Netherlands national football team

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Netherlands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Oranje
Holland
Clockwork Orange
The Flying Dutchmen[1]
AssociationKoninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (KNVB)
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachLouis van Gaal
CaptainVirgil van Dijk
Most capsWesley Sneijder (134)
Top scorerRobin van Persie (50)
Home stadiumJohan Cruyff Arena
De Kuip
Philips Stadion
De Grolsch Veste
FIFA codeNED
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 8 Steady (6 October 2022)[2]
Highest1[3] (August 2011)
Lowest36[4] (August 2017)
First international
 Belgium 1–4 Netherlands 
(Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905)
Biggest win
 Netherlands 11–0 San Marino 
(Eindhoven, Netherlands; 2 September 2011)
Biggest defeat
 England Amateurs 12–2 Netherlands 
(Darlington, England; 21 December 1907)[A]
World Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1934)
Best resultRunners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)
European Championship
Appearances10 (first in 1976)
Best resultChampions (1988)
Nations League Finals
Appearances2 (first in 2019)
Best resultRunners-up (2019)
Websiteonsoranje.nl (in Dutch)

The Netherlands national football team (Dutch: Het Nederlands Elftal) has represented the Netherlands in international men's football matches since 1905. The men's national team is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), the governing body for football in the Netherlands, which is a part of UEFA, and under the jurisdiction of FIFA. They are widely considered one of the best national teams in world football and widely regarded as one of the greatest national teams of all time.[6][7][8] Most of the Netherlands' home matches are played at the Johan Cruyff Arena, De Kuip, Philips Stadion and De Grolsch Veste.

The team is colloquially referred to as Het Nederlands Elftal (The Dutch Eleven) or Oranje, after the House of Orange-Nassau and their distinctive orange jerseys. Informally the team, like the country itself, was referred to as Holland. The fan club is known as Het Oranje Legioen (The Orange Legion).[9]

The Netherlands has competed in eleven FIFA World Cups, appearing in the final three times (in 1974, 1978 and 2010). They finished runners-up on all three occasions. They have also appeared in ten UEFA European Championships, winning the 1988 tournament in West Germany. Additionally, the team won a bronze medal at the Olympic football tournament in 1908, 1912 and 1920. The Netherlands has long-standing football rivalries with neighbours Belgium and Germany.

History[edit]

Beginnings: 1905–1969[edit]

1905 Netherlands team

The Netherlands played their first international match in Antwerp against Belgium on 30 April 1905, with the players selected by a five-member commission from the Dutch Football Association. After 90 minutes, the score was 1–1. As the match was for the Coupe van den Abeele, it went into extra-time, during which Eddy de Neve scored three times, making the score 4–1 for the Netherlands.[10] Some historians attribute one of the goals scored to Willem Hesselink.[11]

In 1908, the Netherlands competed in their first official tournament appearance at the Summer Olympic in London. They received a bronze medal after losing to Great Britain in the semi-finals, before defeating Sweden in the bronze medal match 2–0.[12] At the Olympic Games in 1912 and 1920, the Netherlands finished with the bronze medal as they lost to Denmark and Belgium in the respective tournament.[13][14]

Netherlands make their way out to face Switzerland at the 1934 FIFA World Cup.

The Netherlands reached the semi-finals at the 1924 Summer Olympic in Paris after winning against Romania and Ireland. In the semi-finals, they gave up a one-goal lead, scored by Kees Pijl, to lose 2–1 versus Uruguay and were relegated to the third place playoff for the fourth time,[15] losing to Sweden in a replay.[16]

After being eliminated in the first round at the 1928 Summer Olympic on home turf,[17] they skipped the first World Cup in 1930 due to the cost of travel from Europe to South America.[18] The team made their first appearance at a FIFA World Cup in 1934 where they took on Switzerland. Kick Smit was the first goalscorer for the Netherlands in a World Cup. The team was eliminated in the opening round by Switzerland 3–2.[19] A second appearance at the 1938 World Cup resulted in a first-round elimination against Czechoslovakia.[20]

After the Second World War, the Netherlands qualified for only two international tournament before the 1970s: the 1948 Summer Olympic in Great Britain and the 1952 Summer Olympic in Finland. They suffered early elimination, losing to the hosts in 1948[21] and Brazil in 1952.[22]

Total football in the 1970s and first golden generation[edit]

During the 1970s, total football (Dutch: Totaalvoetbal) was invented, pioneered by Ajax and led by playmaker Johan Cruyff and national team head coach Rinus Michels. The Netherlands made significant strides, qualifying for two World Cup finals in the decade. Carlos Alberto, captain of the Brazilian team that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup said, "The only team I've seen that did things differently was Holland at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany. Since then everything looks more or less the same to me ... Their 'carousel' style of play was amazing to watch and marvelous for the game."[23]

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

In 1974, the Netherlands beat both Brazil and Argentina in the second group stage, reaching the finals for the first time in their history. However, they lost to West Germany in the finals in Munich, despite having gone up 1–0 through Johan Neeskens' early penalty kick before a German had even touched the ball. However, a converted penalty by Paul Breitner and the winner from Gerd Müller, led to a victory for the German.[24]

The 1976 European Championship saw the Netherlands make their first European Championship. Czechoslovakia kept Cruyff and Van Hanegem within arms-length and defeated the Netherlands in extra time.[25] The Netherlands finished in third place after defeating the hosts (Yugoslavia) in extra time.[26]

In 1978, the Netherlands qualified for the World Cup in Argentina. The team was missing Johan Cruyff due to a kidnapping attempt,[27] and Willem van Hanegem. But the squad still had players like Jan Jongbloed, Wim Suurbier and Ruud Krol from the previous World Cup.[28] After finishing runners-up in Group 4 behind Peru, they recorded wins against Austria and Italy to set up a finals with Argentina. After a controversial start, with Argentina questioning the plaster cast on René van de Kerkhof's wrist, the match headed to extra time where the Netherlands lost 3–1 after two extra time goals from Mario Kempes and Daniel Bertoni.[29]

1980s: Decline before European champions[edit]

Euro '80 was the last tournament for which the Total Football team qualified. Despite the tournament format being expanded that year they did not advance past the group stage as they finished behind Czechoslovakia by goal difference.[30]

Veterans such as Krol and Rensenbrink retired soon afterwards and the Netherlands hit a low point in their history: they missed the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Euro 1984 in France, and the 1986 World Cup in Mexico; they missed the French tournament by virtue of goals scored when Spain scored twelve in the final game against Malta. While both teams had the same goal difference (+16), Spain qualified having scored two more goals than the Netherlands.[31] During the qualification stage for the 1986 World Cup the Netherlands finished in second place and advanced to the playoffs against neighbours Belgium. After losing the first leg 1–0 in Brussels, they held a 2–0 lead at Rotterdam with a few minutes remaining. Georges Grün's header in the 84th minute resulted in the Netherlands' elimination as Belgium advanced to the World Cup on away goals.[32][33]

The 1988 trophy on display in Amsterdam

Rinus Michels returned, with his technical assistant Nol de Ruiter, to coach the team for Euro 1988 in West Germany. After losing the first group match against the Soviet Union 1–0, the Netherlands qualified for the semi-finals by defeating England 3–1 (with a hat-trick by Marco van Basten), and the Republic of Ireland 1–0. Van Basten scored against the hosts in the 89th minute to sink the German side, revenge for the 1974 World Cup.[34] The Netherlands won the finals with a victory over the USSR with a header by Ruud Gullit and a volley by Van Basten. This was the national team's first major tournament win.[35]

The Netherlands was one of the favourites for the 1990 World Cup tournament in Italy,[36] but they scored only two goals in the group stage which featured England, Egypt and the Republic of Ireland. After finishing the group stage with identical records, the Netherlands and the Republic of Ireland drew lots to determine which team would finish second. The Netherlands had the tougher draw against West Germany, while the Republic of Ireland faced Romania.[37] The match against West Germany is mostly remembered for the spitting incident involving Frank Rijkaard and Rudi Völler as the Netherlands were defeated 2–1.[34]

The team reached the semi-finals in the Euro 1992 in Sweden, known for the emergence of Dennis Bergkamp. They were eliminated by eventual champions Denmark when Peter Schmeichel saved Van Basten's kick in the penalty shootout.[38] This was Van Basten's last major tournament as he suffered a serious ankle injury shortly after, and eventually retired at age 30 in 1995. It was also the last hurrah for Rinus Michels, who returned for one finals 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 would be replaced by Johan Cruyff the following year.[39] But after talks between Cruyff and the KNVB broke down, Advocaat remained in charge of the national team for the World Cup.[40] In the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Van Basten and striker Ruud Gullit were injured;[41] 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.[42]

Second golden generation: 1996–2014[edit]

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

After finishing second in their Euro 1996 group, they played France in the quarter-finals. With the score nil all, the match went to penalties. Clarence Seedorf's shot in the fourth round was stopped by French goalkeeper Bernard Lama, but the goal by Laurent Blanc eliminated the Netherlands.[43] After they finished top of the qualifying group, they were drawn in Group E of the 1998 World Cup. With the Netherlands team featuring Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Phillip Cocu, Edgar Davids, Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer and Patrick Kluivert, they reached the semi-finals where they again lost on penalties, this time to Brazil. They then lost the third place playoff to Croatia.[44][45] Soon afterwards, manager Guus Hiddink resigned to be replaced by Frank Rijkaard. The Netherlands co-hosted Euro 2000 with Belgium and won all three games in the group stage and then defeated FR Yugoslavia 6–1 in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, Italian goalkeeper Francesco Toldo made two penalty shootout saves to eliminate the Netherlands. The team failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup after crucial losses to Portugal and the Republic of Ireland, prompting manager Louis van Gaal to resign.[46]

Netherlands at the 2006 World Cup

Dick Advocaat became the national coach of the Netherlands for the second time in January 2002.[47] His first match was a 1–1 draw against England in Rotterdam.[48] The national team finished second place in their qualifying group for the 2004 Euro. Having to play in the playoffs after losing to the Czech Republic,[49] they knocked out Scotland with a 6–0 win in the second leg to qualify for the 2004 tournament.[50] The tournament saw the Netherlands made it to the semi-finals where they lost to the hosts in Portugal.[51] Heavy criticism of his handling of the national team lead Advocaat to quit.[52]

The Netherlands qualified for the 2006 World Cup under new manager Marco van Basten. They were eliminated in the second round after losing 1–0 to Portugal. The match produced 16 yellow cards, matching 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 per side;[53] it was nicknamed "the Battle of Nuremberg" by the press.[54] Despite criticism surrounding his selection policy and the lack of attacking football from his team, Van Basten was offered a two-year extension to his contract by the KNVB. This allowed him to serve as national coach during Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.[55] The Netherlands qualified for Euro 2008, where they were drawn in the "Group of Death", together with France, Italy and Romania.[56] They began with a 3–0 win over world champions Italy in Bern, their first victory over the Italians since 1978. They then beat France by 4–1 to qualify for the second round, and went on winning the group on nine points after beating Romania 2–0 with (mainly) their reserve players. However, they then lost in the quarter-finals to Guus Hiddink's Russia 3–1, with Ruud van Nistelrooy scoring an 86th-minute equaliser to force extra time, where the Russian scored twice. Following the tournament, Van Basten resigned having accepted the role at Ajax.[57]

Netherlands – France at Euro 2008
Netherlands – Denmark at the 2010 World Cup

Under new coach Bert van Marwijk, the Netherlands went on to secure a 100% record in their World Cup 2010 qualification campaign, winning all their eight games to qualify for the World Cup. After they had comfortably qualified with maximum points in Group E[58] and Slovakia[59] in the round of 16, they took on Brazil in the quarter-finals. After trailing 1–0 at half-time, Wesley Sneijder scored two goals in the second half to advance the team to the semis where they beat Uruguay 3–2.[60] They advanced to their first World Cup finals since 1978 but fell to Spain 1–0 after midfielder Andrés Iniesta scored in extra time.[61] From August to September 2011, the team was ranked number one in the FIFA World Ranking,[62] becoming the second national football team, after Spain, to top the ranking without previously winning a World Cup.

For Euro 2012, the Netherlands were placed in Group B with Germany, Portugal and Denmark, dubbed the tournament "Group of Death".[63] The Netherlands lost all three of their group matches in a tournament for the first time in their history. Netherlands football legend Johan Cruyff criticised the team's star players for poor build up play and sloppy execution of the easy passes.[64][65] Manager Bert van Marwijk resigned after the disappointment.[66]

Louis van Gaal became the manager for the second time. In the 2014 World Cup UEFA qualifying round, the Netherlands won nine games and drew one, topping the group and earning automatic qualification. They were drawn into Group B, alongside Spain, Chile and Australia. The team avenged their 2010 defeat by defeating title holders Spain 5–1 in their opening match, with Robin van Persie scoring an impressive header to equalize in the 44th minute. Van Persie scored another, Arjen Robben scored a brace and Stefan de Vrij scored one.[67]

The Netherlands team leaves the field after losing to Argentina at the 2014 World Cup.

After finishing top of Group B, the Netherlands defeated Mexico 2–1 in the round of 16, with Wesley Sneijder equalising late in the match and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scoring a controversial penalty after a foul on Arjen Robben in stoppage time.[68] In the quarter-finals, where they faced Costa Rica, the Netherlands had many shots on goal but could not score; the match finished in a 0–0 draw after extra time. The Netherlands won the ensuing penalty shootout 4–3. This was due in large part to backup goalkeeper Tim Krul who was brought on just before the end of extra time and made two saves. This marked the first time in World Cup history a goalkeeper was brought onto the field solely to participate in a shootout.[69]

The semi-finals against Argentina saw the Netherlands having a decent chance to score from Arjen Robben while containing Lionel Messi as it remained scoreless after extra time. However, in penalty kicks, the Netherlands were eliminated 4–2, with Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder having their spot kicks saved by Sergio Romero.[70] The Netherlands won the third place match against hosts Brazil. Van Gaal, who successfully motivated the team after their semi-finals elimination,[71] received praise for getting more out of the young and inexperienced Netherlands squad than many expected.[72][73]

Decline and recovery: 2014–present[edit]

Guus Hiddink followed Van Gaal as manager for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. On 29 June 2015, Hiddink resigned and was succeeded by assistant Danny Blind. The Netherlands finished fourth in their group failing to qualify for the European Championship for the first time since 1984, and missing a major tournament for the first time since the 2002 World Cup.[74] The team's poor form continued into the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, eventually resulting in Blind being dismissed after a 2–0 defeat to Bulgaria in March 2017. After the return of Dick Advocaat as coach, the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, finishing third in Group A behind France and Sweden.[75]

In February 2018, Advocaat was replaced by Ronald Koeman, on a contract until the summer of 2022.[76] The Netherlands qualified for League A in the UEFA Nations League which they would win to qualify for the final four after drawing with Germany on the last match day, beating France on the head-to-head record.[77] The Netherlands beat England in the semi-finals of the Nations League, but lost 1–0 in the final against Portugal.[78]

The Netherlands qualified for the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship on 16 November 2019 after drawing with Northern Ireland,[79] marking their tenth participation in the UEFA Euro championship. Following the qualification, Ronald Koeman resigned from the team to coach FC Barcelona, eventually to be succeeded by Frank de Boer.

Without Ronald Koeman in charge, the Netherlands struggled in the new Nations League season, where they joined Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Italy. The Netherlands won 1–0 at home by courtesy of Steven Bergwijn after a difficult game where Poland played very defensive against the Netherlands.[80] However, also at the home ground, the Netherlands fell by the same score to Italy and lost their leading position to the Italians as well.[81] Eventually, the Netherlands improved, and obtained important wins over Bosnia at home and Poland away, but a disappointing away draw to Bosnia proved crucial. Despite a strong display in their last group match against Italy, the match in Bergamo resulted in yet another draw. The Netherlands came within a point of progressing but eventually failed to acquire the ticket for the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals.[82][83][84][85]

With the coronavirus postponing Euro 2020 to 2021, the Netherlands played their group matches at home at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, beating Ukraine 3–2, Austria 2–0 and North Macedonia 3–0. However, the tournament ended in disappointment for the Netherlands once more, as they were beaten 2–0 by the Czech Republic in their Round of 16 tie in Budapest, after a Matthijs de Ligt red card. Two days later, De Boer left his position.[86] He was replaced by Louis van Gaal, who came out of retirement to return for a third spell in charge of the side.[87] On 16 November 2021, the Netherlands qualified for the 2022 World Cup after beating Norway 2–0 and topping their qualification group on the final day.

Team image[edit]

Kits and crest[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 title of the ruling head of state, Prince of Orange. The current Netherlands away shirt is black. The lion on the crest is the Netherlands' national and royal animal and has been on the crest since 1907 when they won 3–1 over Belgium.[88]

Nike is the national team's kit provider, a sponsorship that began in 1996 and is contracted to continue until at least 2026.[89] Before that the team was supplied by Adidas and Lotto.[90]

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit supplier Period Notes
England Umbro 1966–1974
Germany Adidas 1974–1990
Italy Lotto 1991–1996
United States Nike 1996–present

Rivalries[edit]

Deeply rooted in anti-German sentiment due to the occupation of the Netherlands by Germany during World War II, the Netherlands' long-time football rival is Germany. Beginning in 1974, when the Netherlands lost the 1974 World Cup to West Germany in the finals, the rivalry between the two nations has become one of the best-known in international football.[91][92]

To a lesser extent, the Netherlands maintains a rivalry with their other neighbour, Belgium; a Belgium–Netherlands fixture is referred to as a Low Countries derby. They have played in 126 matches as of May 2018 with the two competing against each other regularly between 1905 and 1964. This has diminished due to the rise of semi-professional football.[93]

Media coverage[edit]

The Netherlands national football team matches have broadcast on Nederlandse Omroep Stichting which includes all friendlies, Nations League and World Cup qualifiers. The newest contract is a four-year deal until 2022.[94]

Home stadium[edit]

The Netherlands play most of their matches at Johan Cruyff Arena.

The Netherlands national team does not have a national stadium but plays mostly at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. It played host to its first Netherlands international game back in 1997, a 1998 World Cup qualification match against San Marino which the Netherlands won 4–0.[95] It was formally called the Amsterdam Arena until 2018 when it was renamed in memory of Johan Cruyff.[96]

Over the last few years, De Kuip in Rotterdam has hosted matches more regularly. Occasionally, matches take place at Philips Stadion in Eindhoven and the De Grolsch Veste in Enschede.[97]

Results and fixtures[edit]

The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the past or in the upcoming 12 months. The time in the Netherlands is shown unless the match is in a different time zone.

2022[edit]

26 March 2022 Friendly Netherlands  4–2  Denmark Amsterdam, Netherlands
20:45 CET (UTC+1)
  • Bergwijn 16', 71'
  • Aké 29'
  • Depay 38' (pen.)
Report Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Attendance: 39,440
Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)
29 March 2022 Friendly Netherlands  1–1  Germany Amsterdam, Netherlands
20:45 CEST (UTC+2) Report
Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Attendance: 50,387
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
14 June 2022–23 UEFA Nations League group stage Netherlands  3–2  Wales Rotterdam, Netherlands
20:45 CEST (UTC+2)
Report
Stadium: Stadion Feijenoord
Attendance: 37,247
Referee: Horațiu Feșnic (Romania)
25 September 2022–23 UEFA Nations League group stage Netherlands  1–0  Belgium Amsterdam, Netherlands
20:45 CEST (UTC+2) Van Dijk 73' Report Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Attendance: 52,314
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
20 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Senegal  0–2  Netherlands Doha, Qatar
19:00 AST (UTC+3) Report
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
Attendance: 41,721
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)
25 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Netherlands  1–1  Ecuador Al Rayyan, Qatar
19:00 AST (UTC+3) Gakpo 6' Report Valencia 49' Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium
Attendance: 44,833
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (Algeria)
29 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Netherlands  2–0  Qatar Al Khor, Qatar
18:00 AST (UTC+3)
Report Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
Attendance: 66,784
Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
3 December 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup R16 Netherlands  3–1  United States Al Rayyan, Qatar
18:00 AST (UTC+3)
Report
Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium
Attendance: 44,846
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)

2023[edit]

24 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying France  v  Netherlands TBD, France
20:45 CET (UTC+1) Report Stadium: TBD
27 March 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Netherlands  v  Gibraltar TBD, Netherlands
20:45 CET (UTC+1) Report Stadium: TBD
14 June 2023 2023 UEFA Nations League Semi-final Netherlands  v TBD TBD, Netherlands
Stadium: TBD
18 June 2023 2023 UEFA Nations League Third place or Final Netherlands  v TBD TBD, Netherlands
Stadium: TBD
7 September 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Netherlands  v  Greece TBD, Netherlands
20:45 CEST (UTC+2) Report Stadium: TBD
13 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Netherlands  v  France TBD, Netherlands
20:45 CEST (UTC+2) Report Stadium: TBD
16 October 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Greece  v  Netherlands TBD, Greece
21:45 EEST (UTC+3) Report Stadium: TBD
18 November 2023 UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying Netherlands  v  Republic of Ireland TBD, Netherlands
20:45 CET (UTC+1) Report Stadium: TBD

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Netherlands Louis van Gaal
Assistant coach(es) Netherlands Danny Blind
Netherlands Edgar Davids
Goalkeeping coach Netherlands Frans Hoek
Fitness coaches Netherlands Jan Kluitenberg
Netherlands Martin Cruijff
Team manager Netherlands Cor Asp
Sports Scientist Netherlands David van Maurik
Physiotherapist(s) Netherlands Ricardo de Sanders
Netherlands Gert-Jan Goudswaard
Netherlands Luc van Agt
Doctor(s) Netherlands Edwin Goedhart
Netherlands Rien Heijboer
Masseurs Netherlands Rob Koster
Analyst(s) Netherlands Cees Lok
Netherlands Gert Aandewiel
Netherlands Dennis Demmers

Coaching history[edit]

There have been 38 different coaches who have taken the role as head coach of the Netherlands national football team. The team's first coach was Cees van Hasselt, who took charge of their first match against Belgium in 1905.[98] Bob Glendenning holds the record for the longest tenure as Netherlands coach, having served in the role for a total of 16 years over two spells: in 1923, and from 1925 to 1940. He also coached the Netherlands team the most times in history with 87 matches, 25 more than second-placed coach Dick Advocaat. Advocaat has the most wins as coach, with 37 to Glendenning's 36.[99]

From To Name P W D L Competitions Notes
30 April 1905 10 May 1908 Netherlands Cees van Hasselt 11 6 0 5
22 November 1908 15 November 1913 England Edgar Chadwick 24 14 2 8 1908 Olympics
1912 Olympics
16 November 1910 ? England Jimmy Hogan 1 1 0 0 Caretaker manager
17 November 1912 ? England Fred Warburton 1 1 0 0 Caretaker manager
20 April 1913 ? England Tom Bradshaw 1 0 0 1 Caretaker manager
15 March 1914 17 May 1914 Scotland Billy Hunter 4 2 1 1
9 June 1919 ? England Jack Reynolds 1 1 0 0
24 August 1919 10 May 1923 England Frederick Warburton 21 (20) 8 (7) 6 (6) 7 (7) 1920 Olympics
12 June 1921 ? England Jim Waites 1 0 1 0 Caretaker manager
25 October 1923 ? England Bob Glendenning 1 1 0 0
23 March 1924 9 June 1924 England William Townley 8 2 3 3 1924 Olympics
2 November 1924 ? England Jan Bollington 1 1 0 0
15 March 1925 21 April 1940 England Bob Glendenning 87 (86) 36 (35) 15 (15) 36 (36) 1928 Olympics
1934 FIFA World Cup
1938 FIFA World Cup
10 March 1946 27 November 1946 Netherlands Karel Kaufman 4 2 1 1
7 April 1947 30 June 1948 England Jesse Carver 10 6 2 2 1948 Olympics
21 November 1948 ? Scotland Tom Sneddon 1 0 1 0
13 March 1949 23 April 1949 Netherlands Karel Kaufman 6 (2) 3 (1) 2 (1) 1 (0)
12 June 1949 30 May 1954 Netherlands Jaap van der Leck 29 5 3 21 1952 Olympics
24 October 1954 ? Netherlands Karel Kaufman 7 (1) 3 (0) 2 (0) 2 (1)
13 March 1955 ? Austria Friedrich Donenfeld 1 0 1 0
3 April 1955 6 June 1956 Austria Max Merkel 10 7 1 2
15 September 1956 ? Austria Heinrich "Wudi" Müller 1 1 0 0
14 October 1956 4 November 1956 Austria Friedrich Donenfeld 3 (2) 1 (1) 2 (1) 0 (0)
30 January 1957 26 May 1957 England George Hardwick 5 1 1 3
11 September 1957 24 May 1964 Romania Elek Schwartz 49 19 12 18
30 September 1964 14 November 1965 England Denis Neville 8 2 3 3
23 March 1966 28 January 1970 West Germany Georg Keßler 28 10 6 12
11 October 1970 18 November 1973 Czechoslovakia František Fadrhonc 20 13 4 3
27 March 1974 7 July 1974 Netherlands Rinus Michels 10 6 3 1 1974 FIFA World Cup
4 September 1974 19 June 1976 Netherlands George Knobel 15 9 1 5 UEFA Euro 1976
8 September 1976 26 March 1977 Netherlands Jan Zwartkruis 4 3 1 0
31 August 1977 24 June 1978 Austria Ernst Happel 12 8 2 2 1978 FIFA World Cup
5 October 1977 26 October 1977 Netherlands Jan Zwartkruis 11 (1) 7 (1) 4 (1) 0 (0) Caretaker manager
20 September 1978 6 January 1981 Netherlands Jan Zwartkruis 28 (22) 12 (8) 8 (6) 8 (8) UEFA Euro 1980
22 February 1981 22 February 1981 Netherlands Rob Baan 1 1 0 0 Caretaker manager
23 March 1981 17 October 1984 Netherlands Kees Rijvers 21 10 3 8
29 April 1981 29 April 1981 Netherlands Rob Baan 2 (1) 2 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0) Caretaker manager
14 November 1984 23 December 1984 Netherlands Rinus Michels 12 (2) 7 (1) 3 (0) 2 (1)
27 February 1985 12 March 1986 Netherlands Leo Beenhakker 7 5 1 1
29 April 1986 25 June 1988 Netherlands Rinus Michels 34 (22) 19 (12) 9 (6) 6 (4) UEFA Euro 1988
14 September 1988 20 December 1989 Netherlands Thijs Libregts 11 6 3 2
21 February 1990 28 March 1990 Netherlands Nol de Ruiter 2 0 1 1 Caretaker manager
30 May 1990 24 June 1990 Netherlands Leo Beenhakker 13 (6) 6 (1) 4 (3) 3 (2) 1990 FIFA World Cup
26 September 1990 22 June 1992 Netherlands Rinus Michels 53 (19) 30 (11) 14 (5) 9 (3) UEFA Euro 1992
9 September 1992 14 December 1994 Netherlands Dick Advocaat 26 15 6 5 1994 FIFA World Cup
18 January 1995 11 July 1998 Netherlands Guus Hiddink 38 22 8 8 UEFA Euro 1996
1998 FIFA World Cup
26 February 1997 26 February 1997 Netherlands Jan Rab 1 0 0 1 Caretaker manager
10 November 1998 29 June 2000 Netherlands Frank Rijkaard 22 8 12 2 UEFA Euro 2000
2 September 2000 30 November 2001 Netherlands Louis van Gaal 14 8 4 2
13 February 2002 30 June 2004 Netherlands Dick Advocaat 55 (29) 31 (16) 13 (7) 11 (6) UEFA Euro 2004
18 August 2004 21 June 2008 Netherlands Marco van Basten 52 35 11 6 2006 FIFA World Cup
UEFA Euro 2008
20 August 2008 17 June 2012 Netherlands Bert van Marwijk 52 34 10 8 2010 FIFA World Cup
UEFA Euro 2012
15 August 2012 31 July 2014 Netherlands Louis van Gaal 43 (29) 26 (18) 13 (9) 4 (2) 2014 FIFA World Cup
1 August 2014 1 July 2015 Netherlands Guus Hiddink 48 (10) 26 (4) 9 (1) 13 (5)
1 July 2015 27 March 2017 Netherlands Danny Blind 17 7 3 7
27 March 2017 4 June 2017 Netherlands Fred Grim 3 2 0 1 Caretaker manager
4 June 2017 14 November 2017 Netherlands Dick Advocaat 62 (7) 37 (6) 13 (0) 12 (1)
6 February 2018 19 August 2020 Netherlands Ronald Koeman 20 11 5 4 2018–19 UEFA Nations League
19 August 2020 23 September 2020 Netherlands Dwight Lodeweges 2 1 0 1 Caretaker manager
23 September 2020 29 June 2021 Netherlands Frank de Boer 15 8 4 3 UEFA Euro 2020
4 August 2021 present Netherlands Louis van Gaal 55 (12) 34 (8) 17 (4) 4 (0) 2022 FIFA World Cup (Qualification)

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 26 players were named in the squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.[100][101]

Caps and goals are correct as of 3 December 2022, after the match against United States.[102]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Remko Pasveer (1983-11-08) 8 November 1983 (age 39) 2 0 Netherlands Ajax
13 1GK Justin Bijlow (1998-01-22) 22 January 1998 (age 24) 6 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
23 1GK Andries Noppert (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 28) 4 0 Netherlands Heerenveen

2 2DF Jurriën Timber (2001-06-17) 17 June 2001 (age 21) 13 0 Netherlands Ajax
3 2DF Matthijs de Ligt (1999-08-12) 12 August 1999 (age 23) 40 2 Germany Bayern Munich
4 2DF Virgil van Dijk (captain) (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 (age 31) 53 6 England Liverpool
5 2DF Nathan Aké (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 27) 33 3 England Manchester City
6 2DF Stefan de Vrij (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 30) 59 3 Italy Internazionale
16 2DF Tyrell Malacia (1999-08-17) 17 August 1999 (age 23) 6 0 England Manchester United
17 2DF Daley Blind (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 32) 98 3 Netherlands Ajax
22 2DF Denzel Dumfries (1996-04-18) 18 April 1996 (age 26) 41 6 Italy Internazionale
26 2DF Jeremie Frimpong (2000-12-10) 10 December 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Germany Bayer Leverkusen

11 3MF Steven Berghuis (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 30) 42 2 Netherlands Ajax
14 3MF Davy Klaassen (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 29) 39 10 Netherlands Ajax
15 3MF Marten de Roon (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 31) 34 0 Italy Atalanta
20 3MF Teun Koopmeiners (1998-02-28) 28 February 1998 (age 24) 14 1 Italy Atalanta
21 3MF Frenkie de Jong (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 25) 49 2 Spain Barcelona
24 3MF Kenneth Taylor (2002-05-16) 16 May 2002 (age 20) 3 0 Netherlands Ajax
25 3MF Xavi Simons (2003-04-21) 21 April 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands PSV

7 4FW Steven Bergwijn (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 25) 27 7 Netherlands Ajax
8 3MF Cody Gakpo (1999-05-07) 7 May 1999 (age 23) 13 6 Netherlands PSV
9 4FW Luuk de Jong (1990-08-27) 27 August 1990 (age 32) 38 8 Netherlands PSV
10 4FW Memphis Depay (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 28) 85 43 Spain Barcelona
12 4FW Noa Lang (1999-06-17) 17 June 1999 (age 23) 5 1 Belgium Club Brugge
18 4FW Vincent Janssen (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 28) 22 7 Belgium Antwerp
19 4FW Wout Weghorst (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 30) 18 3 Turkey Beşiktaş

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have also been called up for the team in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jasper Cillessen (1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 (age 33) 63 0 Netherlands NEC 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
GK Mark Flekken (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 29) 4 0 Germany SC Freiburg 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
GK Kjell Scherpen (2000-01-23) 23 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Netherlands Vitesse v.  Wales, 14 June 2022
GK Tim Krul[103] (1988-04-03) 3 April 1988 (age 34) 15 0 England Norwich City v.  Wales, 8 June 2022
GK Joël Drommel (1996-11-16) 16 November 1996 (age 26) 0 0 Netherlands PSV v.  Germany, 29 March 2022

DF Devyne Rensch (2003-01-18) 18 January 2003 (age 19) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Mitchel Bakker (2000-06-20) 20 June 2000 (age 22) 0 0 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Sven Botman (2000-01-12) 12 January 2000 (age 22) 0 0 England Newcastle United 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Pascal Struijk (1999-08-11) 11 August 1999 (age 23) 0 0 England Leeds United 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Micky van de Ven (2001-04-19) 19 April 2001 (age 21) 0 0 Germany VfL Wolfsburg 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Bruno Martins Indi INJ (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 30) 36 2 Netherlands AZ v.  Belgium, 25 September 2022
DF Hans Hateboer (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 28) 13 0 Italy Atalanta v.  Wales, 14 June 2022
DF Jordan Teze (1999-09-30) 30 September 1999 (age 23) 3 0 Netherlands PSV v.  Wales, 14 June 2022
DF Owen Wijndal (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 23) 11 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Belgium, 3 June 2022 PRE
DF Rick Karsdorp (1995-02-11) 11 February 1995 (age 27) 3 0 Italy Roma v.  Belgium, 3 June 2022 PRE

MF Jordy Clasie (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 31) 17 0 Netherlands AZ 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Ryan Gravenberch (2002-05-16) 16 May 2002 (age 20) 11 1 Germany Bayern Munich 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Guus Til (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 24) 5 1 Netherlands PSV 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Jerdy Schouten (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 25) 1 0 Italy Bologna v.  Wales, 14 June 2022
MF Georginio Wijnaldum INJ (vice captain) (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 32) 86 26 Italy Roma v.  Germany, 29 March 2022

FW Donyell Malen (1999-01-19) 19 January 1999 (age 23) 19 4 Germany Borussia Dortmund 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Arnaut Danjuma (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 25) 6 2 Spain Villarreal 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE
FW Brian Brobbey (2002-02-01) 1 February 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Ajax 2022 FIFA World Cup PRE

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
FIT Player withdrew from the squad due to fitness concerns.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player had announced retirement from national team.
SUS Player is serving a suspension.
PRI Player absent due to private circumstances.

Individual statistics[edit]

Player records[edit]

As of 3 December 2022[104]
Players in bold text are still active with the Netherlands.

Most capped players[edit]

Wesley Sneijder is the Netherlands' most capped player with 134 appearances.
Rank Player Matches Goals Career
1 Wesley Sneijder 134 31 2003–2018
2 Edwin van der Sar 130 0 1995–2008
3 Frank de Boer 112 13 1990–2004
4 Rafael van der Vaart 109 25 2001–2013
5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst 106 6 1996–2010
6 Dirk Kuyt 104 24 2004–2014
7 Robin van Persie 102 50 2005–2017
8 Phillip Cocu 101 10 1996–2006
9 Daley Blind 98 3 2013–present
10 Arjen Robben 96 37 2003–2017

Top goalscorers[edit]

Striker Robin van Persie is the Netherlands' top scorer with 50 goals.
Rank Player Goals Matches Ratio Career
1 Robin van Persie 50 102 0.49 2005–2017
2 Memphis Depay 43 85 0.51 2013–present
3 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 42 76 0.55 2006–2015
4 Patrick Kluivert 40 79 0.51 1994–2004
5 Dennis Bergkamp 37 79 0.47 1990–2000
Arjen Robben 96 0.39 2003–2017
7 Faas Wilkes 35 38 0.92 1946–1961
Ruud van Nistelrooy 70 0.5 1998–2011
9 Abe Lenstra 33 47 0.7 1940–1959
Johan Cruyff 48 0.69 1966–1977

Manager records[edit]

Team records[edit]

Competitive record[edit]

Overview
Event 1st place 2nd place 3rd place 4th place
FIFA World Cup 0 3 1 1
UEFA European Championship 1 0 4 0
Olympic Games 0 0 3 1
UEFA Nations League 0 1 0 0
Total 1 4 8 2

FIFA World Cup[edit]

The Netherlands' first two tournament appearances at the 1934 and the 1938 editions saw them lose their first round matches to Switzerland (1934) and Czechoslovakia (1938).[105][106]

After not qualifying for the next six World Cup, they qualified for the 1974 FIFA World Cup in West Germany. There, with the use of Total Football tactics, they recorded their first win in World Cup competition against Uruguay. They qualified through to the second round where a win on the finals match day secured the Netherlands a spot in the finals. They lost to West Germany 2–1 with Gerd Müller scoring the winning goal for the Germany.[24] The Netherlands once again made the 1978 FIFA World Cup finals with the team finishing second in the group behind Peru. After finishing top of the all-European group in the second round, they met Argentina in the finals. Argentina protested René van de Kerkhof's forearm plaster cast. After that protest, the game went to extra time where Argentina won 3–1 after scoring two goals in extra time.[29]

The 1990 edition saw the Netherlands not win a single game throughout the tournament, scoring only two goals in the group stage. After finishing with an identical record with the Republic of Ireland, they were split by drawing of lots. The Netherlands took on West Germany losing 2–1 in Milan.[37][107] 1994 saw the Netherlands knocked out in the quarter-finals stage as they lost to eventual champions Brazil with Branco's brutal free-kick sending them out.[42] After qualifying from their group with five points, the Netherlands made the semi-finals of the 1998 edition where they once again lost to the Brazilians. This time it was by penalties; Phillip Cocu and Ronald de Boer's shots missed the goal to give Brazil a spot in the finals. The Netherlands went on to finish in fourth place after losing to Croatia in the third place playoff.[108]

In 2006, the Netherlands made it to the round of 16 where, in what was called the "Battle of Nuremberg" they lost by a single goal to Portugal. The Netherlands were given seven yellow cards.[54] The following edition, in 2010, saw the team qualify to the knockout stage by finishing atop Group E. After defeating Slovakia 2–1 in the round of 16, they came back from an early goal by Robinho to defeat Brazil 2–1 in the quarter-finals as Wesley Sneijder scored a double.[59][60] In the semi-finals, they defeated Uruguay in a tough game for the Netherlands, making their first World Cup finals since 1978.[109] In the finals, they took on Spain. During normal time, the Netherlands had plenty of chances to win the game, the closest being in the 62nd minute when Sneijder shot wide. Spain's winning goal came off a play in the 116th minute after the Netherlands went down to ten men.[110][61]

In 2014, the Netherlands finish atop Group B with wins over Spain, Australia and Chile.[111] In the round of 16 match against Mexico, the Netherlands came back from a goal down to manage a 2–1 win in stoppage time with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scoring a controversial penalty.[68] In the quarter-finals, they defeated Costa Rica on penalties however they lost to Argentina on penalties in the semi-finals. The Netherlands took bronze in the tournament after defeating hosts nations Brazil 3–0 in the third place playoff.[69][112]

  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy 1934 Round of 16 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3 Squad 2 2 0 0 9 4
France 1938 Round of 16 14th 1 0 0 1 0 3 Squad 2 1 1 0 5 1
Brazil 1950 Did not enter Did not enter
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 Squad 6 4 2 0 24 2
Argentina 1978 Runners-up 2nd 7 3 2 2 15 10 Squad 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 Squad 6 4 2 0 8 2
United States 1994 Quarter-finals 7th 5 3 0 2 8 6 Squad 10 6 3 1 29 9
France 1998 Fourth place 4th 7 3 3 1 13 7 Squad 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 Squad 12 10 2 0 27 3
South Africa 2010 Runners-up 2nd 7 6 0 1 12 6 Squad 8 8 0 0 17 2
Brazil 2014 Third place 3rd 7 5 2 0 15 4 Squad 10 9 1 0 34 5
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 10 6 1 3 21 12
Qatar 2022 In progress 10 7 2 1 33 8
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Runners-up 11/22 50 27 12 11 86 48 135 89 26 20 329 101

UEFA European Championship[edit]

UEFA European Championship record Qualifying record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
France 1960 Did not enter Did not enter
Spain 1964 Did not qualify 4 1 2 1 6 5
Italy 1968 6 2 1 3 11 11
Belgium 1972 6 3 1 2 18 6
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 4 5 Squad 8 6 0 2 21 9
Italy 1980 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4 Squad 8 6 1 1 20 6
France 1984 Did not qualify 8 6 1 1 22 6
West Germany 1988 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 8 3 Squad 8 6 2 0 15 1
Sweden 1992 Semi-finals 3rd 4 2 2 0 6 3 Squad 8 6 1 1 17 2
England 1996 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 3 4 Squad 11 7 2 2 25 5
Belgium Netherlands 2000 Semi-finals 3rd 5 4 1 0 13 3 Squad Qualified as hosts
Portugal 2004 Semi-finals 3rd 5 1 2 2 7 6 Squad 10 7 1 2 21 12
Austria Switzerland 2008 Quarter-finals 6th 4 3 0 1 10 4 Squad 12 8 2 2 15 5
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 2 5 Squad 10 9 0 1 37 8
France 2016 Did not qualify 10 4 1 5 17 14
Europe 2020 Round of 16 9th 4 3 0 1 8 4 Squad 8 6 1 1 24 7
Germany 2024 To be determined To be determined
Total 1 Title 10/16 38 20 8 11 65 41 112 73 15 24 261 88

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA Squad
United Kingdom 1908 Bronze medal 2 1 0 1 2 4 Squad
Sweden 1912 Bronze medal 4 3 0 1 17 8 Squad
Belgium 1920 Bronze medal 4 2 0 2 9 10 Squad
France 1924 Fourth place 5 2 1 2 11 7 Squad
Netherlands 1928 Round of 16 1 0 0 1 0 2 Squad
Nazi Germany 1936 Did not enter
United Kingdom 1948 Round of 16 2 1 0 1 6 5 Squad
Finland 1952 Round of 16 1 0 0 1 1 5 Squad
Australia 1956 Did not enter
Italy 1960
Japan 1964
Mexico 1968
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984 Did not qualify
South Korea 1988
Spain 1992
United States 1996
Australia 2000
Greece 2004
China 2008 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 4 4 Squad
United Kingdom 2012 Did not qualify
Brazil 2016
Japan 2020
France 2024 To be determined
Total 8/25 27 10 3 10 50 45

Olympic Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1992 (with three players of over 23 years of age allowed in the squad).

UEFA Nations League[edit]

UEFA Nations League record
League phase Finals
Season LG GP Pos Pld W D L GF GA P/R RK Year Pos Pld W D L GF GA Squad
2018–19 A 1 1st 4 2 1 1 8 4 Same position 2nd Portugal 2019 2nd 2 1 0 1 3 2 Squad
2020–21 A 1 2nd 6 3 2 1 7 4 Same position 6th Italy 2021 Did not qualify
2022–23 A 4 1st 6 5 1 0 14 6 Same position Netherlands 2023 Qualified
2024–25 A To be determined 2025 To be determined
Total 16 10 4 2 29 14 6th Total 2 1 0 1 3 2

FIFA Ranking[edit]

Last update was on 16 November 2021. Source:[113] The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Associations - Netherlands - Men's - FIFA.com

  Worst Ranking    Best Ranking    Worst Mover    Best Mover  

Netherlands's FIFA world ranking
Rank Year Games
played
Won Drawn Lost Best Worst
Rank Move Rank Move
7 1993 7 5 1 2 2 Increase 5 16 Decrease 9
6 1994 15 9 3 3 2 Increase 9 11 Decrease 6
6 1995 9 5 0 4 5 Increase 12 17 Decrease 9
9 1996 11 6 3 2 6 Increase 7 13 Decrease 5
22 1997 7 4 1 2 4 Increase 4 22 Decrease 10
  11 1998 15 8 5 2 6 Increase 19 25 Decrease 11
19 1999 9 0 7 2 8 Increase 3 19 Decrease 3
8 2000 14 9 4 1 8 Increase 13 21 Decrease 2
8 2001 10 6 3 1 7 Increase 2 10 Decrease 1
6 2002 7 6 1 0 6 Increase 4 15 Decrease 6
4 2003 11 6 3 2 4 Increase 2 7 Decrease 3
6 2004 17 8 5 4 4 Increase 1 6 Decrease 1
3 2005 11 7 3 1 2 Increase 2 7 Decrease 1
7 2006 14 6 4 4 3 Increase 0 6 Decrease 3
9 2007 12 7 3 2 5 Increase 2 9 Decrease 3
3 2008 15 6 3 6 3 Increase 5 10 Decrease 1
3 2009 11 5 3 3 2 Increase 1 3 Decrease 1
2 2010 17 15 1 1 2 Increase 2 4 Decrease 1
  2 2011 11 6 2 2 1 Increase 1 2 Decrease 1
8 2012 13 7 1 6 2 Increase 2 8 Decrease 4
9 2013 12 7 5 0 5 Increase 4 9 Decrease 4
5 2014 17 9 3 5 3 Increase 12 15 Decrease 4
14 2015 9 4 1 4 5 Increase 2 16 Decrease 7
    22 2016 11 5 3 3 14 Increase 4 26 Decrease 12
20 2017 11 8 0 3 20 Increase 9 36 Decrease 11
14 2018 10 4 4 2 14 Increase 2 21 Decrease 1
14 2019 10 7 1 2 12 Increase 1 16 Decrease 2
14 2020 8 3 3 2 13 Increase 1 15 Decrease 2
10 2021 16 11 3 2 10 Increase 1 16 Decrease 2

Honours[edit]

Official[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Note that this match is not considered to be a full international by the English Football Association, and does not appear in the records of the England team, because professional football had already been introduced in England at that time. In the Netherlands, however, professional football was not introduced until 1954. Before then, players who left the Netherlands to turn pro in another country were banned from the national team.

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