Netherlands national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Oranje
Clockwork Orange[1]
The Flying Dutchmen[2]
Association Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (KNVB)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Danny Blind
Captain Arjen Robben
Most caps Edwin van der Sar (130)
Top scorer Robin van Persie (50)
Home stadium Amsterdam Arena (53,502)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 16 Decrease 2 (5 November 2015)
Highest 1[3] (August–September 2011)
Lowest 25 (May 1998)
Elo ranking
Current 9 (9 September 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)
First international
 Belgium 1–4 (aet) 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)[4][5]
World Cup
Appearances 10 (First in 1934)
Best result Runners-up, 1974, 1978, 2010
European Championship
Appearances 9 (First in 1976)
Best result Champions, 1988

The Netherlands national football team (Dutch: Het Nederlands Elftal) 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 (also colloquially) referred to as Holland.[6]

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.[7] They won the UEFA European Championship in 1988.[8]


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 game went into extra time, in which Eddy de Neve scored three times, making the score 4–1 for the Dutch side.[9]

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 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."[10]

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.[11] 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.

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

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.[12] 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. As soon as he took office, after defeating Spain with the result of 1–0 on 27 March, the Netherland won the Unofficial Football World Championships (UFWC). In addition, 21 August the Netherlands won the Nasazzi's Baton defeating Norway with the result of 1–0 unifying for the first time in history and forever the two trophies. [13] [14]

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 & 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.[15] 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.[16]

Netherlands – France at Euro 2008

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. This was the Netherlands' first victory over Italy since 1978. On 13 June 2008, in their second group match against France who were the World Cup runners-up, 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.

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 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 halftime 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. 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 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 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.

Euro 2012[edit]

Netherlands were 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.[17][18] Manager Bert van Marwijk resigned after this disappointment.[19]

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Louis van Gaal, who had formerly coached the Netherlands' unsuccessful 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification, became manager for the second time. 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. The team avenged their 2010 defeat by defeating the title holders 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 which gave him the nickname "The Flying Dutchman".[20] The second match against Australia was won in comeback fashion after trailing Australia 2–1; the Dutch won 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 Dutch team leaves the field after losing to Argentina

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 quarterfinals where they faced Costa Rica, the Dutch had many shots on goal but could not score as the match finished 0–0 after extra time. Netherlands won the penalty shootout 4–3, thanks to 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 FIFA World Cup history a goalkeeper was brought onto the field solely to participate in a shootout.[21] In the semi-final game against Argentina, the Netherlands had one good chance by Arjen Robben while managing to contain Argentine superstar Lionel Messi. Both teams finished scoreless after extra time. However, in the shootout Holland were eliminated 4–2, with Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder having their spot kicks saved.[22] 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 3rd-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 Holland'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 keeper 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,[23] received praise for getting more out of the young and inexperienced Netherlands squad than many expected.[24][25]

Euro 2016 failure[edit]

Louis van Gaal already announced a year before the expiration of his contract after the World Cup 2014 that he would leave his Oranje post and his resignation took effect at the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, due to becoming a manager at Manchester United and he was succeeded as manager by Guus Hiddink, who had previously coached the team to fourth in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, for the UEFA Euro 2016 campaign. 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 Dutch football association based this construction on the successful German model of Joachim Löw succeeding Jürgen Klinsmann at the end of the World Cup 2006. The announcement of Hiddink taking over was met with mixed reactions. Ronald Koeman claimed he was meant to be the head coach to succeed Louis van Gaal after the expiration of his contract at Feyenoord Rotterdam and the Dutch football association promised this to Koeman. Koeman was furious about the decision of being passed on for the job and chose being head coach of English football 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, Guus Hiddink left his position and he was succeeded by Danny 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. Their fourth place in their group resulted in the Dutch being unable to qualify for the first time since UEFA Euro 1984, which was also hosted in France, and the Netherlands missing out on their first major tournament since the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[26][27] 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.

Team image[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 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.

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 provider Period
Germany Adidas 1970–1990
Italy Lotto 1991–1996
United States Nike 1996–


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.[29]

During a public poll in the Netherlands after their elimination from the FIFA World Cup 2014, the majority voted for Germany to win the World Cup rather than Argentina which is the first time the Dutch admitted this.

To a minor extent, Netherlands maintains a rivalry with their other neighbours, Belgium; a Belgian-Dutch (football) duel is referred to as a Low Countries derby.


Kits Evolution[edit]

The following are the home kits worn by the Netherland national team

Home kit until 1904
1974 (alt.)
1978 (alt.)
1988 (alt.)
2002 (alt.)
2004 (alt.)
2006 (alt.)
2008 (alt.)
2010 (alt.)
2014 (alt.)

The following are the away kits worn by the Netherland national team.

1934 World Cup
1996 Euros
2010 (alt.)
2015 (alt.)
  • 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)

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Notes
Manager Netherlands Danny Blind
Assistant Manager Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy
Assistant Manager Netherlands Marco van Basten
Goalkeeping Coach Netherlands Patrick Lodewijks
Fitness Coach Netherlands Rene Wormhoudt
Team Manager Netherlands Hans Jorritsma
Physician Netherlands Gert-Jan Goudswaard

Current squad[edit]

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.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
22 1GK Maarten Stekelenburg (1982-09-22) 22 September 1982 (age 33) 54 0 England Southampton
1 1GK Jasper Cillessen (1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 (age 26) 26 0 Netherlands Ajax
23 1GK Jeroen Zoet (1991-01-06) 6 January 1991 (age 24) 2 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
8 2DF Daley Blind (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 25) 34 2 England Manchester United
2 2DF Daryl Janmaat (1989-07-22) 22 July 1989 (age 26) 27 0 England Newcastle United
15 2DF Erik Pieters (1988-08-07) 7 August 1988 (age 27) 18 0 England Stoke City
3 2DF Jeffrey Bruma (1991-11-13) 13 November 1991 (age 24) 14 1 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
13 2DF Joël Veltman (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 23) 8 0 Netherlands Ajax
5 2DF Terence Kongolo (1994-02-14) 14 February 1994 (age 21) 3 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
12 2DF Kenny Tete (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 20) 2 0 Netherlands Ajax
10 3MF Wesley Sneijder (1984-06-09) 9 June 1984 (age 31) 120 29 Turkey Galatasaray
17 3MF Georginio Wijnaldum (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 25) 25 4 England Newcastle United
6 3MF Jordy Clasie (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 24) 13 0 England Southampton
16 3MF Marko Vejinović (1990-02-03) 3 February 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
19 4FW Klaas Jan Huntelaar (1983-08-12) 12 August 1983 (age 32) 76 42 Germany Schalke 04
21 4FW Memphis Depay (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 21) 21 3 England Manchester United
14 4FW Luuk de Jong (1990-08-27) 27 August 1990 (age 25) 9 1 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
7 4FW Quincy Promes (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 23) 7 0 Russia Spartak Moscow
9 4FW Bas Dost (1989-05-31) 31 May 1989 (age 26) 4 1 Germany Wolfsburg
11 4FW Arjen Robben (1984-01-23) 23 January 1984 (age 31) 88 30 Germany Bayern Munich
18 4FW Jürgen Locadia (1993-11-07) 7 November 1993 (age 22) 0 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven

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 Kenneth Vermeer (1986-01-10) 10 January 1986 (age 29) 5 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Wales, 13 November 2015 INJ
GK Tim Krul (1988-04-03) 3 April 1988 (age 27) 8 0 England Newcastle United v.  Kazakhstan, 10 October 2015 INJ
DF Virgil van Dijk (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 (age 24) 3 0 England Southampton v.  Wales, 13 November 2015 INJ
DF Jaïro Riedewald (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 19) 3 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Wales, 13 November 2015 INJ
DF Karim Rekik (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 23) 1 0 France Marseille v.  Wales, 13 November 2015 PRE
DF Gregory van der Wiel (1988-02-03) 3 February 1988 (age 27) 46 0 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  Czech Republic, 13 October 2015
DF Rick Karsdorp (1995-02-11) 11 February 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Kazakhstan, 10 October 2015 PRE
DF Stefan de Vrij (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 23) 30 3 Italy Lazio v.  Turkey, 6 September 2015
DF Bruno Martins Indi (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 23) 31 2 Portugal Porto v.  Iceland, 3 September 2015
DF Paul Verhaegh (1983-09-01) 1 September 1983 (age 32) 3 0 Germany Augsburg v.  Iceland, 3 September 2015 PRE
DF Jetro Willems (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 21) 16 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  Latvia, 12 June 2015
DF Ron Vlaar (1985-02-16) 16 February 1985 (age 30) 32 1 Unattached v.  United States, 5 June 2015 INJ
DF Sven van Beek (1994-07-28) 28 July 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  United States, 5 June 2015 PRE/INJ
DF Ricardo van Rhijn (1991-06-13) 13 June 1991 (age 24) 8 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Turkey, 28 March 2015 PRE
MF Riechedly Bazoer (1996-10-12) 12 October 1996 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Wales, 13 November 2015 INJ
MF Davy Klaassen (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 22) 4 1 Netherlands Ajax v.  Wales, 13 November 2015 INJ
MF Vurnon Anita (1989-04-04) 4 April 1989 (age 26) 3 0 England Newcastle United v.  Wales, 13 November 2015 PRE
MF Ibrahim Afellay (1986-04-02) 2 April 1986 (age 29) 51 6 England Stoke City v.  Czech Republic, 13 October 2015
MF Nigel de Jong (1984-11-13) 13 November 1984 (age 31) 81 1 Italy Milan v.  Iceland, 3 September 2015 PRE
MF Marco van Ginkel (1992-12-01) 1 December 1992 (age 22) 2 0 England Stoke City v.  Iceland, 3 September 2015 PRE
MF Davy Pröpper (1991-09-02) 2 September 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  United States, 5 June 2015
MF Tjaronn Chery (1988-06-04) 4 June 1988 (age 27) 0 0 England Queens Park Rangers v.  United States, 5 June 2015
MF Leroy Fer (1990-01-05) 5 January 1990 (age 25) 11 1 England Queens Park Rangers v.  United States, 5 June 2015 PRE
MF Jonathan De Guzmán (1987-09-13) 13 September 1987 (age 28) 14 0 Italy Napoli v.  Spain, 31 March 2015
FW Eljero Elia (1987-02-13) 13 February 1987 (age 28) 27 2 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Wales, 13 November 2015 INJ
FW Anwar el Ghazi (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995 (age 20) 2 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Wales, 13 November 2015 PRE
FW Robin van Persie (1983-08-06) 6 August 1983 (age 32) 101 50 Turkey Fenerbahçe v.  Czech Republic, 13 October 2015
FW Jeremain Lens (1987-11-24) 24 November 1987 (age 28) 31 8 England Sunderland v.  Czech Republic, 13 October 2015
FW Luciano Narsingh (1990-09-13) 13 September 1990 (age 25) 15 3 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  Kazakhstan, 10 October 2015 PRE
FW Steven Berghuis (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 23) 0 0 England Watford v.  Latvia, 12 June 2015

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.

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. The time in the Netherlands is shown first. If the local time is different, it will be displayed below.




Most capped[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Last updated: 13 November 2015
Source: (Dutch)

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

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 Round 1 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 Third Place 3rd 7 5 2 0 15 4 10 9 1 0 34 5
Russia 2018 To be determined
Qatar 2022
Total Runners-Up 10/20 50 27 12 11 86 48 115 76 23 16 275 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
Total 7/10 23 9 1 9 46 41

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 Third Place 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
France 2016 Did Not Qualify
European Union 2020 To be determined
Total 1 Title 9/15 35 17 8 10 57 37


Competition 1st 2nd 3rd Total
World Cup 0 3 1 4
European Championship 1 0 3 4
Olympic Games 0 0 3 3
Total 1 3 7 11
This is a list of honours for the senior Dutch national team
The bronze medalists of the 1912 Summer Olympics

Other Tournaments[edit]

See also[edit]


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Preceded by
1984 France 
European Champions
1988 (First title)
Succeeded by
1992 Denmark 
Preceded by
FIFA Team of the Year
Succeeded by