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HOLLAND FOOTBALL HISTORY

The Netherlands national football team (Dutch: Nederlands nationaal voetbalelftal) represents the Netherlands in international association football. It is controlled by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB), the governing body for football in the Netherlands.

The team is colloquially referred to as Het Nederlands Elftal (The Dutch Eleven) and Oranje, after the House of Orange-Nassau. Like the country itself, the team is sometimes, although incorrectly, referred to as Holland. The Dutch hold the record for playing the most World Cup finals without ever winning the final. They finished second in the 1974, 1978 and 2010 World Cups, losing to West Germany, Argentina and Spain respectively. They won the UEFA European Championship in 1988. At the peak of their success in the 1970s, the team was famous for its mastery of Total Football. The team are currently managed by Louis Van Gaal, but he has announced he will leave after the 2014 FIFA World Cup, to be replaced by Guus Hiddink.

The Netherlands played their first international match in Antwerp against Belgium on 30 April 1905. The players were selected by a five-member commission from the Dutch football association. After 90 minutes, the score was 1–1, but because the match was for a trophy (the "Coupe van den Abeele"), the game went into extra time, in which Eddy de Neve scored three times, making the score 4–1 for the Dutch side.

The Netherlands made their first appearance at the World Cup final tournament in 1934. After a second appearance in 1938 they did not appear in another World Cup until 1974.

The 1970s saw the invention of Total Football (Dutch: Totaalvoetbal), pioneered by Feyenoord and Ajax and led by playmaker Johan Cruyff and national team coach Rinus Michels. The Dutch made huge strides, qualifying for two World Cup finals in the decade. The captain of the Brazilian team that won the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Carlos Alberto, went on to say "The only team I’ve seen that did things differently was Holland at the 1974 World Cup in Germany. Since then everything looks more or less the same to me…. Their ‘carousel’ style of play was amazing to watch and marvellous for the game."

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

 

HOLLAND FOOTBALL TEAM

Fifa  Non-Fifa 
Name  D. o. B.  Position  Current club 
Cillessen, Jasper 1989-04-23 Goalkeeper   Ajax Amsterdam 1 0 0 0 0 0
Blind, Daley 1990-03-09 Left Back   Ajax Amsterdam 1 0 0 0 0 0
Martins Indi, Bruno 1992-02-08 Centre Back   Feyenoord Rotterdam 1 0 0 0 0 0
van der Wiel, Gregory 1988-02-03 Right Back   Paris Saint-Germain 1 0 0 0 0 0
Vlaar, Ron 1985-02-16 Centre Back   Aston Villa FC 1 0 0 0 0 0
Rekik, Karim 1994-12-02 Centre Back   PSV Eindhoven 0 1 0 0 0 0
Sneijder, Wesley 1984-06-09 Attacking Midfielder   Galatasaray İstanbul 1 0 0 0 0 0
Clasie, Jordy 1991-06-27 Centre Midfielder   Feyenoord Rotterdam 1 0 0 0 0 0
Strootman, Kevin 1990-02-13 Centre Midfielder   AS Roma 1 0 0 0 0 0
Klaassen, Davy 1993-02-21 Attacking Midfielder   Ajax Amsterdam 0 1 0 0 0 0
Schaars, Stijn 1984-01-11 Centre Midfielder   PSV Eindhoven 0 1 0 0 0 0
Boëtius, Jean-Paul 1994-03-22 Left Winger   Feyenoord Rotterdam 1 0 0 0 0 0
Promes, Quincy 1992-01-04 Right Winger   FC Twente Enschede 1 0 0 0 0 0
van Persie, Robin 1983-08-06 Centre Forward   Manchester United 1 0 0 0 0 0
Depay, Memphis 1994-02-13 Left Winger   PSV Eindhoven 0 1 0 0 0 0

 

WORLDCUP HISTORY

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
 1930 Did Not Enter
 1934 Round 1 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3
 1938 Round 1 14th 1 0 0 1 0 3
 1950 Did Not Enter
 1954
 1958 Did Not Qualify
 1962
 1966
 1970
 1974 Runners-Up 2nd 7 5 1 1 15 3
 1978 Runners-Up 2nd 7 3 2 2 15 10
 1982 Did Not Qualify
 1986
 1990 Round of 16 15th 4 0 3 1 3 4
 1994 Quarter-Finals 7th 5 3 0 2 8 6
 1998 Semi-Finals 4th 7 3 3 1 13 7
  2002 Did Not Qualify
 2006 Round of 16 11th 4 2 1 1 3 2
 2010 Runners-Up 2nd 7 6 0 1 12 6
 2014 Qualified TBD
Total 10/20 3 Finals 43 22 10 11 71 44


 

HOLLAND FOOTBALL PLAYERS RECORD

TOP CAPS

# Player National career Matches Goals Total career
1. Edwin van der Sar 1995–2008 130 0 1988–2011
2. Frank de Boer 1990–2004 112 13 1988–2005
3. Rafael van der Vaart 2001– 109 25 2000–
4. Giovanni van Bronckhorst 1996–2010 106 6 1993–2010
5. Phillip Cocu 1996–2006 101 10 1988–2006
6. Dirk Kuyt 2004– 98 24 2000–
7. Wesley Sneijder 2003– 97 26 2002–
8. Clarence Seedorf 1994–2008 87 11 1992–2013
8. John Heitinga 2004– 87 7 2001–
10. Marc Overmars 1993–2004 86 17 1990–2009
11. Aron Winter 1987–2000 84 6 1986–2003
Joris Mathijsen 2004–2012 84 3 1998–
13. Ruud Krol 1969–1983 83 4 1968–1986
14. Robin van Persie 2005– 82 41 2001–
15. Dennis Bergkamp 1990–2000 79 37 1986–2006
Patrick Kluivert 1994–2004 79 40 1994–2008
Mark van Bommel 2000–2012 79 10 1992–2013
18. Ronald Koeman 1983–1994 78 14 1980–1997
19. Edgar Davids 1994–2005 74 6 1992–
20. Hans van Breukelen 1980–1992 73 0 1976–1994
Frank Rijkaard 1980–1994 73 10 1980–1995
Arjen Robben 2003– 73 22 2000–

 

TOP GOAL SCORERS


# Player National career Goals Matches Average Total career
7. Abe Lenstra 1940–1959 33 47 0.70 1935–1963
9. Bep Bakhuys 1928–1937 28 23 1.22 1925–1946
3. Dennis Bergkamp 1990–2000 37 79 0.47 1986–2006
4. Faas Wilkes 1946–1961 35 38 0.92 1940–1964
7. Johan Cruyff 1966–1977 33 48 0.69 1964–1984
10. Kick Smit 1935–1946 26 29 0.90 1924–1950
6. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 2006– 34 60 0.57 2002–
2. Patrick Kluivert 1994–2004 40 79 0.51 1994–2008
1. Robin van Persie 2005– 41 82 0.50 2001–
4. Ruud van Nistelrooy 1998–2011 35 70 0.50 1994–2012
10. Wesley Sneijder 2003– 26 97 0.27 2002-

 

 

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