 29 August 1990 (age 23) 2 0 Netherlands Vitesse 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
DF Karim Rekik (1994-12-02) 2 December 1994 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands PSV 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
DF Gregory van der Wiel (1988-02-03) 3 February 1988 (age 26) 37 0 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  France, 5 March 2014 INJ
DF Jeffrey Bruma (1991-11-13) 13 November 1991 (age 22) 7 0 Netherlands PSV v.  France, 5 March 2014 (preliminary)
DF Jetro Willems (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 20) 11 0 Netherlands PSV v.  Japan, 16 November 2013 INJ
DF Ricardo van Rhijn (1991-06-13) 13 June 1991 (age 23) 7 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Estonia, 6 September 2013 (preliminary)
MF Jean-Paul Boëtius (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Feyenoord 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF Quincy Promes (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Netherlands Twente 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF Tonny Vilhena (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Feyenoord 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad
MF Rafael van der Vaart (1983-02-11) 11 February 1983 (age 31) 109 25 Germany Hamburg 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary squad INJ
MF Luciano Narsingh (1990-09-13) 13 September 1990 (age 23) 7 2 Netherlands PSV v.  Ecuador, 17 May 2014 (preliminary)
MF Marco van Ginkel (1992-12-01) 1 December 1992 (age 21) 2 0 England Chelsea v.  Ecuador, 17 May 2014 (preliminary)
MF Davy Klaassen (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Ecuador, 17 May 2014 (preliminary)
MF Kevin Strootman (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 24) 25 3 Italy Roma v.  France, 5 March 2014 INJ
MF Stijn Schaars (1984-01-11) 11 January 1984 (age 30) 23 0 Netherlands PSV v.  France, 5 March 2014
MF Siem de Jong (1989-01-28) 28 January 1989 (age 25) 6 2 England Newcastle United v.  France, 5 March 2014
MF Davy Pröpper (1991-09-02) 2 September 1991 (age 22) 0 0 Netherlands Vitesse v.  France, 5 March 2014 (preliminary)
MF Ruben Schaken (1982-04-03) 3 April 1982 (age 32) 6 2 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Hungary, 11 October 2013 (preliminary)
MF Adam Maher (1993-07-20) 20 July 1993 (age 20) 5 0 Netherlands PSV v.  Andorra, 10 September 2013
FW Luc Castaignos (1992-09-27) 27 September 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands Twente v.  Ecuador, 17 May 2014 (preliminary)
FW Jürgen Locadia (1993-07-11) 11 July 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands PSV v.  Ecuador, 17 May 2014 (preliminary) INJ
FW Ricky van Wolfswinkel (1989-01-27) 27 January 1989 (age 25) 2 0 England Norwich City v.  Hungary, 11 October 2013 (preliminary)

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.

Previous squads[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

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.

Records[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

     Champions       Runners-up       Third Place       Fourth Place  

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter Declined Participation
Italy 1934 Round 1 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 9 4
France 1938 14th 1 0 0 1 0 3 2 1 1 0 5 1
Brazil 1950 Did Not Enter Declined Participation
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Did Not Qualify 4 2 1 1 12 7
Chile 1962 3 0 2 1 4 7
England 1966 6 2 2 2 6 4
Mexico 1970 6 3 1 2 9 5
West Germany 1974 Runners-Up 2nd 7 5 1 1 15 3 6 4 2 0 24 2
Argentina 1978 Runners-Up 2nd 7 3 2 2 15 10 6 5 1 0 11 3
Spain 1982 Did Not Qualify 8 4 1 3 11 7
Mexico 1986 8 4 1 3 13 7
Italy 1990 Round of 16 15th 4 0 3 1 3 4 6 4 2 0 8 2
United States 1994 Quarter-Finals 7th 5 3 0 2 8 6 10 6 3 1 29 9
France 1998 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 3 1 13 7 8 6 1 1 26 4
South Korea Japan 2002 Did Not Qualify 10 6 2 2 30 9
Germany 2006 Round of 16 11th 4 2 1 1 3 2 12 10 2 0 27 3
South Africa 2010 Runners-Up 2nd 7 6 0 1 12 6 8 8 0 0 17 2
Brazil 2014 Final Four TBD 6 4 2 0 12 4 10 9 1 0 34 5
Total Runners-Up 10/20 49 26 12 11 80 46 115 76 23 16 141 81

Summer Olympics[edit]

Host nation(s) / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
United Kingdom 1908 Third Place 2 1 0 1 2 4
Sweden 1912 Third Place 4 3 0 1 17 8
Belgium 1920 Third Place 4 2 0 2 9 10
France 1924 Fourth Place 5 2 1 2 11 7
Netherlands 1928 Round 1 1 0 0 1 0 2
United Kingdom 1948 Round 1 2 1 0 1 6 5
Finland 1952 Preliminary Round 1 0 0 1 1 5
China 2008 Quarter-Finals 4 1 2 1 4 4
Total 8/31 23 10 3 10 50 45

UEFA European Championship[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Did Not Enter
Spain 1964 Did Not Qualify
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Semi Final 3rd 2 1 0 1 4 5
Italy 1980 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4
France 1984 Did Not Qualify
West Germany 1988 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 8 3
Sweden 1992 Semi Final 3rd 4 2 2 0 6 3
England 1996 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 1 2 1 3 4
Netherlands|Belgium 2000 Semi Final 3rd 5 4 1 0 13 3
Portugal 2004 Semi Final 4th 5 1 2 2 7 6
Switzerland Austria 2008 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 3 0 1 10 4
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 2 5
Total 1 Titles 9/14 35 17 8 10 57 37

Honours[edit]

The bronze medalists of the 1912 Summer Olympics

2014 (TBD)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ The Netherlands reached the top spot in the FIFA ranking on August 10, 2011. FIFA published the ranking on August 24.
  5. ^ 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
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  13. ^ Cruyff: Star players didn't deliver for Netherlands, 2012-06-19.
  14. ^ Johan Cruyff kritisiert Oranje-Team, der Standard, 2012-06-19
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  16. ^ http://nos.nl/wk2014/artikel/672991-oranje-ten-onder-na-strafschoppen.html%7Cwebsite=nos.nl
  17. ^ "10 best rivalries in international football"

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
1984 France 
European Champions
1988 (First title)
Succeeded by
1992 Denmark 
Awards
Preceded by
Brazil 
FIFA Team of the Year
2000
Succeeded by
Honduras