Dutch national football team

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Logo of the Dutch Football Association
Nickname (s) Orange , Elftal
Association Koninklijke Nederlandse
Voetbal Bond
confederacy UEFA
Technical sponsor Nike
Head coach Dwight Lodeweges (interim)
Assistant coach Fred Grim
captain Virgil van Dijk
(since 2018)
Record scorer Robin van Persie (50)
Record player Wesley Sneijder (134)
Home stadium Johan Cruyff Arena
FIFA rank 14. (1604 points)
(as of July 16, 2020)
First jersey
Second jersey
Balance sheet
808 games
408 wins
177 draws
224 defeats
First international match Belgium 1: 4 Netherlands ( Antwerp , Belgium ; April 30, 1905 )
BelgiumBelgium NetherlandsNetherlands
Biggest win Netherlands 11-0 San Marino ( Eindhoven , Netherlands ; September 2, 2011 )
NetherlandsNetherlands San MarinoSan Marino
Biggest defeat Netherlands 2:12 England (amateurs) ( The Hague , Netherlands ; April 1, 1907 )
NetherlandsNetherlands EnglandEngland
Successes in tournaments
World Championship
Participation in the finals 10 ( first : 1934 )
Best results Second place in 1974 , 1978 , 2010
European Championship
Participation in the finals 9 ( first : 1976 )
Best results European champion in 1988
Olympic games
bronze 1908
bronze 1912
bronze 1920
(As of November 19, 2019)

The Dutch national football team ( netherlands : Nederlands voetbalelftal ) is the name of the football team in the Netherlands . Since 1905, 759 players competed for the team organized by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbal Bond . In 797 games , the Dutch national team reached 401 wins and 176 draws, and lost 221 games. So far she has participated in nine soccer world championships and eight European championships . Her greatest successes were the European championship title in 1988 , as well as three runner-up world championships in 1974 , 1978 and 2010 . The national team also won three bronze medals at the 1908 , 1912 and 1920 Olympic Games and came third at the 2014 World Cup . On August 24, 2011, the team led the FIFA world rankings alone for the first time. Due to the orange jerseys that have been traditional since December 21, 1907 and the ruling royal family of Orange- Nassau in the Netherlands , the team is also known as Oranje elftal (orange eleven) or Oranje for short , in German also incorrectly referred to as Oranjes in the plural .


Before the First World War

Beginnings of international football relations

International games played by Dutch teams have been shaped from the start by the "brotherly duels" with their neighbors from Belgium. Football contacts had existed since around 1890. On March 30th of that year, the oldest Belgian club, Royal Antwerp , which had been founded by the English and at that time had almost only English players, came to a game at Concordia in Rotterdam. The following year the “English Belgians” received a selection from the Dutch city. The later Minister of the Interior and Agriculture Jan Kan , who later recalled:

“When we arrived at the venue at nine in the morning, the honorary beer was already ready, followed by an opulent lunch, during which the beer flowed again. The game didn't start until 3:00 p.m. and we only got nine men on the field. We were able to achieve a draw - which is probably only owed to the fact that the opposing players had awarded the beer even more than we did. "

- Jan Kan

Further encounters between Dutch and Belgian, but also British teams followed. Sparta Rotterdam in particular was a pioneer in this regard.

The Dutch Football Association - known until 1895 as the Football and Athletics Association NVAB ( Nederlandsche Voetbal- en Athletic Bond ) - was founded as early as 1889 . Five years later, on February 6, 1894, the first international game of the NVAB was played. The selection of players from five clubs - who played in the shirts of their respective clubs for the encounter with FC Felixstowe , who had played a 1-1 draw at Sparta the day before - lost against the English with 0: 1. English teams were mostly the opponents of the Dutch selection in the following years, including village clubs like the one from Saxmundham , which the NVAB-Elf could defeat 9-2. Ultimately, however, the English teams were merely development workers who helped Dutch football get on its feet. On December 3, 1900, a Bondselftal with players from Ajax Leiden , HBS Craeyenhout , HVV Den Haag , RAP Amsterdam , Vitesse Arnheim and Victoria Wageningen competed against Preussen Berlin in The Hague - and won 5-1.

First official internationals

First Dutch national team in 1905 before the encounter in Belgium

In 1904 the NVB was one of the founders of FIFA, and in the same year the Belgian association played its first international match. Reason enough for the NVB to plan an international match as well. In the run-up, the team completed a training game against the English capital club London Caledonians on April 21, 1905 , which they lost 3-2. On April 30, 1905 there was the first official international match of a Dutch, and in this case really Dutch selection, because all players came from the two provinces of Noord- and Zuid-Holland : on the field of play stood with Stom (actually at HFC ), Lutjens (HVV) and de Neve (HBS) three players who were active at a military school in Breda and for the local Velocitas club, plus goalkeepers Beeuwkes , Lotsy and de Vos from the DFC and the Spartans de Korver and Boomsma . The Haarlemer Stol , Gleenewinkel Kamperdijk from HBS and HVV player Dolf Kessler as captain completed the first Elftal . The game in front of 800 spectators in Antwerp ended 4: 1 for the Netherlands, but only after an extension of 30 minutes, because after regular time it was 1: 1. All goals were scored by the Dutch - de Neve scored four times for “Holland”, Stom scored for the Belgians in their own goal. In this and the next games, the team did not wear orange jerseys, but white jerseys with red, white and blue stripes borrowed from the flag .

Scene in front of the Belgian goal from the second international match on May 14, 1905

The first was followed by three more games against the Belgians in 1905 and 1906, before the Dutch competed for the first time on April 1, 1907 against a selection from the soccer motherland. For the first time, the selection committee of the NVB invited players from the east of the kingdom to this match against the English amateur national team , namely Janssen from the Enschede club Prinses Wilhelmina , van Beek from Quick from Kampen and Blume from Quick from Nijmegen . Janssen replaced the playmaker de Korver previously used in all four games, making Ben Stom the first sole record international with his fifth appearance. In addition to Stom, goalkeeper Beeuwkes and van der Vinne , there were a total of eight debutants on the pitch. The English showed the Dutch their limits: after five minutes it was 0-2 before Blume cut the short cut. By half time the amateurs from the island increased to 5: 1 and in the end Beeuwkes had to reach eight times behind them. For three of the new national players, including van Beek and Blume, their international career was over.

After two more defeats against Belgium returned to the "revenge game" against the English on December 21, 1907 in Darlington de Korver under pressure from the press in the team, which was now composed only of Western players. For the match in England a new division had been designed: orange jerseys with a white border, white shorts, black socks with an orange-white border. Substitute goalkeeper La Chapelle stood between the posts for Beeuwkes and became the record goalkeeper for the Netherlands to concede the most goals to date - the first one a few seconds after kick-off, scored by Woodward . Eleven more followed until the final whistle, five of which were due to Stapley . The match ended 2:12, Ruffelse scored the 1: 5 and the last goal of the game. To date, it is the biggest defeat of a Dutch team, it was La Chapelle's only international match, although he was part of the squad at the Olympic Games the following year.

Development aid from an Englishman

However, the game had the effect that the association now pushed more towards the training of players. The English training system was to serve as a model, and in 1908, Edgar Chadwick, a former English professional player, was hired to coach the national team. Chadwick led the team to the bronze medal at the London Olympics and established it as one of the best teams in mainland Europe. In 1910 and 1912, the Elftal played three times against the team from the German Empire , the fifth opponent after Belgium, England's amateurs, France and Sweden . Oranje won the first two games, and the Germans only managed to draw in the third game. At the Olympic Games in Sweden in 1912 , the team again achieved bronze.

The team that won against England on March 24, 1913. In the middle, Bok de Korver with a crown of honor for his 30th international match

On March 24, 1913, the team trained by Chadwick was able to eradicate the "Shame of Darlington - or that of London 1911: 9: 1?" In The Hague, they managed to beat the English amateur team, again led by Woodward, 2-1 in the only international match at the Houtrust sports grounds of HBS Craeyenhout . From the team of 1907, only de Korver was left on the pitch. Two goalscorer was Huug de Groot , who gave his team an early lead in the fourth minute and after Woodward equalized (“Who else but Woodward?”, Writes Johan Derksen; the Chelsea player had previously played six matches between the two teams scored ten goals, five of them at 9-1 in London) also scored the winning goal in the 56th minute. 16,000 spectators were officially there, but there must have been far more who watched the defensive battle of the last half hour from trucks outside the fence, in which goalkeeper Göbel von Vitesse “held like a god” and his “resolute defenders” according to contemporary reports their strong bodies threw the ball in the way. ”The football fans present and the Dutch press celebrated the victory exuberantly:

"Our appreciation goes to the eleven in their entirety, who united as a unit in their striving defied the mighty Albion, broke its pride, defeated its elite selection."

In the end it was not the true elite selection, not the official “first” team of the Football Association , but “only” the amateur selection , but that didn't detract from the euphoria. The match against the selection from his home country was Chadwick's penultimate game as a trainer. For the games up to and including May 17, 1914 in Denmark , the Scot took over Billy Hunter . Then the world war forced football to take a five-year hiatus.

1919 to 1930 - From the Olympic podium to mediocrity

The third bronze medal and the "Shame of the Scheldt"

After the war, Fred Warburton was the next Englishman to be entrusted by the NVB as coach. Warburton led the team to the Olympic Games in neighboring Belgium, where they won the third Olympic bronze medal. A central player in these games and the following years was Jan de Natris , who in 1950 was described as the "best player who was ever active at Ajax Amsterdam " and made his debut in the national team in the spring of 1920. At the Olympic soccer competition in Brussels and Antwerp , de Natris was initially part of the line-up when the Dutch team attacked. In the quarter-finals against Sweden , he scored the goal in extra time to win 5-4. This was followed by what became known as De Schande van de Schelde ("The Shame of the Schelde"). The crew had traveled to Antwerp on a ship made available by the Dutch government, the Hollandia . During the games, the players stayed on the ship anchored on the Scheldt , three of them in small, sparsely equipped cabins without electric lights or washing facilities - "a disgusting, gloomy chamber in which you don't even lock prisoners," he said Chronicler of De Sportkroniek - while the officials were allowed to spend the night in luxurious hotel rooms.

After de Natris complained about the accommodations for the players, the association said they could appease them with a gramophone and a few records. De Natris and others, including his storm colleague Jaap Bulder, smeared the records with jam and used them to hop on the river. When, after losing the semi-final against the eventual Olympic champion (and at that time arch rivals) Belgium , several players got very drunk in Antwerp's pubs and de Natris, Jaap Bulder and the supplementary players Evert van Linge and Henk Tempel did not return to Hollandia until late at night , the association took action and excluded these four from the rest of the tournament. Only when their teammates threatened to strike for the “small final” were the “sinners” at least allowed to go to the match, but were not used. Without them, the team lost the game for second place against Spain , but won the bronze medal for the third time due to the disqualification of the Czechoslovaks .

No chance against the Olympic champion

Four years later, at the Olympic Games in France, the Netherlands - still trained by an Englishman, now Bill Townley - won the round of 16 against Romania 6-0 ; Kees Pijl scored four goals. After the lost semi-final - against Uruguay with the "black miracle" Andrade - Sweden was again opponent of the Dutch. The game for third place ended in a 1-1 draw; Oranje lost the replay with 1: 3, so that after three bronze medals at the fourth Olympic football tournament only the “thankless” fourth place remained.

Olympic Stadium Amsterdam, 1928

In 1925, Bob Glendenning took over as coach. He was to remain in office until 1940 and is still the bond coach with the most games in a row in the new millennium . But he could not celebrate great success with his team, although the expectations were often high, for example before the Olympic Games in 1928 in his own country. Despite mixed results in the test matches before the Olympic Games - four out of ten games in 1927 and 1928 were won, three lost - the audience was euphoric. However, the lot - drawn by Prince Consort Hendrik - brought the home team the reigning Olympic champion and upcoming world champion Uruguay as the first opponent . 40,000 people wanted to see their national team win against the South Americans in the newly built Olympic Stadium , which actually only held 31,000 spectators, in the round of 16 on May 30 , but Uruguay easily won 2-0. All that remained for the Olympic hosts was the consolation round organized by FIFA, in which the Netherlands gave the trophy to the Chileans after a 2-2 draw in the final .

After the Olympic Games of 1928, the team could only win one of 13 games by the end of 1930. In November 1930, she lost 3: 6 in Zurich's Letzigrund against the Swiss team, which had previously been rated equally strong . The defeat was the final impetus for the KNVB to set up a selection committee to watch league games throughout the Netherlands and look for national players. Karel Lotsy became the head of the three-person commission . Their mission: "There has to be a Dutch team that wins."

The Karel Lotsy era

Beb Bakhuys and unexpected defeats at world championships

In 1930 Karel Lotsy received his first office at the KNVB when he was elected to the main board. This marked the beginning of the "Lotsy era": until 1954 he was to have a decisive influence on the fate of Dutch football. On January 25, 1931, he took up his post as head of the selection committee; just two weeks later, the candidates for the national team met for the first time for a joint training session in The Hague. From then on, these meetings took place twice a week on the premises of VUC Den Haag . Every Thursday Lotsy gave his patriotic thunderous speeches here. The success came first: In 1931 and 1932 Oranje won six out of ten games, plus a draw against the German team. Hopes that were growing as a result could not be fully fulfilled at the two following World Championships. In 1934 the Netherlands lost to Switzerland in the round of 16. Four years later, the team was eliminated again in the round of sixteen, this time against Czechoslovakia.

After the Second World War, from which the Dutch people also suffered greatly, it took a long time for the national football team to catch up with a higher European level. Up to and including Mexico 1970 she could not qualify for a World Cup tournament, while Dutch top clubs like Ajax Amsterdam already had a pretty good reputation in the European context.

The successful 1970s

The Dutch national team before the 1974 World Cup final

The heyday of Dutch football began in the early 1970s with the successes of Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord Rotterdam in the European Football Cup . At the 1974 World Cup , the Dutch team around the brilliant playmaker Johan Cruyff with their total voetbal was considered the best team in terms of play, but lost in the final against the strong German team with 1: 2. Two years later, the Netherlands qualified for the finals of the 1976 European Championship , ahead of Italy's runner-up in 1970 and Poland, third in the World Cup , where the best four European teams competed against each other. The trunk of the 1974 Elf was still intact and the Netherlands finished third. At the 1978 World Cup Cruyff did not participate more. A brutal kidnapping attempt of his family in 1977 in Barcelona is said to have been the reason that he did not find the nerve to start again. In 1978 the Netherlands reached the final and lost again to the hosts, this time 3-1 after extra time against Argentina . They succeeded in the 90th minute when the score was 1: 1 a shot on the Argentine goal, which ricocheted off the post.

The 1980s - the road to the only title

With the European Championship in 1980 , after the stars of the successful generation had ended their careers or passed their zenith, the glamorous years of the Dutch national team came to an end. A quite old team - the pillars of the team, like team captain Ruud Krol and midfield strategist Arie Haan, were already over 30, or were just about to do so , like René and Willy van de Kerkhof and Johnny Rep , only the unused Romeo Zondervan and John Metgod were after 1956 Born - in Italy, especially in the group game against Germany, did not find his way back to the previous tournament form.

In this match, Willy van de Kerkhof couldn't get his brilliant direct opponent, midfield director Bernd Schuster , under control, which turned out to be decisive. The 20-year-old shoemaker prepared two of Klaus Allofs' three goals . Even if the Netherlands came close to 3-2 in the last ten minutes through an unjustified 19-year-old substitute Lothar Matthäus , a penalty from Rep and a goal by Willy van de Kerkhof, the German victory was never in danger. In the last group game against the ČSSR , the Elftal would have needed a win to at least move into the game for third place, but played especially in the first half without inspiration and only got a 1 in a game that was played hard by the Czechs and Slovaks: 1. "My players seem to have been on vacation in their minds," said Bondscoach Jan Zwartkruis after the game.

Lineups in the final of the EM 1988 Netherlands – USSR

Zwartkruis' time as coach came to an end with the mini-World Cup in Uruguay , which was not very successful for the European teams, at the turn of the year 1980/81. In the spring of 1981, Kees Rijvers took over the team to lead them to the 1982 World Cup . However, the Netherlands had to let France and Belgium take part in the World Cup and were only fourth behind Ireland in their group after losing the decisive match in Paris 2-0.

Two years later, qualifying for the 1984 European Championship for Rijvers, his team and the whole country ended in shock: after Spain's 12-1 victory in the last Group 7 game against Malta , the European Championship that had been believed to be safe had gone to the Spaniards - and with the same goal difference only because of two more hits. The qualification for the 1986 World Cup also ended under association coach Leo Beenhakker with a "very close", as Enzo Scifo put it, decision against the Netherlands: of all things, the old rival Belgium they had to play in two relegation games due to the away goals rule - after the 1: 2 connection goal by Georges Grün in the 85th minute of the second leg in Rotterdam - participation left.

It was only under bond coach Rinus Michels that he returned to the limelight and won the first football title for the Netherlands in 1988 with his success at the European Championships in Germany . The cornerstone of the team was the trio of Frank Rijkaard in defense, Ruud Gullit in midfield and top scorer Marco van Basten in attack , which were also successful at AC Milan .

Final Years of the 1988 Generation (1988–1994)

Since winning the European Championship in 1988, the Netherlands have been represented at all major tournaments with the exception of the 2002 World Cup , but never made it past the semi-finals for the next 20 years. In qualifying for the 1990 World Cup in Italy , the Dutch national team met Wales , again Germany and Finland . The Netherlands qualified as group winners ahead of arch-rivals from Germany for the finals, where Elftal met Egypt , England and Ireland in the group stage . With three draws in all three games, the Dutch team qualified for the round of 16, in which they were eliminated with a 1: 2 defeat against arch-rivals Germany. The round of 16 game against the Federal Republic was remembered by Frank Rijkaard's spitting attack against German striker Rudi Völler , with both Rijkaard and Völler receiving the red card. In the following qualification for the 1992 European Championships in Sweden, Oranje played in a group with Portugal , Greece , Malta and Finland. The Netherlands qualified as group winners for the tournament and met Scotland , the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Germany in the group stage and qualified for the semi-finals after a draw against the CIS and two wins against Scotland and Germany, where the Netherlands met Denmark . The Dutch national team was able to equalize the opening goal of the Dane Henrik Larsen twice in the person of Dennis Bergkamp and Frank Rijkaard ; after the score was 2-2 after 90 minutes and no decisive goal was scored for either team in extra time, the penalty shoot-out had to decide in favor of one of the two selections. Marco van Basten missed, so that the Netherlands lost 4-5. In qualifying for the 1994 World Cup in the United States, the Netherlands played against Norway , Portugal , Turkey , San Marino and England. The Dutch qualified second behind the Norwegians and ahead of England for the finals in the USA. The Netherlands played in a group with Saudi Arabia , Belgium and Morocco . With equal points and the same goal difference as Saudi Arabia and Belgium, the Netherlands qualified as group winners for the round of 16, where the Dutch team won 2-0 against Ireland. In the quarter-finals, the selection against eventual world champions Brazil was eliminated 2: 3.

Penalty defeats and home European championships (1994–2001)

In the following qualification for the European Championship in England in 1996, the Dutch national team came second in a group with Luxembourg , Norway, the Czech Republic , Malta and Belarus . With a 1-0 win in the playoff against Ireland, Elftal qualified for the finals in the "motherland of football". The Netherlands was drawn into a group with Scotland, Switzerland and hosts England. A goalless draw was followed by a 2-0 win against Switzerland. Despite a 4-1 defeat in the last group game against England, the Netherlands qualified second in the group in front of Scots tied for points and with the same goal difference as Scotland for the round of 16, as the Dutch national team scored more goals. In the quarter-finals, the Netherlands were eliminated from France on penalties . The Netherlands then played in qualifying for the 1998 World Cup in France in a group with Wales, Belgium, San Marino and Turkey. With one point ahead of their neighbors from Belgium, the Dutch team qualified for the tournament in France and again played against Belgium as well as South Korea and Mexico in the group stage. With one win and two draws, the Dutch qualified for the round of 16, beating Yugoslavia 2-1 with a late goal from Edgar Davids . In the second round, the Netherlands met Argentina and won again 2-1. In the semifinals, Guus Hiddink's team were eliminated on penalties against Brazil. The Netherlands was automatically qualified as co-host for the 2000 European Championship . In the group stage, the team, now trained by Frank Rijkaard , played against the Czech Republic, Denmark and France and became group winners with a full score of 9 points. In the quarter-finals, the team beat Yugoslavia 6-1 and were eliminated in the semifinals on penalties against Italy, with Frank de Boer and Patrick Kluivert each missing a penalty in regular time and de Boer, Jaap Stam and Paul Bosvelt again missed on penalties . The Dutch national team could not qualify for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, after only finishing third in a group with Ireland, Cyprus , Portugal, Andorra and Estonia . Louis van Gaal then resigned as a bond coach.

The rise of the generation around van der Vaart, Sneijder and Robben (2001–2008)

Under Dick Advocaat , who trained the team until 1994, a new build followed. This also included the integration of Rafael van der Vaart into the team. In qualifying for the 2004 European Championship in Portugal, the Dutch selection met Belarus, Austria , the Czech Republic and Moldova . The Netherlands became second in the group with a 3-1 defeat in the penultimate game against the Czech Republic and met Scotland in the playoffs of the group runners-up. A 1-0 first leg win in Glasgow was followed by a 6-1 win in the second leg in the Netherlands. Arch-rivals Germany , the Czech Republic and Latvia were drawn in the group stage for the Netherlands . In the opening game against runner-up Germany, the Netherlands had been down 0-1 with a goal from Torsten Frings in the 30th minute before Ruud van Nistelrooy equalized; this was equivalent to the final score. In the second game against the Czech Republic, the Netherlands were 2-0 ahead and lost 3-2 in the end. With a 3-0 win in the last game against outsiders Latvia and the simultaneous defeat of the Germans in the parallel game against the Czech Republic, the Netherlands qualified for the quarter-finals, in which they beat Sweden on penalties . In the semifinals, the Netherlands were eliminated by hosts Portugal. Bond coach Dick Advocaat resigned after the tournament. Under his direction, Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben made their debut in the Dutch national team. In qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, there was a clash with the Czech Republic, Macedonia , Finland, Andorra and Romania as well as Finland. With just two draws against Macedonia and ten wins, Oranje qualified as group winners for the finals in the country of their arch-rivals and faced Serbia-Montenegro , Ivory Coast and Argentina in the group stage . The Netherlands won the opening game against Serbia-Montenegro 1-0 with a goal from Robben in the 18th minute. In the second game, Elftal won against Ivory Coast with goals from Robin van Persie and Ruud van Nistelrooy 2-1. With a goalless draw against Argentina, the Netherlands lost their group win and met Portugal in the round of 16. In the “Battle of Nuremberg”, in which several Portuguese and Dutch players saw cards, the Dutch team lost 1-0. Khalid Boulahrouz and Giovanni van Bronckhorst saw the yellow-red card . On the Portuguese side, Costinha and Deco were sent off.

Although Elftal only suffered two defeats in 12 games in qualifying for the European Championship in 2008 , their rarely convincing performances caused criticism in their own country. At the European Championships , the Dutch defeated first world champion Italy and runner-up France in the so-called "group of deaths" C, as well as Romania with a "B-Elf" and were therefore considered favorites for the title. They were eliminated in the quarter-finals by a 1: 3 nV against the Russians trained by Dutchman Guus Hiddink .

Vice-world title 2010 and decline (2008-2017)

After the EM 2008, as planned, Bert van Marwijk took over the post as bond coach. There were initially few changes in the squad, apart from the resignations of Edwin van der Sars and Ruud van Nistelrooij . Not surprisingly came the comeback of Mark van Bommel , who played in the defensive midfield in the first international match under the direction of his father-in-law. In Moscow there was a 1-1 draw in the game of revenge against Russia. In the second friendly against Australia there was a 2-1 defeat in Eindhoven, in which Maarten Stekelenburg - Van der Sars successor as number one - saw the red card and helped Henk Timmer to his sixth appearance in Oranje . Ryan Babel returned to the team after his injury. At the top Klaas-Jan Huntelaar took the place of van Nistelrooij in the first few games.

In the World Cup qualification there was a 2-1 victory in Macedonia at the beginning . In the second game, Oranje defeated Iceland 2-0. In Rotterdam , Edwin van der Sar celebrated his "comeback" and thus his 129th appearance in the national team. Van Marwijk had convinced him to step in again for two games in the World Cup qualifying for the injured Stekelenburg. Dirk Marcellis was the first newcomer of the Van Marwijk era to make his debut in the Elftal , whose defense he reinforced in the following match in Oslo . Thanks to a goal by van Bommel, the Netherlands beat Norway 1-0 after an unattractive game and thus remained in the third World Cup qualifier without losing points. In the last friendly game against Sweden in 2008 , there was a 3-1 win, Michel Vorm made his debut in goal. Van Persie (2) and Kuyt scored the goals.

2009 started with a 1-1 draw in Tunis against Tunisia . It was only the fourth time that Elftal played on African soil. Against the number 41 in the FIFA world rankings, van Marwijk changed the team in some positions, especially leaving the Madrid players van der Vaart and Huntelaar, who had not had enough match practice, on the bench. But it was Huntelaar who took the lead a quarter of an hour after being substituted on. The debutants in this less thrilling match were Edson Braafheid , who lasted the full playing time, and Gregory van der Wiel in the final minutes . The Ajax player was allowed to play the entire 90 minutes in the next game, in the World Cup qualifier on March 28th. Thanks to goals from Huntelaar and van Persie before the break and a penalty goal from Kuyt, they beat Scotland 3-0 . With the fifth win in as many games, a 4-0 win over Macedonia on April 1 - the goals were scored by Huntelaar, twice Kuyt and substitute van der Vaart - the Dutch came very close to participating in the 2010 World Cup. The team made it perfect - and with it the trip to South Africa - on June 6th with a 2-1 win on Iceland thanks to two goals from de Jong and van Bommel. They also won the match against Norway four days later 2-0, Ooijer and Robben scored .

In the first game of the World Cup season, after a 2-0 half-time lead, there was a 2-2 draw against England . The team - without the injured regulars van Bommel and van Bronckhorst - did not reach the form they had before the summer break in this friendly match. A friendship encounter with the Japanese who also qualified for the 2010 World Cup - the first international match against the Asians and the first also in Enschede - Oranje won with a flattering 3-0. The goals came in the last 20 minutes by van Persie , Sneijder and substitute Huntelaar . With Loovens in defense and Elia and goalkeeper Velthuizen , who came on after half-time , three players made their debut in the national team. Especially because of the performance in the first half, Bondscoach van Marwijk called it the "worst game under my management."

With a 1-0 win in Glasgow, the Dutch won their eighth and final World Cup qualifier four days later . In doing so, they set the record for the German team from World Cup qualification in 1982 . Substitute Elia scored the goal against Scotland .

House in Silvolde during the 2010 World Cup

In their first international match in Australia and Oceania , the Socceroos were then 0-0. With the same result, Oranje parted ways with the Italian team in Pescara in November in a charity match for the victims of the April earthquake in Abruzzo . In the third goalless draw in a row, against Paraguay on November 18, 2009, Wout Brama and Otman Bakkal made their debuts with short appearances in Heerenveen . At the beginning of March 2010, Bondscoach van Marwijk extended his contract until after the Euro 2012 . In the first international match of the year, they won 2-1 against the USA, in which Ron Vlaar made his comeback in Orange after more than four years . For the World Cup in South Africa , the Netherlands was placed as one of the group heads based on the FIFA world rankings and was thus given preference over Portugal and France , which had done better in previous tournaments. There the Dutch played in Group E against Denmark , Japan and Cameroon , against which they were able to prevail as group winners. As the only undefeated team in the course of the tournament besides New Zealand , they faced the Spanish selection in the final , which ended with their 0-1 victory in the successful Dutch streak of 25 unbeaten games - including 14 wins from all competitive games of the tournament including qualification.

At the EM 2012 , the team under van Marwijk was eliminated as vice world champion after three defeats against Denmark (0: 1 ), Germany (1: 2) and Portugal (1: 2 ) in the preliminary round. It was the worst result of a Dutch national team in their tournament history. Van Marwijk resigned on June 27, 2012.

About a week after van Marwijk's resignation, the Dutch association presented Louis van Gaal as the new head coach. Van Gaal took up his post with assistants Danny Blind and Patrick Kluivert on August 1, 2012. It started with a 2: 4 defeat in the 125th international match against Belgium, with Rafael van der Vaart as the fifth Dutchman to complete his 100th international match . On September 10, 2013 van Gaal qualified with the Dutch national team after a 2-0 win in Andorra as the first European team for the 2014 World Cup.

In the first game of the Dutch at the 2014 World Cup , van Gaal and his team won against the final opponent from 2010 and reigning European and world champions Spain with 5: 1, and with a 3: 2 against Australia and a 2: 0 against Chile won the group without losing points Group B, defeated Mexico 2-1 in the round of 16 and Costa Rica in the quarter-finals on penalties (0-0 aet; 4: 3 penalties), but missed out on penalties against Argentina as well : 0 n.V .; 2: 4 n.E.). In the game for third place, the Dutch beat Brazil 3-0. National coach Louis van Gaal made a novelty when he replaced the second substitute goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the 93rd minute . With this substitution, all 23 players in the World Cup had played at least one minute at the tournament in Brazil for the Netherlands.

After the tournament van Gaal resigned as national coach. His successor was Guus Hiddink , who was now Bondscoach for the second time. The first game under his direction was lost 2-0 in Bari against Italy . In qualifying for the 2016 European Championship in France , the Netherlands faced the Czech Republic , Kazakhstan , Iceland , Latvia and again Turkey. Hiddink's last game as Bondscoach ended with a victory against Latvia in the European Championship qualifiers in June 2015. He resigned a short time later. He was followed by his previous assistant coach Danny Blind . His debut was unsuccessful when the European Championship qualifiers were lost against Iceland at home and in Turkey. In the penultimate game against Kazakhstan they won. At the end of the qualifying round, the Dutch selection finished fourth in the group and missed participation in a major tournament for the first time since 2002.

In qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia , the Netherlands met Sweden , Belarus , runner-up European champions France , Luxembourg and Bulgaria . After the "Elftal" only finished fourth after two defeats, one draw and two wins, Bondscoach blind was dismissed; In the last game led by Blind, the 2-0 defeat in Sofia against Bulgaria, the 17-year-old Matthijs de Ligt made his debut for the Dutch national team. Under his successor Dick Advocaat , the Netherlands started with a 5-0 win in the World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg in Rotterdam , but the following game on August 31, 2017 in Saint-Denis against France ended with a 0-4 defeat. The remaining four games were all won, but since Sweden beat Luxembourg 8-0 on the penultimate match day in Solna and despite a 2-0 win on the last group match day against the Scandinavians, the Netherlands finished fourth behind the Swedes due to the poor goal difference Place and thus missed a major tournament for the second time in a row. As a result, Coach Dick Advocaat resigned from his position on November 8, 2017.

The missed qualifications for the 2016 European Championship and for the 2018 World Championship had the following reasons: On the one hand, the generation of players after the same around van Persie, Robben and Sneijder did not make the breakthrough, on the other hand, the Eredivisie lost the connection in international comparison. Furthermore, the 4-3-3 was considered out of date, while the Dutch talents moved abroad early, but could not fight for a regular place at their clubs.

Rebuilding under Ronald Koeman (2018–)

In February 2018, Ronald Koeman was introduced as the new bond coach. In addition, with Nico-Jan Hoogma, a new sports director was hired. Koeman relies on a chain of three or five on the defensive . In March 2018 Wesley Sneijder resigned from the national team; On September 6, 2018, he celebrated his departure from the national team as part of a friendly against Peru in Amsterdam , with 21-year-old Frenkie de Jong coming on in the middle of the second half . In Group 1 of League A of the newly created UEFA Nations League , the Dutch national team met the reigning world champions France and Germany . The first leg against the German team in Amsterdam was won 3-0. On the one hand it was the biggest win against Germany and on the other hand the first win against the German national team in 16 years. A 2-0 win against world champions France followed in Rotterdam on November 16, and goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay marked the first win against the Bleus in ten years. The German national team was relegated to League B before the last game thanks to the Dutch victory. In the second leg, the Germans took the lead early through goals from Timo Werner and Leroy Sané and left only a few chances in their own half. The goal was only followed in the 85th minute by Quincy Promes , who had been ordered into the storm by coach Koeman, and the powerful captain and defense chief Virgil van Dijk finally scored in the 91st minute with a volley to make it 2-2. The team moved into the final round of the Final Four as group winners with Switzerland, Portugal and England, and after a 3-1 win over England they reached the final; this lost the Elftal with 0: 1 against Portugal .

In qualifying for EM 2021 , the Netherlands met Germany again. Other opponents were Estonia , again Belarus and Northern Ireland . Second in the group after a 2: 3 and 4: 2 against Germany as well as a 4: 0 and a 5: 0 over Estonia you could qualify directly for the finals. In the period up to the end of the European Championship qualification, Denzel Dumfries and Donyell Malen, who are under contract with PSV Eindhoven, made their debut for the Elftal .

International match records

The Netherlands have the following results against other national teams (at least 10 games; as of October 13, 2019 after the game against Belarus):

country Sp. S. U N Goal
Important encounters
BelgiumBelgium Belgium 127 55 31 41 280: 220 +60 Semifinals of the 1920 Olympic Games, consolation round of the 1928 Olympic Games; World Cup preliminary round 1994, 1998; European Championship quarter-finals 1976
BrazilBrazil Brazil 013 04th 05 04th 019: 020 - 01 Preliminary round of the 1952 Olympic Games; World Cup intermediate round 1974, World Cup quarter-finals 1994, 2010, World Cup semi-finals 1998, World Cup match for 3rd place 2014
BulgariaBulgaria Bulgaria 012 05 02 05 020: 017 + 03 World Cup preliminary round 1974, qualification 2018; European Championship qualification 2008
DenmarkDenmark Denmark 031 12 10 09 059: 043 +16 1912 Olympic Games semi-finals; World Cup preliminary round 2010; EC semi-finals 1992, EC preliminary round 2000, 2012
GermanyGermany Germany 044 12 16 16 075: 084 - 09 World Cup final 1974, World Cup intermediate round 1978, World Cup round of 16 1990; European Championship preliminary round 1980, 1992, 2004, 2012, European Championship semi-finals 1988; Nations League 2018/19, European Championship qualification 2020
EnglandEngland England 022nd 07th 09 06th 029: 031 - 02nd World Cup preliminary round 1990, European Championship preliminary round 1988, 1996, UEFA Nations League 2018/19 final round
EnglandEngland England (amateurs) 010 02 01 07th 010: 043 −33 only friendly matches
FinlandFinland Finland 014th 11 02 01 043: 014 +29 Game for 3rd place at the 1912 Olympic Games; World Cup qualification 1990, 2006; European Championship qualification 1976, 1992, 2012
FranceFrance France 028 11 04th 13 056: 047 +9 World Cup qualification 1982, 2018; EM quarter-finals 1996, EM preliminary round 2000, 2008; Nations League 2018/19
IrelandIreland Ireland 022nd 11 04th 07th 040: 029 +11 Quarter-finals of the 1924 Olympic Games, preliminary round of the 1948 Olympic Games; World Cup preliminary round 1990, World Cup round of 16 1994; European Championship preliminary round 1988
IcelandIceland Iceland 012 09 01 02 033: 700 +26 World Cup qualification 1974, 1978, 2010; European Championship qualification 1980, 1984, 2016
ItalyItaly Italy 021st 03 09 09 021: 028 - 07th World Cup intermediate round 1978; EM semi-finals 2000, EM preliminary round 2008
LuxembourgLuxembourg Luxembourg 018th 15th 01 02 067: 014 +53 Round of 16 of the 1920 Olympic Games; World Cup qualification 1938, 1958, 1970, 2018; European Championship round of 16 1964, European Championship qualification 1972, 1996, 2008
NorwayNorway Norway 020th 09 06th 05 044: 027 +17 World Cup qualification 1974, 1994, 2010; European Championship qualification 1996
AustriaAustria Austria 019th 09 04th 06th 036: 024 +12 Quarter-finals of the 1912 Olympic Games; World Cup intermediate round 1978; 2004 European Championship qualification
PolandPoland Poland 015th 06th 06th 03 021: 016 + 05 World Cup qualification 1970, 1994; European Championship qualification 1976, 1980, 1988
PortugalPortugal Portugal 014th 02 04th 08th 010: 016 - 06 World Cup round of 16 2006; 2004 European Championship semi-finals, 2012 European Championship preliminary round, 2018/19 UEFA Nations League final round
RomaniaRomania Romania 014th 10 03 01 029: 300 +26 Round of 16 of the 1924 Olympic Games; World Cup qualification 2006, 2014; European Championship preliminary round 2008
ScotlandScotland Scotland 018th 09 04th 05 026: 013 +13 World Cup preliminary round 1978; European Championship preliminary round 1992, 1996
SwedenSweden Sweden 025th 11 06th 08th 047: 048 + 01 Play for 3rd place in the 1908, 1924 Olympic Games (2 ×), round of 16 of the 1912 Olympic Games, quarter-finals of the 1920 Olympic Games; World Cup preliminary round 1974; European Championship quarter-finals 2004
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 033 15th 03 15th 068: 061 + 07 World Cup round of 16 1934; European Championship preliminary round 1996
SpainSpain Spain 012 06th 01 05 018: 017 + 01 Game for 2nd and 3rd place at the 1920 Olympic Games; World Cup final 2010, preliminary round 2014; European Championship qualification 1984
Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 011 03 03 05 014: 016 - 02nd World Cup qualification 2006; European Championship qualification 1996, 2004, 2016; European Championship preliminary round 2000, 2004
TurkeyTurkey Turkey 012 05 04th 03 013: 009 + 04 World Cup qualification 1994, 1998, 2014; European Championship qualification 2016
HungaryHungary Hungary 017th 10 02 05 051: 029 +22 World Cup qualification 1962, 1986, 2014; European Championship qualification 1968, 1988, 2012
BelarusBelarus Belarus 010 08th 00 02 023: 006 +17 European Championship qualification 1996, 2004, 2008, 2020; World Cup qualification 2018


  • green background = positive balance sheet (number of wins higher than that of defeats)
  • yellow background = balance balanced
  • red background = negative balance (number of defeats higher than that of victories)

Notes on the table:

  1. If a game ends after regular playing time or after extra time, it will be rated according to the result; Games decided on penalties count as a draw in the following
  2. Qualifying matches are only listed in this table if there has not yet been a match in a final round in the relevant competition.
    A detailed list of all competitive games can be found here .
  3. The game at the Olympic Games in 1952 (5-1 defeat) is now listed by FIFA and classified as official according to its criteria , but since only amateurs were allowed to start at the Olympic Games at that time, this game is reported by many sources (under other RSSSF Brazil) not taken into account. This must be taken into account when comparing the balance sheet given here with information from other sources.
  4. Including a benefit game not counted by FIFA and DBU
  5. The international matches of the English national football team of the amateurs are not considered by the FA and FIFA as official international matches. Most European associations, including the KNVB, count them as such.
  6. a b c The FAI evaluates the games at the Olympic Games in 1924 in contrast to FIFA and KNVB and 1948 not as an official international matches, which is why Ireland two matches played in his view, less and lost.

Complete balance sheet: List of international matches for the Dutch national football team

Participation in the soccer world championship

The Netherlands took part in ten finals and made it to the final three times, most recently in 2010. However, they have not yet won a world championship title. As one of the few national teams, the Dutch have never been eliminated in the preliminary round of the World Cup.

year Host country Participation until ... Last opponent Result Trainer Comments and special features
1930 Uruguay not participated
1934 Italy Round of 16 Switzerland 9. Robert Glendenning
1938 France Round of 16 Czechoslovakia 14th Robert Glendenning
1950 Brazil not participated
1954 Switzerland not allowed Application was submitted too late
1958 Sweden not qualified In the qualification of Austria failed
1962 Chile not qualified In the qualification of Hungary failed
1966 England not qualified In qualifying at the Switzerland failed
1970 Mexico not qualified In the qualification of Bulgaria failed
1974 Germany final Germany Vice world champion Rinus Michels
1978 Argentina final Argentina Vice world champion Ernst Happel Defeat in extra time
1982 Spain not qualified In the qualification of France and Belgium failed
1986 Mexico not qualified In the qualification of Belgium failed
1990 Italy Round of 16 Germany 15th Leo Beenhakker
1994 United States Quarter finals Brazil 7th Dick Advocaat
1998 France 3rd place match Croatia Fourth Guus Hiddink Semi-final on penalties against Brazil
2002 South Korea / Japan not qualified In the qualification of Portugal and Ireland failed
2006 Germany Round of 16 Portugal 11. Marco van Basten Yellow-red record
2010 South Africa final Spain Vice world champion Bert van Marwijk
2014 Brazil 3rd place match Brazil Third Louis van Gaal In the finals, the first group match saw the 2010 World Cup final against Spain (5-1 win).
2018 Russia not qualified In the qualification of France and Sweden failed

Participation in the European Football Championship

"Oranje" (here exceptionally in white and blue) during training in Freiburg

The Netherlands first took part in the qualification for the European Championship in 1964, but failed in the first round against Luxembourg. For the first time qualification for the finals in 1976 and then for all finals with the exception of 1984 and 2016. This means that after Germany (twelve entries), Russia / CIS / USSR (eleven entries), Spain (ten entries) together with England, France, Italy, Portugal and Czechoslovakia / Czech Republic with nine entries, the fourth most frequent participants in the final round.

year Host country Participation until ... Last opponent Result Comments and special features
1960 France not participated
1964 Spain not qualified In the second round of Luxembourg failed.
1968 Italy not qualified In the qualification of Hungary failed, but that could also not qualify for the final round.
1972 Belgium not qualified Failed in the qualification to vice European champion Yugoslavia , which could not qualify for the finals either.
1976 Yugoslavia 3rd place match Yugoslavia Third In the semifinals, the later European champions Czechoslovakia failed in extra time.
1980 Italy Preliminary round Greece , Germany , Czechoslovakia - After one win, one defeat (against later European champions Germany) and one draw due to the worse goal difference, they were eliminated as third party
1984 France not qualified In the qualification because of fewer goals scored in the late Vice European champion Spain failed.
1988 BR Germany final USSR European champion First title for the Elftal.
1992 Sweden Semifinals Denmark - Failed in the penalty shootout at the eventual European champions.
1996 England Quarter finals France - Failed on penalties.
2000 Netherlands and Belgium Semifinals Italy - Failed on penalties.
2004 Portugal Semifinals Portugal - First penalty shoot-out won in the quarter-finals against Sweden
2008 Austria and Switzerland Quarter finals Russia - Defeat in extra time.
2012 Poland and Ukraine Preliminary round Denmark , Germany , Portugal - Worst tournament record in the history of Elftal - retired as the reigning vice world champion with three defeats in the preliminary round. Bert van Marwijk subsequently resigned as a bond coach.
2016 France not qualified In the qualification , the Netherlands came in fourth in a group with the Czech Republic , Turkey , Latvia , Iceland and Kazakhstan .
2021 Europe qualified In the qualification , the Netherlands met Germany , Estonia , Northern Ireland and Belarus in a group .

Participation in the Olympic Games

1908 in London 3rd place
1912 in Stockholm 3rd place
1920 in Antwerp 3rd place
1924 in Paris 4th Place
1928 in Amsterdam Round of 16
1936 in Berlin not participated
1948 in London Round of 16
1952 in Helsinki Preliminary round

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League matches against Poland on September 4th and Italy on September 7th, 2020. It was the first nomination for Mohamed Ihattaren , Teun Koopmeiners , Perr Schuurs and Owen Wijndal .

  • Performance data as of November 19, 2019 (after the game against Estonia)
Surname birthday Games Gates society debut Last use
Marco Bizot 03/10/1991 00 00 NetherlandsNetherlands AZ Alkmaar
Jasper Cillessen 04/22/1989 56 00 SpainSpain Valencia CF June 7, 2013 19th November 2019
Tim Krul 03/04/1988 08th 00 NetherlandsNetherlands Norwich City June 4, 2011 October 10, 2015
Jeroen Zoet 01/06/1991 11 00 NetherlandsNetherlands PSV Eindhoven October 10, 2015 May 31, 2018
Nathan Aké 02/18/1995 13 02 EnglandEngland Manchester City May 31, 2017 19th November 2019
Daley blind March 9, 1990 69 02 NetherlandsNetherlands Ajax Amsterdam February 6, 2013 16th November 2019
Virgil van Dijk (C)Captain of the crew 07/08/1991 33 04th EnglandEngland Liverpool FC October 10, 2015 16th November 2019
Denzel Dumfries 04/18/1996 09 00 NetherlandsNetherlands PSV Eindhoven October 13, 2018 October 10, 2019
Hans Hateboer 01/09/1994 03 00 ItalyItaly Atalanta Bergamo 23 March 2018 October 16, 2018
Perr Schuurs 11/26/1999 00 00 NetherlandsNetherlands Ajax Amsterdam
Kenny Tete 10/09/1995 13 00 FranceFrance Olympique Lyon June 1, 2016 March 21, 2019
Joël Veltman 01/15/1992 22nd 02 EnglandEngland Brighton & Hove Albion 19th November 2013 16th November 2019
Stefan de Vrij 02/05/1992 37 03 ItalyItaly Inter Milan August 15, 2012 October 16, 2018
Owen Wijndal 11/28/1999 00 00 NetherlandsNetherlands AZ Alkmaar
Donny van de Beek 04/18/1997 10 00 NetherlandsNetherlands Ajax Amsterdam November 14, 2017 16th November 2019
Leroy Fer 05/01/1990 11 01 NetherlandsNetherlands Feyenoord Rotterdam August 11, 2010 October 13, 2014
Mohamed Ihattaren 02/12/2002 00 00 NetherlandsNetherlands PSV Eindhoven
Frenkie de Jong 05/12/1997 15th 01 SpainSpain FC Barcelona September 6, 2018 19th November 2019
Teun Koopmeiners 02/28/1998 00 00 NetherlandsNetherlands AZ Alkmaar
Davy Pröpper 09/02/1991 19th 03 EnglandEngland Brighton & Hove Albion 5th June 2015 19th November 2019
Marten de Roon 03/29/1991 16 00 ItalyItaly Atalanta Bergamo November 13, 2016 16th November 2019
Kevin Strootman 02/13/1990 46 03 FranceFrance Olympique Marseille February 9, 2011 19th November 2019
Tonny Vilhena 03/01/1995 15th 00 RussiaRussia FK Krasnodar 4th June 2016 19th November 2018
Georginio Wijnaldum 11/11/1990 62 18th EnglandEngland Liverpool FC September 2, 2011 19th November 2019
Ryan Babel December 19, 1986 63 10 TurkeyTurkey Galatasaray Istanbul March 26, 2005 16th November 2019
Steven Bergwijn 10/08/1997 09 00 EnglandEngland Tottenham Hotspur October 16, 2018 October 13, 2019
Myron Boadu 01/14/2001 01 01 NetherlandsNetherlands AZ Alkmaar 19th November 2019 19th November 2019
Memphis Depay 02/13/1994 52 19th FranceFrance Olympique Lyon 15 October 2013 19th November 2019
Luuk de Jong 08/27/1990 22nd 05 SpainSpain Sevilla FC February 9, 2011 19th November 2019
Quincy Promes 01/04/1992 42 07th NetherlandsNetherlands Ajax Amsterdam 5th March 2014 19th November 2019
Calvin Stengs 12/18/1998 01 00 NetherlandsNetherlands AZ Alkmaar 19th November 2019 19th November 2019
Wout Weghorst 08/07/1992 04th 00 GermanyGermany VfL Wolfsburg 23 March 2018 19th November 2019

Known players

Record player

The information in the following tables (as of: November 19, 2019) relating to appearances and goals in official matches of Oranje . Players in bold are still active.

Most missions
No. Surname Calls Period World Cup games
01. Wesley Sneijder 134 2003-2018 17th
02. Edwin van der Sar 130 1995-2008 11
03. Frank de Boer 112 1990-2004 11
04th Rafael van der Vaart 109 2001-2013 08th
05. Giovanni van Bronckhorst 106 1996-2010 10
06th Dirk Kuyt 104 2004-2014 15th
07th Robin van Persie 102 2005-2017 17th
08th. Phillip Cocu 101 1996-2006 11
09. Arjen Robben 096 2003-2017 15th
10. John Heitinga 087 2004-2013 10
Clarence Seedorf 1994-2008 04th
12. Marc Overmars 086 1993-2004 11
13. Joris Mathijsen 084 2004–2012 09
Aron Winter 1987-2000 08th
15th Ruud Krol 083 1969-1983 14th
28. Daley blind 069 2013– 02
Record mark
Most goals
No. Surname Gates Period World Cup goals
01. Robin van Persie 50 2005-2017 6th
02. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 42 2006-2015 2
03. Patrick Kluivert 40 1994-2004 2
04th Dennis Bergkamp 37 1990-2000 6th
Arjen Robben 2003-2017 6th
06th Faas Wilkes 35 1946-1961 0
Ruud van Nistelrooy 1998-2011 1
08th. Abe Lenstra 33 1940-1959 0
Johan Cruijff 1966-1977 3
10. Wesley Sneijder 31 2003-2018 6th
11. Beb Bakhuys 28 1928-1937 0
12. Kick Smit 26th 1934-1946 1
13. Rafael van der Vaart 25th 2001-2013 0
14th Marco van Basten 24 1983-1992 0
Dirk Kuyt 2004-2014 1
16. Leen Vente 19th 1933-1940 1
Memphis Depay 2013– 2
18th Georginio Wijnaldum 18th 2011– 0
35. Johnny rep 12 1973-1981 7th
Record mark

Other well-known players


The association trainers of the KNVB

In the first three years in which international matches took place, there was no official association coach (Dutch: Bondscoach ) of the KNVB. Kees van Hasselt , tailor and former Sparta Rotterdam player , is usually referred to as the coach of the team that played for the Netherlands in the early years; he was also the organizer of the first games and selected the teams from players of his circle of friends. Only in 1908, for the Olympic Games , was a qualified trainer employed, the Englishman Edgar Chadwick . The selection committee of the KNVB was responsible for the selection of the cadre until the 1950s; The only task of the bond coach was to manage the training and the games. The following coaches sat on the bench in chronological order at the national team's games (the dates of the first and last game are given):

Bert van Marwijk, Bondscoach 2008–2012
Marco van Basten, Bondscoach 2004–2008
Louis van Gaal, Bondscoach 2000–2001 & 2012–2014
Frank Rijkaard, Bondscoach 1998-2000
Guus Hiddink, Bondscoach 1995–1998 & 2014–2015
Dick Advocaat, Bondscoach 1992–1994, 2002–2004 & 2017
Leo Beenhakker, Bondscoach 1985–1986 & 1990
Ronald Koeman, Bondscoach since March 2018
Trainer first international match last international match Number of games in a row Total number of games comment
NetherlandsNetherlands Kees van Hasselt April 30, 1905 May 10, 1908 11 11
EnglandEngland Edgar Chadwick October 22, 1908 April 24, 1910 10 10
EnglandEngland Jimmy Hogan October 16, 1910 October 16, 1910 1 1
EnglandEngland Edgar Chadwick March 19, 1911 4th July 1912 11 21st
EnglandEngland Fred Warburton November 17, 1912 November 17, 1912 1 1
EnglandEngland Edgar Chadwick March 9, 1913 March 24, 1913 2 23
EnglandEngland Tom Bradshaw April 20, 1913 April 20, 1913 1 1
EnglandEngland Edgar Chadwick November 15, 1913 November 15, 1913 1 24
EnglandEngland Billy Hunter March 15, 1914 May 17, 1914 4th 4th
EnglandEngland Jack Reynolds June 9, 1919 June 9, 1919 1 1
EnglandEngland Fred Warburton August 24, 1919 May 15, 1921 12 13
EnglandEngland Jim Waites June 12, 1921 June 12, 1921 1 1
EnglandEngland Fred Warburton November 13, 1921 May 10, 1923 8th 21st
EnglandEngland Bob Glendenning November 25, 1923 November 25, 1923 1 1
EnglandEngland Bill Townley March 23, 1924 June 9, 1924 8th 8th
EnglandEngland Jack Bollington November 2, 1924 November 2, 1924 1 1
EnglandEngland Bob Glendenning March 15, 1925 April 21, 1940 86 87 Coach with most games in a row
NetherlandsNetherlands Karel Kaufman March 10, 1946 November 27, 1946 4th 4th
EnglandEngland Jesse Carver April 7, 1947 July 31, 1948 10 10
EnglandEngland Tom Sneddon November 21, 1948 November 21, 1948 1 1
NetherlandsNetherlands Karel Kaufman March 13, 1949 April 23, 1949 2 6th
NetherlandsNetherlands Jaap van der Leck June 12, 1949 May 30, 1954 29 29
NetherlandsNetherlands Karel Kaufman October 24, 1954 October 24, 1954 1 7th
AustriaAustria Friedrich Donenfeld March 13, 1955 March 13, 1955 1 1
AustriaAustria Max Merkel April 3, 1955 June 6, 1956 10 10
AustriaAustria Wudi Müller September 15, 1956 September 15, 1956 1 1
AustriaAustria Friedrich Donenfeld October 14, 1956 4th November 1956 2 3
EnglandEngland George Hardwick January 30, 1957 May 26, 1957 5 5
RomaniaRomania Elek Schwartz September 11, 1957 May 24, 1964 49 49
EnglandEngland Dennis Neville September 30, 1964 November 14, 1965 8th 8th
GermanyGermany Georg Keßler March 23, 1966 January 28, 1970 28 28
CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia František Fadrhonc October 11, 1970 November 18, 1973 20th 20th
NetherlandsNetherlands Rinus Michels March 27, 1974 July 7th 1974 10 10 Supervisor for the 1974 World Cup, 1974 World Cup finalist
NetherlandsNetherlands Georg Knobel 4th September 1974 June 19, 1976 15th 15th
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Zwartkruis September 8, 1976 March 26, 1977 4th 4th
AustriaAustria Ernst Happel August 31, 1977 August 31, 1977 1 1 Supervisor for the 1978 World Cup
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Zwartkruis 5th October 1977 5th October 1977 1 5
AustriaAustria Ernst Happel October 12, 1977 October 12, 1977 1 2
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Zwartkruis October 26, 1977 October 26, 1977 1 6th
AustriaAustria Ernst Happel February 22, 1978 June 25, 1978 10 12 World Cup finalist 1978
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Zwartkruis 20th September 1978 January 6, 1981 22nd 28
NetherlandsNetherlands Rob Baan February 22, 1981 February 22, 1981 1 1
NetherlandsNetherlands Kees Rijvers March 25, 1981 March 25, 1981 1 1
NetherlandsNetherlands Rob Baan April 29, 1981 April 29, 1981 1 2
NetherlandsNetherlands Kees Rijvers September 1, 1981 17th October 1984 20th 21st
NetherlandsNetherlands Rinus Michels November 14, 1984 23rd December 1984 2 12 since July 1, 1984 Technical Director
NetherlandsNetherlands Leo Beenhakker February 27, 1985 March 12, 1986 7th 7th
NetherlandsNetherlands Rinus Michels April 29, 1986 June 25, 1988 22nd 34 European champion in 1988
NetherlandsNetherlands Thijs Libregts September 14, 1988 December 20, 1989 11 11
NetherlandsNetherlands Nol de Ruiter February 21, 1990 March 28, 1990 2 2
NetherlandsNetherlands Leo Beenhakker May 30, 1990 June 24, 1990 6th 13
NetherlandsNetherlands Rinus Michels September 26, 1990 June 22, 1992 19th 53
NetherlandsNetherlands Dick Advocaat September 9, 1992 December 14, 1994 26th 26th
NetherlandsNetherlands Guus Hiddink January 18, 1995 December 14, 1996 20th 20th
NetherlandsNetherlands Jan Rab February 26, 1997 February 26, 1997 1 1
NetherlandsNetherlands Guus Hiddink March 29, 1997 July 11, 1998 18th 38
NetherlandsNetherlands Frank Rijkaard October 10, 1998 June 29, 2000 22nd 22nd
NetherlandsNetherlands Louis van Gaal September 2, 2000 November 10, 2001 14th 14th
NetherlandsNetherlands Dick Advocaat February 13, 2002 June 30, 2004 29 55
NetherlandsNetherlands Marco van Basten August 18, 2004 June 21, 2008 52 52
NetherlandsNetherlands Bert van Marwijk August 20, 2008 June 27, 2012 40 40 World Cup finalist 2010
NetherlandsNetherlands Louis van Gaal August 15, 2012 July 12, 2014 29 43 World Cup third without defeat
NetherlandsNetherlands Guus Hiddink September 9, 2014 June 30, 2015 10 48
NetherlandsNetherlands Danny Blind July 1, 2015 March 26, 2017 17th 17th
NetherlandsNetherlands Fred Grim (interim) May 31, 2017 4th June 2017 2 2
NetherlandsNetherlands Dick Advocaat June 9, 2017 November 14, 2017 7th 62
NetherlandsNetherlands Ronald Koeman 23 March 2018 19th August 2020 20th 20th

As of August 19, 2020

International matches against German-speaking national soccer teams

The Dutch are the second most common opponents of the German team.

(Results always from a Dutch perspective)

International matches against Germany
(see also: Dutch-German football rivalry )
No. date place Result occasion
1. April 24, 1910 Arnhem 4: 2 Friendly match
2. October 16, 1910 Kleve 2: 1 Friendly match
3. March 24, 1912 Zwolle 5: 5 Friendly match
4th November 17, 1912 Leipzig 3: 2 Friendly match
5. April 5, 1914 Amsterdam 4: 4 Friendly match
6th May 10, 1923 Hamburg 0-0 Friendly match
7th April 21, 1924 Amsterdam 0: 1 Friendly match
8th. March 29, 1925 Amsterdam 2: 1 Friendly match
9. April 18, 1926 Dusseldorf 2: 4 Friendly match
10. October 31, 1926 Amsterdam 2: 3 Friendly match
11. November 20, 1927 Cologne 2: 2 Friendly match
12. April 26, 1931 Amsterdam 1: 1 Friendly match
13. 4th December 1932 Dusseldorf 2-0 Friendly match
14th February 17, 1935 Amsterdam 2: 3 Friendly match
15th January 31, 1937 Dusseldorf 2: 2 Friendly match
16. March 14, 1956 Dusseldorf 2: 1 Friendly match
17th April 3, 1957 Amsterdam 1: 2 Friendly match
18th October 21, 1959 Cologne 0: 7 Friendly match
19th March 23, 1966 Rotterdam 2: 4 Friendly match
20th July 7th 1974 Munich 1: 2 World Cup final
21st 17th May 1975 Frankfurt am Main 1: 1 Friendly match
22nd June 18, 1978 Cordoba 2: 2 World Cup intermediate round
23. December 20, 1978 Dusseldorf 1: 3 Friendly match
24. June 14, 1980 Naples 2: 3 European Championship finals
25th October 11, 1980 Eindhoven 1: 1 Friendly match
26th May 14, 1986 Dortmund 1: 3 Friendly match
27. June 21, 1988 Hamburg 2: 1 EM semifinals
28. October 19, 1988 Munich 0-0 World Cup qualification
29 April 26, 1989 Rotterdam 1: 1 World Cup qualification
30th June 24, 1990 Milan 1: 2 World Cup round of 16
31. June 18, 1992 Gothenburg 3: 1 EM preliminary round
32. April 24, 1996 Rotterdam 0: 1 Friendly match
33. November 18, 1998 Gelsenkirchen 1: 1 Friendly match
34. February 23, 2000 Amsterdam 2: 1 Friendly match
35. November 20, 2002 Gelsenkirchen 3: 1 Friendly match
36. June 14, 2004 postage 1: 1 EM preliminary round
37. August 17, 2005 Rotterdam 2: 2 Friendly match
38. November 15, 2011 Hamburg 0: 3 Friendly match
39. June 13, 2012 Kharkiv 1: 2 EM preliminary round
40. November 14, 2012 Amsterdam 0-0 Friendly match
17th November 2015 Hanover called off Friendly match
41. October 13, 2018 Amsterdam 3-0 UEFA Nations League 2018/19
42. 19th November 2018 Gelsenkirchen 2: 2 UEFA Nations League 2018/19
43. March 24, 2019 Amsterdam 2: 3 European Championship qualification
44. September 6, 2019 Hamburg 4: 2 European Championship qualification
Ducke and Rijsbergen (on the ground) in a duel between the Netherlands and the GDR team in the intermediate round of the 1974 World Cup .
International matches against the GDR
No. date place Result occasion
1. May 14, 1961 Leipzig 1: 1 World Cup qualification
2. April 5th 1967 Leipzig 3: 4 European Championship qualification
3. September 13, 1967 Amsterdam 1-0 European Championship qualification
4th November 11, 1970 Dresden 0: 1 European Championship qualification
5. October 10, 1971 Rotterdam 3: 2 European Championship qualification
6th June 30, 1974 Gelsenkirchen 2-0 World Cup intermediate round
7th November 15, 1978 Rotterdam 3-0 European Championship qualification
8th. November 21, 1979 Leipzig 3: 2 European Championship qualification
9. March 12, 1986 Leipzig 1-0 Friendly match
International matches against Saarland
No. date place Result occasion
1. November 16, 1955 Saarbrücken 2: 1 Friendly match
2. June 6, 1956 Amsterdam 3: 2 Friendly match
International matches against Switzerland
No. date place Result occasion
1. May 16, 1920 Basel 1: 2 Friendly match
2. March 28, 1921 Amsterdam 2-0 Friendly match
3. November 19, 1922 Bern 0: 5 Friendly match
4th November 25, 1923 Amsterdam 4: 1 Friendly match
5. April 19, 1925 Zurich 1: 4 Friendly match
6th March 28, 1926 Amsterdam 5-0 Friendly match
7th May 6, 1928 Basel 1: 2 Friendly match
8th. March 17, 1929 Amsterdam 3: 2 Friendly match
9. November 2, 1930 Zurich 3: 6 Friendly match
10. January 22, 1933 Amsterdam 0: 2 Friendly match
11. May 27, 1934 Milan 2: 3 World Cup round of 16
12. November 4, 1934 Bern 4: 2 Friendly match
13. March 7, 1937 Amsterdam 2: 1 Friendly match
14th May 7, 1939 Bern 1: 2 Friendly match
15th September 21, 1947 Amsterdam 6: 2 Friendly match
16. October 15, 1950 Basel 5: 7 Friendly match
17th March 22, 1953 Amsterdam 1: 2 Friendly match
18th May 30, 1954 Zurich 1: 3 Friendly match
19th May 19, 1955 Rotterdam 4: 1 Friendly match
20th September 15, 1956 Lausanne 3: 2 Friendly match
21st November 2, 1958 Rotterdam 2-0 Friendly match
22nd May 18, 1960 Zurich 1: 3 Friendly match
23. November 11, 1962 Amsterdam 3: 1 European Championship qualification
24. March 31, 1963 Bern 1: 1 European Championship qualification
25th October 17, 1965 Amsterdam 0-0 World Cup qualification
26th November 14, 1965 Bern 1: 2 World Cup qualification
27. October 9, 1974 Rotterdam 1-0 Friendly match
28. October 11, 1978 Bern 3: 1 European Championship qualification
29 March 28, 1979 Eindhoven 3-0 European Championship qualification
30th September 1, 1981 Zurich 1: 2 Friendly match
31. June 13, 1996 Birmingham 2-0 EM preliminary round
32. August 22, 2007 Geneva 1: 2 Friendly match
33. November 11, 2011 Amsterdam 0-0 Friendly match
International matches against Liechtenstein
No. date place Result occasion
1. September 3, 2004 Utrecht 3-0 Friendly match
International matches against Austria
No. date place Result occasion
1. June 30, 1912 Stockholm 3: 1 Olympic quarter-finals
2. December 10, 1933 Amsterdam 0: 1 Friendly match
3. May 26, 1957 Vienna 2: 3 World Cup qualification
4th September 25, 1957 Amsterdam 1: 1 World Cup qualification
5. April 12, 1964 Amsterdam 1: 1 Friendly match
6th September 18, 1966 Vienna 1: 2 Friendly match
7th March 28, 1973 Vienna 0: 1 Friendly match
8th. March 27, 1974 Rotterdam 1: 1 Friendly match
9. May 20, 1978 Vienna 1-0 Friendly match
10. June 14, 1978 Cordoba 5: 1 World Cup intermediate round
11. November 14, 1984 Vienna 0: 1 World Cup qualification
12. May 1, 1985 Rotterdam 1: 1 World Cup qualification
13. May 30, 1990 Vienna 2: 3 Friendly match
14th May 27, 1992 Sittard 3: 2 Friendly match
15th October 16, 2002 Vienna 3-0 European Championship qualification
16. September 6, 2003 Rotterdam 3: 1 European Championship qualification
17th March 26, 2008 Vienna 4: 3 Friendly match
18th February 9, 2011 Eindhoven 3: 1 Friendly match


National colors on the jersey

Since the preparation games for EM 2000, the national team has been wearing its own national flag next to the opponent's flag and the date of the game underneath it on the home jerseys on the left chest below the KNVB logo and on the World Cup away jerseys on the right sleeve. This is now practiced by almost all teams - especially at large tournaments.

The term "Oranjes"

The Dutch national team is often referred to in German as the "Oranjes". “Oranje” is a synonym for the Netherlands, for example in the Dutch expression “Oranje boven”. The German plural variant is a designation for members of the royal family in Dutch. The national team, on the other hand, is called in the singular "Oranje".

The origin lies in the royal house of Orange- Nassau, Dutch Orange, whereby the origin was in the French county Orange , which William I of Orange-Nassau inherited. He led the Dutch to independence from the Spanish in the 16th century . The national anthem " Het Wilhelmus " is dedicated to him and orange became the national color of the Netherlands.


  • Johan Derksen et al., Het Nederlands Elftal 1905-1989. De historie van Oranje , Weekbladpers BV / Voetbal International, Amsterdam 1989, ISBN 90-236-7211-9 .
  • Zeger van Herwaarden, Het Oranje W K-boek , De Arbeiderspers / Het Sporthuis Amsterdam / Antwerpen 2010, ISBN 978-90-295-7219-4 .

Web links

Commons : Netherlands national soccer team  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The FIFA / Coca-Cola World Ranking. In: fifa.com. July 16, 2020, accessed July 21, 2020 .
  2. ^ Johan Derksen et al., Het Nederlands Elftal 1905–1989. De historie van Oranje , Weekbladpers BV / Voetbal International, Amsterdam 1989, ISBN 90-236-7211-9 , p. 8f.
  3. a b Johan Derksen et al., Het Nederlands Elftal 1905–1989. De historie van Oranje , Weekbladpers BV / Voetbal International, Amsterdam 1989, ISBN 90-236-7211-9 , p. 11.
  4. ^ Johan Derksen et al., Het Nederlands Elftal 1905–1989. De historie van Oranje , Weekbladpers BV / Voetbal International, Amsterdam 1989, ISBN 90-236-7211-9 , p. 22.
  5. ^ Johan Derksen et al., Het Nederlands Elftal 1905–1989. De historie van Oranje , Weekbladpers BV / Voetbal International, Amsterdam 1989, ISBN 90-236-7211-9 , p. 26.
  6. ^ Johan Derksen et al., Het Nederlands Elftal 1905–1989. De historie van Oranje , Weekbladpers BV / Voetbal International, Amsterdam 1989, ISBN 90-236-7211-9 , p. 28.
  7. ^ Johan Derksen et al., Het Nederlands Elftal 1905–1989. De historie van Oranje , Weekbladpers BV / Voetbal International, Amsterdam 1989, ISBN 90-236-7211-9 , p. 27.
  8. ^ Johan Derksen et al., Het Nederlands Elftal 1905–1989. De historie van Oranje , Weekbladpers BV / Voetbal International, Amsterdam 1989, ISBN 90-236-7211-9 , p. 18.
  9. ^ Anniversary book for the 50th anniversary of the association in 1950; op.cit. in Marco Meeuwse: Jan de Natris , in: Ajax vanaf de oprichting dead 1930 ( Memento from May 14, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
  10. Willem Vissers, Nigel de Jong is niet de enige , in: De Volkskrant of October 4, 2010, online version viewed on February 2, 2011; also: Johan Derksen et al., Het Nederlands Elftal 1905-1989. De historie van Oranje , Weekbladpers BV / Voetbal International, Amsterdam 1989, ISBN 90-236-7211-9 , p. 32.
  11. op.cit. in Jan Luitzen: Jan de Natris (1895–1972): De opstandige dwarserik , in: Mik Schots & Jan Luitzen, Tovenaars in Oranje . AW Bruna, Utrecht 2004, ISBN 90-229-8813-9 , p. 161; also in Johan Derksen et al., Het Nederlands Elftal 1905-1989. De historie van Oranje , Weekbladpers BV / Voetbal International, Amsterdam 1989, ISBN 90-236-7211-9 , p. 33.
  12. ^ Johan Derksen et al., Het Nederlands Elftal 1905–1989. De historie van Oranje , Weekbladpers BV / Voetbal International, Amsterdam 1989, ISBN 90-236-7211-9 , p. 120.
  13. Zeger van Herwaarden, Het Oranje W K-boek , De Arbeiderspers / Het Sporthuis Amsterdam / Antwerpen 2010, ISBN 978-90-295-7219-4 , p. 29.
  14. "'Period Lotsy', het begin"; Zeger van Herwaarden, Het Oranje W K-boek , De Arbeiderspers / Het Sporthuis Amsterdam / Antwerpen 2010, ISBN 978-90-295-7219-4 , p. 29.
  15. ^ Süddeutsche Zeitung : Football World Cup 1978: Cruyff reveals attempted kidnapping , May 17, 2010
  16. On the EM 1980 see Het toernooi van 1980 verslag (PDF; 203 kB), viewed on October 27, 2010
  17. Scifo: “The Mentality Counts” , FIFA homepage of September 14, 2009, viewed on May 31, 2011
  18. VAN MARWIJK ROEPT FER, MADURO EN MARCELLIS OP - 8 AUGUSTUS 2010  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Website Ons Oranje from October 15, 2008@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.knvb.nl  
  19. Oranje speelt gelijk tegen Tunesië ( Memento of February 13, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), Ons Oranje website of February 11, 2009. Accessed on August 24, 2015.
  20. Bert van Marwijk gematigd tevreden ( Memento from August 15, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), OnsOranje website of the KNVB from August 13, 2009
  21. a b 'Slechtste duel onder mijn leiding' ( Memento from September 8, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), OnsOranje website of the KNVB from September 5, 2009
  22. Elia schiet Oranje naar record ( Memento from September 24, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), OnsOranje website of the KNVB from September 9, 2009
  23. Ronaldo shoots Oranje out of the tournament , Spiegel Online from June 17, 2012 (accessed June 18, 2012).
  24. Nederlands elftal historically zwak ( memento from June 26, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) (German: Dutch team historically weak), message on the homepage of the Dutch football association KNVB from June 18, 2012 (in Dutch, accessed on June 18, 2012).
  25. Bondscoach van Marwijk throws down , Spiegel Online from June 27, 2012 (accessed June 27, 2012).
  26. Van Gaal nieuwe bondscoach ( memento of July 11, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) (German: Van Gaal new national coach), notification on the KNVB homepage of July 6, 2012 (accessed on August 1, 2012).
  27. Kluivert assistant bij Oranje ( Memento from June 26, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) (German: Kluivert assistant near Oranje), notification on the KNVB homepage of July 31, 2012 (accessed on August 1, 2012).
  28. fifa.com: Bad start for van Gaal
  29. Italy and the Netherlands qualified for the World Cup early. In: fussball-wm-total.de. FOOTBALL World Cup total, September 11, 2013, accessed on September 11, 2013 .
  30. Der Tagesspiegel : Brazil is losing and is no longer even crying , Armin Lehmann, July 13, 2014
  31. Advocaat stops working as a bond coach. In: sport1.de. Retrieved December 26, 2017 .
  32. a b The Netherlands under bond coach Ronald Koeman: This is what a radical change looks like
  33. German misery continues, 0: 3 against the Netherlands , derstandard.de, accessed on October 15, 2018
  34. Germany is relegated to the Nations League , faz.net, accessed on November 17, 2018
  35. 2: 2 after 2: 0! Van Dijk shocks the DFB team , kicker.de, accessed on November 20, 2018
  36. The placements from 5th place onwards were determined by FIFA without any placement games. See: All-time FIFA World Cup Ranking 1930–2010 (PDF; 200 kB)
  37. Spelers & Staf. In: onsoranje.nl. Retrieved August 25, 2020 .
  38. onsoranje.nl: Nederlands elftal - history (partly out of date)
  39. Current data
  40. onsoranje.nl: Nederlands elftal - Spelers & Staf