Netherlands national football team
The Flying Dutchmen
|Association||Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (KNVB)|
|Head coach||Danny Blind|
|Most caps||Edwin van der Sar (130)|
|Top scorer||Robin van Persie (50)|
|Home stadium||Amsterdam Arena (53,502)|
|Current||14 2 (3 December 2015)|
|Highest||1 (August–September 2011)|
|Lowest||25 (May 1998)|
|Current||14 (3 December 2015)|
|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 (aet) 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)
|Appearances||10 (First in 1934)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1974, 1978, 2010|
|Appearances||9 (First in 1976)|
|Best result||Champions, 1988|
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 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Team image
- 3 Coaching staff
- 4 Current squad
- 5 Results and fixtures
- 6 Records
- 7 Competitive record
- 8 Honours
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The Netherlands played their first international match in Antwerp against Belgium on 30 April 1905. The players were selected by a five-member commission from the Dutch football association. After 90 minutes, the score was 1–1, but because the match was for a trophy (the "Coupe van den Abeele"), the game went into extra time, in which Eddy de Neve scored three times, making the score 4–1 for the Dutch side.
Total Football in the 1970s
The 1970s saw the invention of Total Football (Dutch: Totaalvoetbal), pioneered by Ajax and led by playmaker Johan Cruyff and national team 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 any German had even touched the ball. However, supported by the crowd, a converted penalty by Paul Breitner and the winner from Gerd Müller led to a victory for the Germans.
By comparison, Euro '76 was a disappointment. The Netherlands lost in the semi-finals to Czechoslovakia, as much because of fighting within the squad and the coach George Knobel, as well as the skill of the eventual winners.
In 1978, the Netherlands again reached the final of a World Cup, only to be beaten by the host, this time Argentina. This side played without Johan Cruijff, Willem van Hanegem, and Jan van Beveren, who refused to participate in the World Cup. It still contained Johan Neeskens, Johnny Rep, Arie Haan, Ruud Krol, Wim Jansen, Jan Jongbloed, Wim Suurbier and Rob Rensenbrink from the 1974 selection. The Netherlands were less impressive in the group stages. They qualified as runners-up, after a draw with Peru and a loss to Scotland. In the second group phase, however, the Netherlands topped a group including Italy and West Germany, setting up a final with Argentina. However, the Dutch finished as runners up for the second World Cup in a row as they ultimately lost 3–1 after two extra time goals from Argentina. Unfortunately for the Dutch, Rensenbrink hit the Argentinian post in the last minute of normal time, with the score 1–1.
Euro '80 was the last tournament for which the Total Football team qualified, but they did not advance past the group stage, despite the tournament format being expanded that year. Veterans such as Krol and Rensenbrink retired soon afterwards and the Netherlands missed the 1982 World Cup, Euro '84, and the 1986 World Cup in succession. Qualification for Euro 1984 was within reach, but the Dutch ended the campaign on the same number of points as rivals Spain, and the same goal difference (+16). Spain advanced having scored two more goals. The failure to reach the 1986 World Cup was also very close. In a play off with neighbours Belgium, the Netherlands lost 1–0 in Brussels, but were leading 2–0 in the home leg in Rotterdam with a few minutes remaining. Belgium scored to end the tie 2–1, and overall play off 2–2. Belgium advanced on the away goal rule.
Rinus Michels returned to coach the team for the Euro '88 tournament. After losing the first group match against the Soviet Union (1–0), the Netherlands qualified for the semi-final by defeating England 3–1 (with a hat-trick by the tournament's top scorer Marco van Basten), and Republic of Ireland (1–0). For many Dutch football supporters, the most important match in the tournament was the semi-final against West Germany, the host country, considered a revenge for the lost 1974 World Cup final (also in West Germany). Marco van Basten scored in the 89th minute to sink the German side. 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.
At Euro '96, after drawing 0–0 with Scotland and beating Switzerland 2–0, they faced the hosts England in the pool A decider, with both teams on 4 points. After 62 minutes, with Scotland beating Switzerland 1–0, the Netherlands were 4–0 down and looked like finishing third behind Scotland on goal difference and going out of the tournament, but Patrick Kluivert converted a Dennis Bergkamp assist and scored in the 78th minute to see the Dutch finish second on goals scored. They then played France in the quarter-finals, drawing 0–0 and being eliminated 5–4 on penalties.
In the 1998 World Cup, Netherlands, whose team included Marc Overmars, Phillip Cocu, Edgar Davids, Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer and Patrick Kluivert, met Argentina in the quarter-final, a rematch of the 1978 final. The Netherlands won 2–1 after a Bergkamp goal in the 89th minute. Bergkamp's goal was famous because of its quality — 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. 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, including Edwin van der Sar, Edgar Davids, Michael Reiziger, Clarence Seedorf, Marc Overmars, Patrick Kluivert and the De Boer twins.
Surprisingly, the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup after 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. As soon as he took office, after defeating Spain with the result of 1–0 on 27 March, the Netherlands won the Unofficial Football World Championships (UFWC). In addition, on 21 August, the Netherlands won the Nasazzi's Baton, defeating Norway 1–0, unifying for the first time in history and forever the two trophies.  
Later, he led the team to the semifinals of Euro 2004, but lost to Portugal and, after receiving criticism for his tactics and player changes, stepped down. This was to be the end for many of the team's World Cup veterans (mostly made up of the Ajax generation of 1995.) Frank and Ronald de Boer, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Marc Overmars, Jaap Stam and Patrick Kluivert had either retired or were not selected for the upcoming World Cup by new coach Marco van Basten.
The Netherlands qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and finished second in Group C after beating Serbia and 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. 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.
The Netherlands qualified for Euro 2008, where they were drawn in 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, the Netherlands' first victory over Italy since 1978. On 13 June 2008, in their second group match against France, 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-finals to former coach Guus Hiddink's Russia by a score of 3–1, with Ruud van Nistelrooy scoring an 86th-minute equaliser to force extra time where the Russians went on to score twice.
Under new coach Bert van Marwijk, the Dutch went on to secure a 100 percent record in their World Cup 2010 qualification campaign to qualifying for the World Cup. The World Cup Draw saw the Dutch being placed alongside Denmark, Cameroon and Japan in Group E. The side won 2–0 against Denmark in their opener at the World Cup, then beat Japan 1–0 to ensure qualification to the Round of 16. In the first knockout round, they faced Slovakia and came out with a 2–1 victory. In the quarter-finals against Brazil, the Brazilians held a 1–0 lead at the half and had never lost in 37 World Cup matches (35–0–2) in which they had held a half-time lead, but the Dutch scored twice for a 2–1 win 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. 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 publicly 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 as a professional before retiring.
From August to September 2011, the team was ranked number one in the FIFA World Rankings, thus 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, 0–1 to Denmark, 1–2 to Germany and 1–2 to Portugal, exiting the competition. 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.
2014 FIFA World Cup
Louis van Gaal, who had formerly coached the Netherlands' unsuccessful 2002 World Cup qualification, 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, along with Spain, Chile and Australia. The team avenged their 2010 defeat by defeating title holders Spain with an astonishing 5–1 victory in their opening match, with Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben scoring two goals each, and Stefan de Vrij scoring one. 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 second match against Australia was won in comeback fashion after trailing Australia 2–1; the Dutch won 3–2 thanks to goals from Robben and 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 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, with Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar both scoring late to overturn a 0–1 deficit. 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 spot kick saves, one from Bryan Ruiz and one from Michael Umaña, 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 game against Argentina, the Netherlands had one good chance from Arjen Robben while managing to contain Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, and both teams finished scoreless after extra time. In penalty kicks, however, the Dutch were eliminated 4–2, with Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder having their spot kicks saved. Van Gaal admitted later that there were players who were meant to take penalties before Vlaar denied taking a penalty, though Van Gaal would not mention the names.
The Netherlands played hosts Brazil in the third place match and took an early lead through a Robin van Persie third-minute penalty after Arjen Robben was pulled back by Brazilian defender Thiago Silva. Daley Blind added a second after 16 minutes, and a third goal was added by Georginio Wijnaldum in the 91st minute. This was the Dutch's first bronze medal (third-place finish) in the history of the World Cup, and also the first time they had concluded a major international tournament unbeaten (a penalty shootout elimination is counted as a draw). They also became the first team in World Cup history to ever use all 23 players in the squad when goalkeeper Michel Vorm was brought on for the last minutes of the third place game, having already used 22 players in the previous six matches. Manager Louis 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.
Euro 2016 failure
Manager Louis van Gaal previously announced one year before the expiration of his contract after the 2014 World Cup that he would leave his Oranje post to become manager of Manchester United. He was succeeded by Guus Hiddink, who had previously coached the team to fourth in the 1998 World Cup, for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Originally, Van Gaal's assistant Danny Blind was meant to stay assistant under Hiddink until the end of Euro 2016, where Blind would take over the post of head coach; the KNVB based this construction on the successful German model of Joachim Löw succeeding Jürgen Klinsmann at the conclusion of the 2006 World Cup.
The announcement of Hiddink taking over was met with mixed reactions. Ronald Koeman claimed he was meant to be the head coach to succeed Van Gaal after the expiration of his contract at Feyenoord, and that the position was promised to him by the KNVB. After the alleged snub, Koeman was furious about the decision and chose to take the helmof English club Southampton instead. Several Dutch football trainers also argued that Koeman would be a better coach, since he is able to understand the current younger generation of Dutch football players whereas Hiddink only used old tactics.
On 29 June 2015, Hiddink left his position and was succeeded by Blind. It is still unknown to this date whether Hiddink resigned or was fired. Although facing lower ranked opponents—Iceland, Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia and Kazakhstan—the Netherlands had an awful qualifying campaign, losing both home and away against Iceland and Czech Republic, and away with Turkey with a resounding 3–0 scorline. Their fourth-place finish in their group resulted in the Dutch being unable to qualify for the European Championship for the first time since 1984 and the Netherlands missing out on their first major tournament since the 2002 World Cup. The failure was also seen as symbolic for Dutch football in general, since Dutch club football clubs are declining in terms of quality and also for failing to achieve in European competitions. The Dutch, along with Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina were the only nations from Pot 1 not to qualify. All three took part at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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 color of the same name. The current Dutch away shirt is white.
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.
During a public poll in the Netherlands after their elimination from the 2014 World Cup, the majority voted for Germany to win the World Cup rather than Argentina, the first time the Dutch admitted this.
The following are the home kits worn by the Netherland national team
The following are the away kits worn by the Netherland national team.
- In UEFA Euro 1980, the kit had a piece of tape over the adidas logos due to the prohibition of advertising on kits (Same solution done by European Club teams in UEFA competitions in the 1970s)
|Assistant Manager||Ruud van Nistelrooy|
|Assistant Manager||Marco van Basten|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Patrick Lodewijks|
|Fitness Coach||Rene Wormhoudt|
|Team Manager||Hans Jorritsma|
The following players were called to up the squad for the friendly matches against Wales on 13 November 2015 and Germany on 17 November 2015.
Caps and goals updated as of 13 November 2015 after the match against Wales.
The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
Results and fixtures
- 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.
|28 March 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Netherlands||1–1||Turkey||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||Huntelaar 90+2'||Report||Yılmaz 37'||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
|31 March 2015 Friendly||Netherlands||2–0||Spain||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||De Vrij 13'
|Report||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Willie Collum (Scotland)
|5 June 2015 Friendly||Netherlands||3–4||United States||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:30 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Huntelaar 27', 49'
|Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (Sweden)
|12 June 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Latvia||0–2||Netherlands||Riga, Latvia|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)
21:45 EEST (UTC+03:00)
|Stadium: Skonto Stadium
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
|3 September 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Netherlands||0–1||Iceland||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||G. Sigurðsson 51' (pen.)||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
|6 September 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Turkey||3–0||Netherlands||Konya, Turkey|
|18:00 CEST (UTC+02:00)
19:00 EEST (UTC+03:00)
|Report||Stadium: Torku Arena
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
|10 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Kazakhstan||1–2||Netherlands||Astana, Kazakhstan|
|18:00 CEST (UTC+02:00)
|Kuat 90+6'||Report||Wijnaldum 33'
|Stadium: Astana Arena
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
|13 October 2015 UEFA Euro 2016 Q||Netherlands||2–3||Czech Republic||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Huntelaar 70'
Van Persie 83'
Van Persie 66' (o.g.)
|Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
|13 November 2015 Friendly||Wales||2–3||Netherlands||Cardiff, Wales|
|19:45 GMT (UTC±00:00)||Ledley 45+3'
Robben 54', 81'
|Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
|25 March 2016 Friendly||Netherlands||v||France||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|20:45 CET (UTC+01:00)||Stadium: Amsterdam Arena
|29 March 2016 Friendly||England||v||Netherlands||London, United Kingdom|
|20:00 BST (UTC+01:00)||Stadium: Wembley Stadium
|27 May 2016 Friendly||Republic of Ireland||v||Netherlands||Dublin, Republic of Ireland|
|20:45 BST (UTC+01:00)||Stadium: Aviva Stadium
|1 June 2016 Friendly||Poland||v||Netherlands||Gdańsk, Poland|
|Stadium: Stadion Energa Gdańsk
|6 September 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Sweden||v||Netherlands||Solna, Sweden|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||Stadium: Friends Arena
|7 October 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Netherlands||v||Belarus||TBA, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||Stadium: TBA
|10 October 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Netherlands||v||France||TBA, Netherlands|
|20:45 CEST (UTC+02:00)||Report||Stadium: TBA
|13 November 2016 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Luxembourg||v||Netherlands||Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
|18:00 CET (UTC+01:00)||Report||Stadium: Stade Josy Barthel
|25 March 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Bulgaria||v||Netherlands||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia|
|9 June 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Netherlands||v||Luxembourg|
|31 August 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||France||v||Netherlands||Stade de France, Saint-Denis|
|3 September 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Netherlands||v||Bulgaria|
|7 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Belarus||v||Netherlands|
|10 October 2017 2018 FIFA World Cup Q||Netherlands||v||Sweden|
|#||Player||National career||Matches||Goals||Minutes||Total career|
|1.||Edwin van der Sar||1995–2008||130||0||11,463||1988–2011|
|3.||Frank de Boer||1990–2004||112||13||9,271||1988–2005|
|4.||Rafael van der Vaart||2001–2013||109||25||6,938||2000–|
|5.||Giovanni van Bronckhorst||1996–2010||106||6||8,215||1993–2010|
|Robin van Persie||2005–||101||50||7,290||2001–|
|#||Player||National career||Goals||Matches||Average||Minutes||Minutes per goal||Total career|
|1.||Robin van Persie (list)||2005–||50||101||0.50||7,290||148||2001–|
|Ruud van Nistelrooy||1998–2011||35||70||0.50||4,543||130||1994–2012|
FIFA World Cup record
|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|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Result||GP||W||D*||L||GS||GA|
UEFA European Championship
|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:
- Coupe Vanden Abeele
- Winners: 1905, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1914
- Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad Cup
- Winners: 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914
- 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
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- The Netherlands reached the top spot in the FIFA ranking on 10 August 2011. FIFA published the ranking on 24 August.
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