Low Countries derby

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Low Countries derby
Locale Europe (UEFA)
Teams  Belgium
 Netherlands
First meeting 30 April 1905
Belgium 1–4 Netherlands (Antwerp, Belgium) (official)
28 April 1901
Belgium 8–0 Netherlands (Antwerp, Belgium) (unofficial)[1]
Latest meeting 16 October 2018
Netherlands 1–1 Belgium (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Next meeting TBD
Statistics
Meetings total 127
Most wins Netherlands (55)
All-time record Netherlands wins: 55
Belgium wins: 41
Draws: 31
Largest victory Netherlands 8–0 Belgium
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 29 March 1936)
Largest goal scoring Netherlands 6–7 Belgium
(Rotterdam, Netherlands; 25 November 1951)
Longest win streak Netherlands (5) (three times)
Longest unbeaten streak Netherlands (10)

The Low Countries derby (Dutch: Derby der Lage Landen), is the name given in football to any match between the Belgian and Dutch national football teams. The countries have a long-standing tradition of rivalry in football, having played over 125 official Derbies so far.[A] Only Austria–Hungary and Argentina–Uruguay have been contested more often.[2] Not only have the Low Countries met 18 times in the framework of major tournaments, they have also played at least 35 friendly cup duels.[3]

All Low Countries derbies[edit]

The Dutch (foreground) and Belgian teams lining up before a 1962 derby

The full official record between the two countries is as follows:

Correct as of 16 October 2018.[4][5]

Competition Played Results Goals
Belgium Draw Netherlands Belgium Netherlands
World Cup qualifiers 12 2 3 7 7 19
World Cup 2 1 1 0 1 0
European Championship
qualifiers
2 0 0 2 1 7
European Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
Olympic Games 2 1 0 1 4 3
Friendly* 109 37 27 45 207 251
TOTAL 127 41 31 55 220 280
* Most games between 1905 and 1932 were friendly cup matches - see below.

Belgium vs. Netherlands Cups[edit]

Left: The Coupe Vanden Abeele / Right: Illustration of the first Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad-beker duel in Rotterdam in 1905

From their first friendly derbies onwards, Belgium and the Netherlands competed for floating trophies. During the encounters in Belgium the teams played for the Coupe Vanden Abeele until 1925, and in the friendlies in the Netherlands they played for the Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad-beker at least until 1932,[6] for a total of 39 Belgian-Dutch friendly cup matches (of which 35 official internationals).[3] The cup awarded in Belgium was named after and initially handed out by Frédéric Vanden Abeele Sr., father of the secretary of Beerschot Athletic Club (where the tournament took place).[7] As the Dutch disliked the design of this Belgian cup, they quickly nicknamed it Het Koperen Dingetje, meaning "The Copper Thingy".[1]

Belgium-Netherlands Cup Record
Competition Played Results Goals
Belgium Draw Netherlands Belgium Netherlands
Belgium 1905–25 Challenge F. Vanden Abeele 14 3* 3 8 25 34
Netherlands 1905–32 Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad-Beker 21 5 5 11 35 55
Total 35 8* 8 19 60 89
* Excluding the four trophies between 1901 and 1904 won by a 'Belgian' selection, as these matches are unofficial.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ as of 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Verkamman, Matty (9 Jan 1999). "Interlandvoetbal om 'koperen dingetje'/Sporteeuw (2) - 1901". Trouw (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 25 June 2016. Retrieved 9 Apr 2015.
  2. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (6 Mar 2014). "The "Derby der Lage Landen"". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Belgium national football team match results". eu-football.info. Retrieved 5 Sep 2013.
  4. ^ Stokkermans, Karel. "Belgium - List of International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Head-to-Head: Belgium v Netherlands". FIFA.com. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  6. ^ "De geschiedenis van het balspel". Leeuwarder Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 18 Mar 1932. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  7. ^ Fraiponts & Willocx 2003.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fraiponts, Jean; Willocx, Dirk (2003). Kroniek van het Belgische voetbal / Pioniers en Rode Duivels - 1863–1906 (in Dutch). Antwerp: Assoc. BE bvba. ISBN 978-90-77314-01-2. (Extract consulted online on 30 August 2010 on Beerschot Athletic Club)