Netherlands national football team

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Netherlands
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Nickname(s) Oranje
Holland
Clockwork Orange
The Flying Dutchmen [1]
Association Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Louis van Gaal
Captain Virgil van Dijk
Most caps Wesley Sneijder (134)
Top scorer Robin van Persie (50)
Home stadium Various
FIFA code NED
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 10 Steady2.svg (31 March 2022) [2]
Highest1 [3] (August 2011)
Lowest36 [4] (August 2017)
First international
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1–4 Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg
(Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905)
Biggest win
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 11–0 San Marino  Flag of San Marino.svg
(Eindhoven, Netherlands; 2 September 2011)
Biggest defeat
Flag of England.svg England Amateurs 12–2 Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg
(Darlington, England; 21 December 1907) [upper-alpha 1]
World Cup
Appearances11 (first in 1934 )
Best resultRunners-up (1974, 1978, 2010)
European Championship
Appearances10 (first in 1976 )
Best resultChampions (1988)
UEFA Nations League Finals
Appearances1 (first in 2019 )
Best resultRunners-up (2019)
Website OnsOranje.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 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. [5] Most of the Netherlands' home matches are played at the Johan Cruyff Arena and the Stadion Feijenoord.

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. In the past the team, like the country itself, was referred to as Holland. The fan club is known as "Het Oranje Legioen" (The Orange Legion). [6]

The Netherlands has competed in ten FIFA World Cups, appearing in the finals three times (in 1974, 1978 and 2010). 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 tournament in 1908, 1912 and 1920. The Netherlands has long-standing football rivalries with neighbours Belgium and Germany.

History

Beginnings: 1905–1969

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1905 Netherlands team

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. Because the match was for the Coupe van den Abeele it went into overtime, during which Eddy de Neve scored three times, making the score 4–1 for the Netherlands. [7] Some historians attribute one of the goals scored to Willem Hesselink. [8]

In 1908, the Netherlands competed in their first official tournament appearance at the Summer Olympics in London. They received a bronze medal after losing to Great Britain in the semifinals, before defeating Sweden in the bronze medal match 2–0. [9] At the Olympic Games in 1912 and 1920, the Dutch finished with the bronze medal as they lost to Denmark and Belgium in the respective tournaments. [10] [11]

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

The Dutch reached the semi-finals at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris after winning against Romania and Ireland. In the semi-final, 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, [12] losing to Sweden in a replay. [13]

After being eliminated in the first round at the 1928 Summer Olympics on home turf, [14] they skipped the first World Cup in 1930 due to the cost of travel from Europe to South America. [15] 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. [16] A second appearance at the 1938 World Cup resulted in a first-round elimination against Czechoslovakia. [17]

After the Second World War, the Dutch qualified for only two international tournaments before the 1970s: the 1948 Summer Olympics in Great Britain and the 1952 Summer Olympics in Finland. They suffered early elimination, losing to the hosts in 1948 [18] and Brazil in 1952. [19]

Total football in the 1970s and first golden generation

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 Dutch 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 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." [20]

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

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, they lost to West Germany in the final 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 Germans. [21]

The 1976 European Championship the Netherlands qualified for their first European Championship after beating Belgium in the quarterfinals. They were matched in the semifinals by Czechoslovakia who kept Cruyff and Van Hanegem within arms-length of another player as they defeated the Dutch in extra time. [22] The Dutch finished in third place after defeating the hosts (Yugoslavia) in extra time. [23]

In 1978, the Netherlands qualified for the World Cup in Argentina. The team was missing Johan Cruyff due to a kidnapping attempt, [24] and Wim van Hanegem. But the squad still had players like Jan Jongbloed, Wim Suurbier and Ruud Krol from the previous World Cup. [25] After finishing runner-up in Group 4 behind Peru, they recorded wins against Austria and Italy to set up a final 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 Dutch lost 3–1 after two extra time goals from Mario Kempes and Daniel Bertoni. [26]

Failure before European champions

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. [27]

Veterans such as Krol and Rensenbrink retired soon afterwards and the Dutch team 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 failed qualifying for Euro 1984 by virtue of goals scored when Spain scored twelve in the final game against Malta. Because both teams had the same goal difference (+16), Spain qualified having scored two more goals than the Dutch. [28] During the qualification stage for the 1986 World Cup the Dutch 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. But Georges Grun's header in the 84th minute resulted in the Netherlands elimination as Belgium advanced to the World Cup on away goals. [29] [30]

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The 1988 trophy on display in Amsterdam
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Rinus Michels

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-final by defeating England 3–1 (with a hat-trick by the tournament's top scorer Marco van Basten), and the 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 as revenge for the 1974 World Cup final (also in West Germany). Van Basten scored in the 89th minute to sink the German side. [31] The Netherlands won the final 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. [32]

The Netherlands was one of the favourites for the 1990 World Cup tournament in Italy until Thijs Libregts was replaced by Leo Beenhakker in a late management switch. [33] After this, the Dutch 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 took Romania. [34] 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. [31]

The team reached the semi-finals in the Euro 1992 in Sweden, which was noted for the emergence of Dennis Bergkamp. They were eliminated by eventual champions Denmark, however, when Peter Schmeichel saved Van Basten's kick in the penalty shootout. [35] This was Van Basten's last major tournament. 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 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 would be replaced by Johan Cruyff the following year. [36] But after talks between Cruyff and the KNVB broke down, Advocaat remained in charge of the national team for the World Cup. [37] In the 1994 World Cup in the United States, in the absence of the injured Van Basten and the striker Ruud Gullit, [38] 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. [39]

Second golden generation: 1996–2014

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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. [40] After they finished top of the qualifying group, they were drawn in Group E of the 1998 World Cup. With the Dutch team featuring Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Phillip Cocu, Edgar Davids, Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer and Kluivert, they reached the semifinals where they again lost on penalties, this time to Brazil. Falling behind early in the second half before an 87th-minute goal from Patrick Kluivert gave the Dutch fans hope, they lost 4–2 on penalties, and then lost the third-place playoff to Croatia. [41] [42] 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 semifinals, 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. [43]

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Netherlands at the 2006 World Cup

Dick Advocaat became the national coach of the Netherlands for the second time in January 2002. [44] His first match was a 1–1 draw against England in Rotterdam. [45] The national team finished second place in their qualifying group for the 2004 Euros. Having to play in the playoffs after losing to the Czech Republic, [46] they knocked off Scotland with a 6–0 win in the second leg to qualify for the 2004 tournament. [47] The tournament saw the Dutch make it to the semi-finals where they lost to the hosts in Portugal. [48] Heavy criticism of his handling of the national team lead Advocaat to quit. [49]

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; [50] it was nicknamed "the Battle of Nuremberg" by the press. [51] 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. [52] The Netherlands qualified for Euro 2008, where they were drawn in the "Group of Death", together with France, Italy and Romania. [53] 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 Russians scored twice. Following the tournament, Van Basten resigned having accepted the role at Ajax. [54]

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

Under new coach Bert van Marwijk, the Dutch went on to secure a 100% record in their World Cup 2010 qualification campaign to qualify for the World Cup. After they had comfortably qualified with maximum points in Group E [55] and Slovakia [56] 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. [57] They advanced to their first World Cup final since 1978 but fell to Spain 1–0 after midfielder Andrés Iniesta scored in extra time. [58] From August to September 2011, the team was ranked number one in the FIFA World Rankings, [59] 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 with Germany, Portugal and Denmark, dubbed the tournament's "Group of Death". [60] The Netherlands lost all three of its matches. Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff criticised the team's star players for poor build up play and sloppy execution of the easy passes. [61] [62] Manager Bert van Marwijk resigned after the disappointment. [63]

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 and Arjen Robben scoring two goals each and Stefan de Vrij the other. [64]

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

After finishing top of Group B, the Dutch 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. [65] In the quarter-finals, where they faced Costa Rica, the Dutch 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. [66]

The semi-final against Argentina saw the Netherlands having a good chance to score from Arjen Robben while containing Lionel Messi as it remained scoreless after extra time. However, in penalty kicks, the Dutch were eliminated 4–2, with Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder having their spot kicks saved by Sergio Romero. [67] The Netherlands won the third-place match against hosts Brazil. Van Gaal, who successfully motivated the team after their semi-final elimination, [68] received praise for getting more out of the young and inexperienced Netherlands squad than many expected. [69] [70]

Decline and recovery: 2014–present

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. [71] 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. [72]

In February 2018, Advocaat was replaced by Ronald Koeman, on a contract until the summer of 2022. [73] The Netherlands qualified for League A in the UEFA Nations League where they would qualify to the final four after drawing with Germany on the final match day, beating France by head-to-head records. [74] The Dutch team beat England in the semi-final of the Nations League, but lost 1–0 in the final against Portugal. [75]

The Netherlands qualified for the UEFA Euro 2020 Championships on 16 November 2019 after drawing against Northern Ireland, [76] marking their tenth participation in the UEFA Euro championships. 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 Dutch 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. [77] However, also at the home ground, the Dutch fell by the same score to Italy and lost their leading position to the Italians as well. [78] Eventually, the Dutch 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. [79] [80] [81] [82]

At Euro 2020, the Dutch 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 Dutch 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. [83] He was replaced by Louis van Gaal, who came out of retirement to return for a third spell in charge of the side. [84] 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. This marked the Netherlands' return to the World Cup finals after missing out on the 2018 tournament.

Team image

Kits and crest

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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. The current Dutch 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. [85]

Nike is the national team's kit provider, a sponsorship that began in 1996 and is contracted to continue until at least 2026. [86] Before that the team was supplied by Adidas and Lotto. [87]

Kit suppliers

Kit supplierPeriodNotes
Flag of England.svg Umbro 1966–1974
Flag of Germany.svg Adidas 1974–1990
Flag of Italy.svg Lotto 1991–1996
Flag of the United States.svg Nike 1996–present

Rivalries

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 Dutch lost the 1974 World Cup to West Germany in the final, the rivalry between the two nations has become one of the best-known in international football. [88] [89]

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. [90]

Media coverage

The Netherlands national football team matches have broadcast on Nederlandse Omroep Stichting which includes all friendlies, Nation League and World Cup qualifiers. The newest contract is a four-year deal until 2022. [91]

Home stadiums

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

The Dutch national team does not have a national stadium but plays mostly at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. It played host to the first Dutch international game back on March 29, 1997, with a 1998 World Cup qualification match against San Marino which the Netherlands won 4–0. [92] It was formally called the Amsterdam Arena until 2018 when it was renamed in memory of Johan Cruyff. [93]

Over the last few years, De Kuip in Rotterdam has hosted matches more regularly. Occasionally, matches will take place at Philips Stadion in Eindhoven and the De Grolsch Veste in Enschede. [94]

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 past or in the upcoming 12 months. The time in the Netherlands is shown first. If the local time is different, it will be displayed below.

2021

27 March 2021 WCQ2022 UEFA Group G Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg2–0Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Amsterdam, Netherlands
20:45 CET (UTC+1)
  • Berghuis Soccerball shade.svg32'
  • L. de Jong Soccerball shade.svg69'
Report Stadium: Johan Cruijff Arena
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
2 June 2021Friendly Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg2–2Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Faro/Loulé, Portugal
19:45 CEST (UTC+2)
Report
Stadium: Estádio Algarve
Referee: Vitor Ferreira (Portugal)
6 June 2021Friendly Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg3–0Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Enschede, Netherlands
17:00 CEST (UTC+2)
Report Stadium: De Grolsch Veste
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (Belgium)
13 June 2021 UEFA Euro 2020 Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg3–2Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Amsterdam, Netherlands
21:00 CEST (UTC+2) Report Stadium: Johan Cruijff Arena
Attendance: 15,837
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
17 June 2021 UEFA Euro 2020 Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg2–0Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Amsterdam, Netherlands
21:00 CEST (UTC+2)
Report Stadium: Johan Cruijff Arena
Attendance: 15,243
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
21 June 2021 UEFA Euro 2020 North Macedonia  Flag of North Macedonia.svg0–3Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands
18:00 CEST (UTC+2) Report
Stadium: Johan Cruijff Arena
Attendance: 15,227
Referee: István Kovács (Romania)
27 June 2021 UEFA Euro 2020 Round of 16 Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg0–2Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Budapest , Hungary
18:00 CEST (UTC+2) Report
Stadium: Puskás Aréna
Attendance: 52,834
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
4 September 2021 WCQ2022 UEFA Group G Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg4–0Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro Eindhoven, Netherlands
20:45 CEST (UTC+2)
Report Stadium: Philips Stadion
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
7 September 2021 WCQ2022 UEFA Group G Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg6–1Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Amsterdam, Netherlands
20:45 CEST (UTC+2)
Report
Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
8 October 2021 WCQ2022 UEFA Group G Latvia  Flag of Latvia.svg0–1Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Riga, Latvia
21:45 EEST (UTC+3) Report Stadium: Daugava Stadium
Referee: Andrew Madley (England)
11 October 2021 WCQ2022 UEFA Group G Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg6–0Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar Rotterdam, Netherlands
20:45 CEST (UTC+2)
Report Stadium: De Kuip
Referee: Vitali Meshkov (Russia)
13 November 2021 WCQ2022 UEFA Group G Montenegro  Flag of Montenegro.svg2–2Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Podgorica, Montenegro
20:45 CET (UTC+1) Report
Stadium: Podgorica City Stadium
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
16 November 2021 WCQ2022 UEFA Group G Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg2–0Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Rotterdam, Netherlands
20:45 CET (UTC+1)
Report Stadium: Stadion Feijenoord
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)

2022

26 March 2022Friendly Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg4–2Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Amsterdam, Netherlands
20:45 CET (UTC+1)
Report Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Referee: Lawrence Visser (Belgium)
29 March 2022Friendly Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg1–1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Amsterdam, Netherlands
20:45 CEST (UTC+2) Report
Stadium: Johan Cruyff Arena
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
21 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Senegal  Flag of Senegal.svgvFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Doha, Qatar
13:00 AST (UTC+3)Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
29 November 2022 2022 FIFA World Cup Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svgvFlag of Qatar.svg  Qatar Al Khor, Qatar
18:00 AST (UTC+3)Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium

Coaching staff

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Louis Van Gaal (2013 image) has had three spells in charge of the Netherlands: 2000–2002, 2012–2014 and from 2021 onwards
PositionName
Head coach Flag of the Netherlands.svg Louis van Gaal
Assistant coach(es) Flag of the Netherlands.svg Danny Blind
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Edgar Davids
Goalkeeping coach Flag of the Netherlands.svg Frans Hoek
Fitness coaches Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Kluitenberg
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin Cruijff
Team manager Flag of the Netherlands.svg Fernando Arrabal
Sports Scientist Flag of the Netherlands.svg David van Maurik
Physiotherapist(s) Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ricardo de Sanders
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Gert-Jan Goudswaard
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Luc van Agt
Doctor Flag of the Netherlands.svg Edwin Goedhart
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Rien Heijboer
Masseurs Flag of the Netherlands.svg Rob Koster
Analyst(s) Flag of the Netherlands.svg Cees Lok
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Gert Aandewiel
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dennis Demmers

Coaching history

There have been 38 different managers who have taken the role as manager of the Netherlands national football team. The team's first manager was Cees van Hasselt, who took charge of their first match against Belgium in 1905. [95] Bob Glendenning holds the record for the longest tenure as Netherlands manager, having served in the role for a total of 16 years over two spells: in 1923, and from 1925 to 1940. He also managed the Netherlands team the most times in history with 87 matches, 25 more than second-placed manager Dick Advocaat. Advocaat has the most wins as manager, with 37 to Glendenning's 36. [96]

Players

Current squad

The following 30 players were selected in the provisional squad for the 2022–23 UEFA Nations League matches scheduled from 3 to 14 June 2022. [97]

Information correct as of 29 March 2022, after the match against Germany.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Jasper Cillessen (1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 (age 33)610 Flag of Spain.svg Valencia
1 GK Tim Krul (1988-04-03) 3 April 1988 (age 34)150 Flag of England.svg Norwich City
1 GK Mark Flekken (1993-06-13) 13 June 1993 (age 28)20 Flag of Germany.svg SC Freiburg

2 DF Daley Blind (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 32)902 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
2 DF Stefan de Vrij (1992-02-05) 5 February 1992 (age 30)553 Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale
2 DF Virgil van Dijk (captain) (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 (age 30)465 Flag of England.svg Liverpool
2 DF Matthijs de Ligt (1999-08-12) 12 August 1999 (age 22)352 Flag of Italy.svg Juventus
2 DF Denzel Dumfries (1996-04-18) 18 April 1996 (age 26)323 Flag of Italy.svg Internazionale
2 DF Nathan Aké (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 27)253 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
2 DF Hans Hateboer (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 28)110 Flag of Italy.svg Atalanta
2 DF Owen Wijndal (1999-11-28) 28 November 1999 (age 22)110 Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ
2 DF Jurriën Timber (2001-06-17) 17 June 2001 (age 20)60 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
2 DF Rick Karsdorp (1995-02-11) 11 February 1995 (age 27)30 Flag of Italy.svg Roma
2 DF Tyrell Malacia (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 22)30 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Feyenoord
2 DF Jordan Teze (1999-09-30) 30 September 1999 (age 22)00 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV

3 MF Frenkie de Jong (1997-05-12) 12 May 1997 (age 25)401 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
3 MF Davy Klaassen (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 29)328 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
3 MF Marten de Roon (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 31)280 Flag of Italy.svg Atalanta
3 MF Jordy Clasie (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 30)170 Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ
3 MF Teun Koopmeiners (1998-02-28) 28 February 1998 (age 24)50 Flag of Italy.svg Atalanta
3 MF Guus Til (1997-12-22) 22 December 1997 (age 24)41 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Feyenoord

4 FW Memphis Depay (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 28)7739 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
4 FW Luuk de Jong (1990-08-27) 27 August 1990 (age 31)388 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
4 FW Steven Berghuis (1991-12-19) 19 December 1991 (age 30)352 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax
4 FW Steven Bergwijn (1997-10-08) 8 October 1997 (age 24)195 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur
4 FW Vincent Janssen (1994-06-15) 15 June 1994 (age 27)177 Flag of Mexico.svg Monterrey
4 FW Wout Weghorst (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 29)122 Flag of England.svg Burnley
4 FW Arnaut Danjuma (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 25)62 Flag of Spain.svg Villarreal
4 FW Cody Gakpo (1999-05-07) 7 May 1999 (age 23)41 Flag of the Netherlands.svg PSV
4 FW Noa Lang (1999-06-17) 17 June 1999 (age 22)30 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Club Brugge

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Justin Bijlow (1998-01-22) 22 January 1998 (age 24)60 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Feyenoord v. Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark , 5 March 2022 PREINJ
GK Remko Pasveer (1983-11-08) 8 November 1983 (age 38)00 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway , 1 September 2021 PRE
GK Maarten Stekelenburg (1982-09-22) 22 September 1982 (age 39)630 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax UEFA Euro 2020 RET
GK Marco Bizot (1991-03-10) 10 March 1991 (age 31)10 Flag of France.svg Brest UEFA Euro 2020

DF Jeremie Frimpong (2000-12-10) 10 December 2000 (age 21)00 Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen v. Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark , 5 March 2022 PREINJ
DF Devyne Rensch (2003-01-18) 18 January 2003 (age 19)10 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway , 16 November 2021
DF Joël Veltman (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 30)282 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion UEFA Euro 2020
DF Patrick van Aanholt (1990-08-29) 29 August 1990 (age 31)190 Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray UEFA Euro 2020
DF Kenny Tete (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 26)140 Flag of England.svg Fulham UEFA Euro 2020 PRE
DF Jerry St. Juste (1996-10-19) 19 October 1996 (age 25)00 Flag of Germany.svg Mainz 05 UEFA Euro 2020 PRE

MF Georginio Wijnaldum (1990-11-11) 11 November 1990 (age 31)8626 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain v. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany , 29 March 2022
MF Ryan Gravenberch (2002-05-16) 16 May 2002 (age 20)101 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ajax v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway , 16 November 2021
MF Donny van de Beek (1997-04-18) 18 April 1997 (age 25)193 Flag of England.svg Everton v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway , 1 September 2021 PRE
MF Tonny Vilhena (1995-01-03) 3 January 1995 (age 27)150 Flag of Spain.svg Espanyol UEFA Euro 2020 PRE

FW Quincy Promes (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 (age 30)507 Flag of Russia.svg Spartak Moscow UEFA Euro 2020
FW Anwar El Ghazi (1995-05-03) 3 May 1995 (age 27)20 Flag of England.svg Everton UEFA Euro 2020 PRE

COV Player withdrew from the squad due to contracting COVID-19.
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 records

Player records

As of 29 March 2022 [98]
Players in bold text are still active with the Netherlands.

Most capped players

Wesley Sneijder is the Netherlands' most capped player with 134 appearances. Wesley2012.JPG
Wesley Sneijder is the Netherlands' most capped player with 134 appearances.
RankPlayerMatchesGoalsCareer
1 Wesley Sneijder 134312003–2018
2 Edwin van der Sar 13001995–2008
3 Frank de Boer 112131990–2004
4 Rafael van der Vaart 109252001–2013
5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst 10661996–2010
6 Dirk Kuyt 104242004–2014
7 Robin van Persie 102502005–2017
8 Phillip Cocu 101101996–2006
9 Arjen Robben 96372003–2017
10 Daley Blind 9022013–present

Top goalscorers

Striker Robin van Persie is the Netherlands' top scorer with 50 goals. Van Persie (15300483040) (crop).jpg
Striker Robin van Persie is the Netherlands' top scorer with 50 goals.
RankPlayerGoalsMatchesRatioCareer
1 Robin van Persie 501020.492005–2017
2 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 42760.552006–2015
3 Patrick Kluivert 40790.511994–2004
4 Memphis Depay 39770.512013–present
5 Dennis Bergkamp 37790.471990–2000
Arjen Robben 960.392003–2017
7 Faas Wilkes 35380.921946–1961
Ruud van Nistelrooy 700.51998–2011
9 Abe Lenstra 33470.71940–1959
Johan Cruyff 480.691966–1977

Manager records

Team records

Competitive record

Overview
Event1st place2nd place3rd place4th place
FIFA World Cup 0311
UEFA European Championship 1040
Olympic Games 0031
UEFA Nations League 0100
Total1482

FIFA World Cup

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). [99] [100]

After not qualifying for the next six World Cups, 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 final match day secured the Netherlands a spot in the final. They lost to West Germany 2–1 with Gerd Müller scoring the winning goal for the Germans. [21] The Netherlands once again made the 1978 FIFA World Cup final 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 final. 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. [26]

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 Dutch took on West Germany losing 2–1 in Milan. [34] [101] 1994 saw the Netherlands knocked out in the quarter-final stage as they lost to eventual champions Brazil with Branco's brutal free-kick sending them out. [39] After qualifying from their group with five points, the Dutch 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 final. The Netherlands went on to finish in fourth place after losing to Croatia in the third-place playoff. [102]

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 Dutch were given seven yellow cards. [51] 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. [56] [57] In the semi-final, they defeated Uruguay in a tough game for the Dutch, making their first World Cup final since 1978. [103] In the final, they took on Spain. During normal time, the Dutch 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. [104] [58]

In 2014, the Netherlands finish atop Group B with wins over Spain, Australia and Chile. [105] 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. [65] In the quarter-finals, they defeated Costa Rica on penalties however they lost to Argentina on penalties in the semi-final. The Netherlands took bronze in the tournament after defeating host nation Brazil 3–0 in the third-place playoff. [66] [106]

 Champions   Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place  

FIFA World Cup record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Uruguay.svg 1930 Did not enterDeclined participation
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg 1934 Round of 169th100123 Squad 220094
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1938 Round of 1614th100103 Squad 211051
Flag of Brazil (1889-1960).svg 1950 Did not enterDeclined participation
Flag of Switzerland.svg 1954
Flag of Sweden.svg 1958 Did not qualify4211127
Flag of Chile.svg 1962 302147
Flag of England.svg 1966 622264
Flag of Mexico.svg 1970 631295
Flag of Germany.svg 1974 Runners-up 2nd7511153 Squad 6420242
Flag of Argentina.svg 1978 Runners-up 2nd73221510 Squad 6510113
Flag of Spain.svg 1982 Did not qualify8413117
Flag of Mexico.svg 1986 8413137
Flag of Italy.svg 1990 Round of 1615th403134 Squad 642082
Flag of the United States.svg 1994 Quarter-finals7th530286 Squad 10631299
Flag of France.svg 1998 Fourth place4th7331137 Squad 8611264
Flag of South Korea.svg Flag of Japan.svg 2002 Did not qualify10622309
Flag of Germany.svg 2006 Round of 1611th421132 Squad 121020273
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Runners-up 2nd7601126 Squad 8800172
Flag of Brazil.svg 2014 Third place3rd7520154 Squad 10910345
Flag of Russia.svg 2018 Did not qualify106132112
Flag of Qatar.svg 2022 Qualified10721338
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the United States.svg 2026 To be determinedTo be determined
TotalRunners-up11/22502712118648135892620329101
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.

UEFA European Championship

UEFA European Championship record Qualification record
YearRoundPositionPldWD*LGFGASquadPldWDLGFGA
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1960 Did not enterDid not enter
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 1964 Did not qualify412165
Flag of Italy.svg 1968 62131111
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1972 6312186
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg 1976 Third place3rd210145 Squad 8602219
Flag of Italy.svg 1980 Group stage5th311144 Squad 8611206
Flag of France.svg 1984 Did not qualify8611226
Flag of Germany.svg 1988 Champions 1st540183 Squad 8620151
Flag of Sweden.svg 1992 Semi-finals3rd422063 Squad 8611172
Flag of England.svg 1996 Quarter-finals8th412134 Squad 11722255
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2000 Semi-finals3rd5410133 Squad Qualified as hosts
Flag of Portugal.svg 2004 Semi-finals3rd512276 Squad 107122112
Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Switzerland.svg 2008 Quarter-finals6th4301104 Squad 12822155
Flag of Poland.svg Flag of Ukraine.svg 2012 Group stage15th300325 Squad 10901378
Flag of France.svg 2016 Did not qualify104151714
Flag of Europe.svg 2020 Round of 169th430184 Squad 8611247
Flag of Germany.svg 2024 To be determinedTo be determined
Total1 Title10/163820811654111273152426188
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided via penalty shoot-out.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border colour indicates that the tournament was held on home soil.

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
YearRoundPldWDLGFGASquad
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1908 Third place210124 Squad
Flag of Sweden.svg 1912 Third place4301178 Squad
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1920 Third place4202910 Squad
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg 1924 Fourth place5212117 Squad
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 1928 First round100102 Squad
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg 1936 Did not enter
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1948 First round210165 Squad
Flag of Finland.svg 1952 Preliminary round100115 Squad
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1956 Did not enter
Flag of Italy.svg 1960
Flag of Japan.svg 1964
Flag of Mexico.svg 1968
Flag of Germany.svg 1972
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 1976
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg 1980
Flag of the United States.svg 1984 Did not qualify
Flag of South Korea.svg 1988
Flag of Spain.svg 1992
Flag of the United States.svg 1996
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2000
Flag of Greece.svg 2004
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008 Quarter-finals412144 Squad
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2012 Did not qualify
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016
Flag of Japan.svg 2020
Total8/2527103105045

Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992 (with three players of over 23 years of age allowed in the squad).

UEFA Nations League

UEFA Nations League record
Season**DivisionGroupPldWD*LGFGAP/RRKSquad
Flag of Portugal.svg 2018–19 A 1 6312116Equals-sign-blue.gif 2nd Squad
Flag of Italy.svg 2020–21 A 1 632174Equals-sign-blue.gif6th
Flag of None.svg 2022–23 A To be determined
Total1263318102nd
*Denotes draws including knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Group stage played home and away. Flag shown represents host nation for the finals stage.

FIFA Rankings

Last update was on 16 November 2021. Source: [107] The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking - Associations - Netherlands - Men's - FIFA.com

 Worst Ranking   Best Ranking   Worst Mover   Best Mover  

Netherlands's FIFA world rankings
RankYearGames
played
WonDrawnLostBestWorst
RankMoveRankMove
7199375122Increase2.svg 516Decrease2.svg 9
61994159332Increase2.svg 911Decrease2.svg 6
6199595045Increase2.svg 1217Decrease2.svg 9
91996116326Increase2.svg 713Decrease2.svg 5
22199774124Increase2.svg 422Decrease2.svg 10
 111998158526Increase2.svg 1925Decrease2.svg 11
19199990728Increase2.svg 319Decrease2.svg 3
82000149418Increase2.svg 1321Decrease2.svg 2
82001106317Increase2.svg 210Decrease2.svg 1
6200276106Increase2.svg 415Decrease2.svg 6
42003116324Increase2.svg 27Decrease2.svg 3
62004178544Increase2.svg 16Decrease2.svg 1
32005117312Increase2.svg 27Decrease2.svg 1
72006146443Increase2.svg 06Decrease2.svg 3
92007127325Increase2.svg 29Decrease2.svg 3
32008156363Increase2.svg 510Decrease2.svg 1
32009115332Increase2.svg 13Decrease2.svg 1
220101715112Increase2.svg 24Decrease2.svg 1
 22011116221Increase2.svg 12Decrease2.svg 1
82012137162Increase2.svg 28Decrease2.svg 4
92013127505Increase2.svg 49Decrease2.svg 4
52014179353Increase2.svg 1215Decrease2.svg 4
14201594145Increase2.svg 216Decrease2.svg 7
  2220161153314Increase2.svg 426Decrease2.svg 12
2020171180320Increase2.svg 936Decrease2.svg 11
1420181044214Increase2.svg 221Decrease2.svg 1
1420191071212Increase2.svg 116Decrease2.svg 2
142020833213Increase2.svg 115Decrease2.svg 2
10202116113210Increase2.svg 116Decrease2.svg 2

Footnotes

  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.
  2. 1974, 1984–1985, 1986–1988, 1990–1992

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