Netherlands national football team

This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Netherlands women's national football team.
This article is about the Dutch national association football team. For the club in Essex, see Holland F.C.
Nickname(s) "Orange Crush"
Clockwork Orange[1]
The Flying Dutchmen[2]
Association Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (KNVB)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Danny Blind
Captain Wesley Sneijder
Most caps Edwin van der Sar (130)
Top scorer Robin van Persie (50)
Home stadium Amsterdam ArenA (53,502)
Philips Stadion (35,000)
Stadion Feijenoord (51,117)
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 22 Decrease 2 (24 November 2016)
Highest 1[3] (August–September 2011)
Lowest 26 (July 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 14 Steady (1 December 2016)
Highest 1 (Mar 1911 – Mar 1912, Jun 1912, Aug 1920; Jun 1978, Jun 1988 – Jun 1990, Jun–Sep 1992, Jun 2002, Jun–Sep 2003, Oct 2005, Jun 2008, Jul 2010, June 2014.)
Lowest 56 (October 1954)
First international
 Belgium 1–4 Netherlands 
(Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905)
Biggest win
 Netherlands 11–0 San Marino 
(Eindhoven, Netherlands; 2 September 2011)
Biggest defeat
England England Amateurs 12–2 Netherlands 
(Darlington, England; 21 December 1907)[lower-alpha 1]
World Cup
Appearances 10 (first in 1934)
Best result Runners-up, 1974, 1978, and 2010
European Championship
Appearances 9 (first in 1976)
Best result Champions, 1988

The Netherlands national football team (Dutch: Het Nederlands Elftal) represents the Netherlands in international 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 incorrectly (also colloquially) referred to as Holland.[4]

The Dutch hold the record for playing the most World Cup finals without ever winning the tournament. They finished second in the 1974, 1978 and 2010 World Cups, losing to West Germany, Argentina and Spain respectively;[5]although they won the UEFA European Championship in 1988.[6]


The Netherlands in 1905

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.[7]

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.

Total Football in the 1970s

The 1970s saw the invention of Total Football (Dutch: Totaalvoetbal), pioneered by Ajax and led by playmaker Johan Cruyff and national team coach Rinus Michels. The Dutch made significant 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."[8]

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 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.

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

By comparison, Euro '76 was a disappointment. The Netherlands lost in the semi-finals to Czechoslovakia, as much because of infighting within the squad and the coach George Knobel, as well as the skill of the eventual winners.

In 1978, the Netherlands again reached the final of a World Cup, only to be beaten by the hosts, this time Argentina. This side played without Johan Cruijff, Willem van Hanegem, and Jan van Beveren, who refused to participate in the World Cup. It still contained Johan Neeskens, Johnny Rep, Arie Haan, Ruud Krol, Wim Jansen, Jan Jongbloed, Wim Suurbier and Rob Rensenbrink from the 1974 selection. The Netherlands were less impressive in the group stages. They qualified as runners-up, after a draw with Peru and a loss to Scotland. In the second group phase, however, the Netherlands topped a group including Italy and West Germany, setting up a final with Argentina. However, the Dutch finished as runners up for the second World Cup in a row as they ultimately lost 3–1 after two extra time goals from Argentina. Rensenbrink hit the Argentinian post in the last minute of normal time, with the score 1–1.

Failure: 1982–86

Euro '80 was the last tournament for which the Total Football team qualified, but they did not advance past the group stage, despite the tournament format being expanded that year. 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 '84 in France, and the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Qualification for Euro 1984 was within reach, but the Dutch ended the campaign on the same number of points as rivals Spain, and the same goal difference (+16). Spain advanced having scored two more goals. The failure to reach the 1986 World Cup was also very close. In a play off with neighbours Belgium, the Netherlands lost 1–0 in Brussels, but were leading 2–0 in the home leg in Rotterdam with a few minutes remaining. Belgium scored to end the tie 2–1, and overall play off 2–2. Belgium advanced on the away goal rule.

European champions

The 1988 trophy on display in Amsterdam

Rinus Michels returned, with his technical assistant Joris van Beek, to coach the team for the Euro '88 tournament 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 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 a revenge for the lost 1974 World Cup final (also in West Germany). Marco van Basten scored in the 89th minute to sink the German side.[9] The Netherlands won the final with a victory over the USSR through a header by Ruud Gullit and a volley by Van Basten. This was the national team's first major tournament win, and it restored them to the forefront of international football for the next three years after almost a decade in the wilderness.

Despite high expectations as the team entered the 1990 World Cup in Italy, the tournament was not a success, as strife within the squad and managerial instability (Thijs Libregts took over from Michels only to be fired shortly after the team qualified, and was replaced by Leo Beenhakker for the finals) ultimately tore the team apart. Van Basten failed to score, as he was frequently marked by opposing defenders, while Gullit was ineffective having not fully recovered from injury. The Dutch managed to advance despite drawing all three group games, meeting their arch-rivals West Germany in the round of 16. The match is most remembered for the spitting-incident involving Frank Rijkaard and Rudi Völler as the Netherlands lost 2–1.

The team reached the semi-finals in the Euro '92 in Sweden, which was noted for the emergence of Dennis Bergkamp, but they were eliminated by eventual champions Denmark, with Van Basten's kick in the penalty shootout being saved by Peter Schmeichel. This was to be Van Basten's last major tournament as he suffered a serious ankle injury shortly after, eventually conceding defeat and retiring at the age of 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 himself would be replaced by Johan Cruijff the following year, although Advocaat actually stayed in charge for over two years. In the 1994 World Cup in the United States, in the absence of the injured Van Basten and the striking Gullit, 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.

Contrasting fortunes: 1996–

At Euro '96, after drawing with Scotland and beating Switzerland, the Dutch faced the hosts England in the Group A decider, and lost 4–1, with Patrick Kluivert's late consolation enough to finish second on goals scored. They then played France in the quarter-finals and lost on penalties.

The Netherlands at Euro 96 in a match against Scotland at the Villa Park stadium in Birmingham, England.

In the 1998 World Cup, a Dutch team including Marc Overmars, Phillip Cocu, Edgar Davids, Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer and Kluivert, met Argentina in the quarter-final and won 2–1,[10] before losing on penalties to Brazil and in the third-place play-off to Croatia. Soon afterwards, manager Guus Hiddink resigned to be replaced by Frank Rijkaard. The Netherlands co-hosted Euro 2000 with Belgium and won all three wins in the group stage and then defeated Yugoslavia 6–1 in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, Italian goalkeeper Francesco Toldo made two penalty shootout saves to eliminate the Netherlands. The Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup after crucial losses to Portugal and the Republic of Ireland, and manager Louis Van Gaal resigned.

Netherlands at the 2006 World Cup

Dick Advocaat returned to coach the Netherlands for a second time. In his first game, a 1–0 win over Spain on 27 March, the Netherlands won the Unofficial Football World Championships (UFWC). In addition, on 21 August, the Netherlands won Nasazzi's Baton, defeating Norway 1–0, unifying for the first time the two trophies. [11] [12] He led the team to the semifinals of Euro 2004 where they lost to the hosts Portugal.

The Netherlands qualified for the 2006 World Cup under new manager Marco van Basten and were eliminated in the second round after losing 1–0 to Portugal, in a match that produced 16 yellow cards (which matched 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 for either side); it was nicknamed "the Battle of Nuremberg" by the press.[13] 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, which would allow him to serve as national coach during Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.[14] The Netherlands qualified for Euro 2008, where they were drawn in the "Group of Death," together with France, Italy and Romania. They began with a 3–0 win over World champions Italy in Bern, a first victory over that opponent since 1978. They lost in the quarter-finals to Hiddink's Russia 3–1, with Ruud van Nistelrooy scoring an 86th-minute equaliser to force extra time where the Russians went on to score twice.

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

Under new coach Bert van Marwijk, the Dutch went on to secure a 100 percent record in their World Cup 2010 qualification campaign to qualifying for the World Cup. In the quarter-finals against Brazil, the Brazilians held a 1–0 lead at the half and had never lost in 37 World Cup matches (35–0–2) in which they had held a half-time lead, but the Dutch scored twice to advance. In the semi-final, the Dutch beat Uruguay 3–2 to advance to their first World Cup final since 1978, where they would fall to Spain 1–0 after midfielder Andrés Iniesta scored in extra time. From August to September 2011, the team was ranked number one in the FIFA World Rankings, thus 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 alongside with Germany, Portugal and Denmark, dubbed the tournament's "Group of Death." The Netherlands lost all three of its matches. Johan Cruyff criticised the team's star players of poor build up play and sloppy execution of the easy passes,[15][16] while manager Bert van Marwijk resigned after the disappointment.[17]

Van Gaal then became 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, along with 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. After the Dutch fell behind 1–0 from conceding a penalty, Van Persie equalized just before half time with an acrobatic diving header that gave him the nickname "The Flying Dutchman."[18]

The Dutch team leaves the field after losing to Argentina

The Netherlands defeated Mexico 2–1 in the round of 16, with Wesley Sneijder equalising late in the match, and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scoring a controversial penalty after a foul on Arjen Robben in stoppage time. In the quarter-finals, where they faced Costa Rica, the Dutch had many shots on goal but could not score, with the match finishing in a 0–0 draw after extra time. The Netherlands won the ensuing penalty shootout 4–3 in large part due to backup goalkeeper Tim Krul, who was brought on just before the end of extra time and made two saves, marking the first time in World Cup history a goalkeeper was brought onto the field solely to participate in a shootout.[19] In the semi-final game against Argentina, the Netherlands had a good chance to score from Arjen Robben while managing to contain Lionel Messi, and both teams finished scoreless after extra time. In penalty kicks, however, the Dutch were eliminated 4–2, with Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder having their spot kicks saved by Sergio Romero.[20] The Netherlands won the third-place match against the hosts. Van Gaal, who successfully motivated the team after their semi-final knockout,[21] received praise for getting more out of the young and inexperienced Netherlands squad than many expected.[22][23] He left to become manager of Manchester United.

Van Gaal was succeeded by Guus Hiddink for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. On 29 June 2015 Hiddink left his position as manager, and was succeeded by assistant Blind. The Netherlands came fourth in their group, failing to qualify for the European Championship for the first time since 1984 and a major tournament for the first time since the 2002 World Cup.[24][25]

Team image


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, which is also the color of the same name. The current Dutch away shirt is blue.

Nike is the kit provider to the national team, a sponsorship that began in 1996 and is contracted to continue until at least 2026.[26]

Kit provider Period
Germany Adidas 1970–1990
Italy Lotto 1991–1996
United States Nike 1996–


Netherlands' long-time football rivals are Germany. The rivalry is one of the few long-standing football rivalries at a national level. Beginning in 1974, when the Dutch lost the 1974 FIFA World Cup to West Germany in the final (though deeply rooted in Dutch anti-German sentiment due to the occupation of the Netherlands by Germany during World War II), the rivalry between the two nations has become one of the best-known international football rivalries in the world.[27]

Main article: Low Countries derby

To a minor extent, the Netherlands maintains a rivalry with their other neighbours, Belgium; a Belgian-Dutch (football) duel is referred to as a Low Countries derby. More recently, the Netherlands have also developed a rivalry with Spain.[28]

Coaching staff

Position Name Notes
Manager Netherlands Danny Blind
Assistant Manager Netherlands Fred Grim
Goalkeeping Coach Netherlands Frans Hoek
Fitness Coach Netherlands Rene Wormhoudt
Team Manager Netherlands Hans Jorritsma
Physician Netherlands Gert-Jan Goudswaard

Current squad

The following players were named in the squad for the friendly match against Belgium on 9 November 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification game against Luxembourg on 13 November 2016.

Caps and goals updated as of 13 November 2016 after the match against Luxembourg.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Maarten Stekelenburg (1982-09-22) September 22, 1982 58 0 England Everton
23 1GK Jasper Cillessen (1989-04-22) April 22, 1989 30 0 Spain Barcelona
13 1GK Michel Vorm (1983-10-20) October 20, 1983 15 0 England Tottenham Hotspur

5 2DF Daley Blind (1990-03-09) March 9, 1990 42 2 England Manchester United
14 2DF Bruno Martins Indi (1992-02-08) February 8, 1992 31 2 England Stoke City
3 2DF Jeffrey Bruma (1991-11-13) November 13, 1991 25 1 Germany Wolfsburg
12 2DF Joël Veltman (1992-01-15) January 15, 1992 14 0 Netherlands Ajax
4 2DF Virgil van Dijk (1991-07-08) July 8, 1991 12 0 England Southampton
2 2DF Joshua Brenet (1994-03-20) March 20, 1994 2 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
15 2DF Marvin Zeegelaar (1990-08-12) August 12, 1990 0 0 Portugal Sporting

10 3MF Wesley Sneijder (1984-06-09) June 9, 1984 126 30 Turkey Galatasaray
8 3MF Georginio Wijnaldum (1990-11-11) November 11, 1990 36 7 England Liverpool
18 3MF Jordy Clasie (1991-06-27) June 27, 1991 17 0 England Southampton
7 3MF Davy Klaassen (1993-02-21) February 21, 1993 11 3 Netherlands Ajax
19 3MF Leroy Fer (1990-01-05) January 5, 1990 11 1 Wales Swansea City
6 3MF Bart Ramselaar (1996-06-29) June 29, 1996 2 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
16 3MF Tonny Vilhena (1995-01-03) January 3, 1995 2 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
20 3MF Marten de Roon (1991-03-29) March 29, 1991 1 0 England Middlesbrough

11 4FW Arjen Robben (1984-01-23) January 23, 1984 89 31 Germany Bayern Munich
21 4FW Memphis Depay (1994-02-13) February 13, 1994 27 5 England Manchester United
22 4FW Luuk de Jong (1990-08-27) August 27, 1990 12 3 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven
9 4FW Bas Dost (1989-05-31) May 31, 1989 12 1 Portugal Sporting
17 4FW Steven Berghuis (1991-12-19) December 19, 1991 6 0 Netherlands Feyenoord

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jeroen Zoet (1991-01-06) January 6, 1991 6 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  France, October 10, 2016
GK Kenneth Vermeer (1986-01-10) January 10, 1986 5 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Austria, June 4, 2016

DF Rick Karsdorp (1995-02-11) February 11, 1995 2 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Belgium, November 9, 2016 INJ
DF Jetro Willems (1994-03-30) March 30, 1994 22 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  Belgium, November 9, 2016 PRE
DF Stefan de Vrij (1992-02-05) February 5, 1992 30 3 Italy Lazio v.  France, October 10, 2016
DF Ron Vlaar (1985-02-16) February 16, 1985 32 1 Netherlands AZ Alkmaar v.  Belarus, October 7, 2016 PRE
DF Kenny Tete (1995-10-09) October 9, 1995 4 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Belarus, October 7, 2016 PRE
DF Daryl Janmaat (1989-07-22) July 22, 1989 28 0 England Watford v.  Sweden, September 6, 2016
DF Patrick van Aanholt (1990-08-29) August 29, 1990 6 0 England Sunderland v.  Sweden, September 6, 2016
DF Jaïro Riedewald (1996-09-09) September 9, 1996 3 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Greece, September 1, 2016 PRE
DF Mitchell Dijks (1993-02-09) February 9, 1993 0 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Greece, September 1, 2016 PRE
DF Timo Letschert (1993-05-25) May 25, 1993 0 0 Italy Sassuolo v.  Greece, September 1, 2016 PRE
DF Erik Pieters (1988-08-07) August 7, 1988 18 0 England Stoke City v.  Republic of Ireland, May 27, 2016 PRE
DF Karim Rekik (1994-12-02) December 2, 1994 1 0 France Marseille v.  Republic of Ireland, May 27, 2016 PRE
DF Timothy Fosu-Mensah (1998-01-02) January 2, 1998 0 0 England Manchester United v.  Republic of Ireland, May 27, 2016 PRE

MF Stijn Schaars (1984-01-11) January 11, 1984 24 0 Netherlands Heerenveen v.  Belgium, November 9, 2016 INJ
MF Davy Pröpper (1991-09-02) September 2, 1991 4 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  Belgium, November 9, 2016 INJ
MF Kevin Strootman (1990-02-13) February 13, 1990 32 3 Italy Roma v.  France, October 10, 2016
MF Siem de Jong (1989-01-28) January 28, 1989 6 2 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  France, October 10, 2016
MF Jens Toornstra (1989-04-04) April 4, 1989 2 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  France, October 10, 2016
MF Vurnon Anita (1989-04-04) April 4, 1989 3 0 England Newcastle United v.  Belarus, October 7, 2016 PRE
MF Jorrit Hendrix (1995-02-06) February 6, 1995 1 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  Belarus, October 7, 2016 PRE
MF Riechedly Bazoer (1996-10-12) October 12, 1996 6 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Sweden, September 6, 2016
MF Marco van Ginkel (1992-12-01) December 1, 1992 6 0 England Chelsea v.  Austria, June 4, 2016
MF Ibrahim Afellay (1986-04-02) April 2, 1986 53 7 England Stoke City v.  England, March 29, 2016

FW Jeremain Lens (1987-11-24) November 24, 1987 32 8 Turkey Fenerbahçe v.  Belgium, November 9, 2016 INJ
FW Vincent Janssen (1994-06-15) June 15, 1994 10 4 England Tottenham Hotspur v.  Belgium, November 9, 2016 INJ
FW Quincy Promes (1992-01-04) January 4, 1992 16 2 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  France, October 10, 2016
FW Luciano Narsingh (1990-09-13) September 13, 1990 19 4 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  Belarus, October 7, 2016 INJ
FW Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (1983-08-12) August 12, 1983 76 42 Germany Schalke 04 v.  Greece, September 1, 2016 PRE
FW Jürgen Locadia (1993-11-07) November 7, 1993 0 0 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven v.  Greece, September 1, 2016 PRE

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.

Previous squads

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




Most capped

Top scorers

Last updated: 9 November 2016
Source: (Dutch)

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter Declined Participation
Italy 1934 Round 1 9th 1 0 0 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 9 4
France 1938 Round 1 14th 1 0 0 1 0 3 2 1 1 0 5 1
Brazil 1950 Did Not Enter Declined Participation
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958Did Not Qualify 4 2 1 1 12 7
Chile 1962 3 0 2 1 4 7
England 1966 6 2 2 2 6 4
Mexico 1970 6 3 1 2 9 5
West Germany 1974 Runners-Up2nd 7 5 1 1 15 3 6 4 2 0 24 2
Argentina 1978 Runners-Up 2nd 7 3 2 2 15 10 6 5 1 0 11 3
Spain 1982 Did Not Qualify 8 4 1 3 11 7
Mexico 1986 8 4 1 3 13 7
Italy 1990 Round of 16 15th 4 0 3 1 3 4 6 4 2 0 8 2
United States 1994 Quarter-Finals 7th 5 3 0 2 8 6 10 6 3 1 29 9
France 1998 Fourth Place 4th 7 3 3 1 13 7 8 6 1 1 26 4
South Korea Japan 2002 Did Not Qualify 10 6 2 2 30 9
Germany 2006 Round of 16 11th 4 2 1 1 3 2 12 10 2 0 27 3
South Africa 2010 Runners-Up 2nd 7 6 0 1 12 6 8 8 0 0 17 2
Brazil 2014 Third Place 3rd 7 5 2 0 15 4 10 9 1 0 34 5
Russia 2018 To be determined 3 1 1 1 5 3
Qatar 2022
Total Runners-Up 10/22 50 27 12 11 86 48 118 77 24 17 280 84

Summer Olympics

Host nation(s) / Year Result GP W D* L GS GA
United Kingdom 1908Third Place210124
Sweden 1912Third Place4301178
Belgium 1920Third Place4202910
France 1924Fourth Place5212117
Netherlands 1928Round 1100102
United Kingdom 1948Round 1210165
Finland 1952Preliminary Round100115

UEFA European Championship

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1960 Did Not Enter
Spain 1964 Did Not Qualify
Italy 1968
Belgium 1972
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Third Place 3rd 2 1 0 1 4 5
Italy 1980 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4
France 1984 Did Not Qualify
West Germany 1988 Champions 1st 5 4 0 1 8 3
Sweden 1992 Semi-finals 3rd 4 2 2 0 6 3
England 1996 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 1 2 1 3 4
Netherlands Belgium 2000 Semi-finals 3rd 5 4 1 0 13 3
Portugal 2004 Semi-finals 3rd 5 1 2 2 7 6
Switzerland Austria 2008 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 3 0 1 10 4
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 2 5
France 2016 Did Not Qualify
2020 To be determined
Total1 Title9/1535178105737


Competition 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Total
World Cup 0 3 1 4
European Championship 1 0 4 5
Olympic Games 0 0 3 3
Total 1 3 8 12
This is a list of honours for the senior Dutch national team
The bronze medalists of the 1912 Summer Olympics

Other Tournaments

See also


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Preceded by
1984 France 
European Champions
1988 (First title)
Succeeded by
1992 Denmark 
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