The official website for European football

Netherlands team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.35CET
Eyeing a tenth UEFA European Championship finals appearace in France in 2016, the Netherlands' finest hour came thanks to Marco van Basten's iconic volley in 1988.

rate galleryrate photo
1/0
counter
  • loading...
Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.35CET

Netherlands team profile

Eyeing a tenth UEFA European Championship finals appearace in France in 2016, the Netherlands' finest hour came thanks to Marco van Basten's iconic volley in 1988.

Best result: winners 1988
Coach: Guus Hiddink
Leading scorer: all-time – Robin van Persie (41); current – Robin van Persie (41)
Most appearances: all-time – Edwin van der Sar (130); current – Rafael van der Vaart (109)
Association formed: 1889
Nickname: Oranje (Orange)
Where they play: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam

The Netherlands will make their tenth FIFA World Cup finals appearance this summer and will be aiming to reach the same number of UEFA European Championship final tournaments in France. Widely renowned for the inventive quality of their football, the Oranje have reached three World Cup finals but lost the lot, their 2010 extra-time defeat to Spain following on from back-to-back losses against host nations West Germany and Argentina in the 1970s. They did become champions of Europe, however, in 1988 when Rinus Michels' talented team, including classy forwards Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten, lifted the Henri Delaunay Cup in Munich.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P134 W84 D22 L28 F290 A108
Final tournament: P35 W17 D8 L10 F57 A37
Qualifying: P99 W67 D14 L18 F233 A71
At the 1988 UEFA European Championship in West Germany, the Netherlands finally seized their moment on the international stage, an unforgettable Van Basten volley in the final completing a 2-0 victory against the Soviet Union and securing the Oranje their first major trophy. They have been ever-present in the final tournament since, reaching the last four in 1992, 2000 and 2004.

A side captained by Johan Cruyff finished third on their debut in 1976, eliminated in extra time by Czechoslovakia in the semi-finals. In 1992 and 2000 they lasted the additional 30 minutes before succumbing on penalties. Those disappointments came amid a run of four shoot-out exits in five major tournaments, the EURO '96 quarter-final defeat included.

Memorable EURO matches
25/06/2000: Netherlands 6-1 Yugoslavia, UEFA EURO 2000 quarter-finals
Patrick Kluivert's hat-trick helped Oranje to their record EURO victory in Rotterdam.

25/06/1988: Netherlands 2-0 USSR, 1988 UEFA European Championship final
Gullit's header and Van Basten's volley ended the nation's wait for major honours.

21/06/1988: West Germany 1-2 Netherlands, 1988 UEFA European Championship semi-finals
Van Basten's late winner earned revenge for their 1974 World Cup final defeat.

Did you know?
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was top scorer in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2012 with 12 goals, one shy of the 13-goal record set by Northern Ireland's David Healy four years previously. 

*Last updated on 07/08/14

Last updated: 09/06/15 2.23CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.comhttp://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/teams/team=95/profile/index.html

Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 27/06/2016 22:10 CET
4 September 2014 04 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Italy2-0Netherlands
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
12/17/2015 16:19:24
9 September 2014 09 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Czech Republic2-1Netherlands
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) Stadium: Stadion Letná, Prague (CZE)
06/02/2016 13:18:01
10 October 2014 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands3-1Kazakhstan
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
05/30/2016 13:53:26
13 October 2014 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Iceland2-0Netherlands
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
04/11/2016 10:54:29
12 November 2014 12 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Netherlands2-3Mexico
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
12/17/2015 15:39:56
16 November 2014 16 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands6-0Latvia
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
05/30/2016 13:53:26
28 March 2015 28 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands1-1Turkey
Referee: Felix Brych (GER) Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
05/30/2016 13:53:26
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Netherlands2-0Spain
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
12/17/2015 16:53:32
5 June 2015 05 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Netherlands3-4USA
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 12:28:19
12 June 2015 12 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Latvia0-2Netherlands
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Stadium: Skonto Stadions, Riga (LVA)
01/08/2016 08:06:34
3 September 2015 03 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands0-1Iceland
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
05/30/2016 13:53:26
6 September 2015 06 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Turkey3-0Netherlands
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu, Konya (TUR)
06/07/2016 08:47:03
10 October 2015 10 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Kazakhstan1-2Netherlands
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA) Stadium: Astana Arena, Astana (KAZ)
06/28/2016 11:02:48
13 October 2015 13 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands2-3Czech Republic
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN) Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
05/30/2016 13:53:26
13 November 2015 13 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Wales2-3Netherlands
Referee: Benoit Bastien (FRA)
12/29/2015 11:29:38
25 March 2016 25 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Netherlands2-3France
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER) Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
06/04/2016 08:36:39
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
England1-2Netherlands
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London (ENG)
05/16/2016 09:49:09
27 May 2016 27 May - Friendlies 2014-16
Republic of Ireland1-1Netherlands
Referee: not available Stadium: Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL)
05/31/2016 15:17:12
1 June 2016 01 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Poland1-2Netherlands
Referee: not available Stadium: Arena Gdansk, Gdansk (POL)
06/02/2016 08:35:39
4 June 2016 04 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Austria0-2Netherlands
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
06/05/2016 13:41:29
6 September 2016 06 Sep - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
SwedenNetherlands
Referee: TBD Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
06/17/2016 18:06:08
7 October 2016 07 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
NetherlandsBelarus
Referee: TBD Stadium: Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam (NED)
06/09/2016 17:09:05
10 October 2016 10 Oct - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group A)
NetherlandsFrance
Referee: TBD Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
06/14/2016 10:07:48
LuxembourgNetherlands
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 16:17:32
BulgariaNetherlands
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 17:05:02
NetherlandsLuxembourg
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:26:33
FranceNetherlands
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:37:48
NetherlandsBulgaria
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 20:26:03
BelarusNetherlands
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 21:11:18
NetherlandsSweden
Referee: TBD
07/26/2015 22:08:48

General info

  • Founded : 1889
  • Currently playing : World Cup 2016/2018, Friendly matches 2014/2016

Trophy cabinet

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    02/09/2011, Netherlands 11-0 San Marino, Eindhoven
  • Biggest defeat:
    18/06/1996, Netherlands 1-4 England, London
    10/09/1975, Poland 4-1 Netherlands, Chorzow
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 14
  • Player with most appearances: 38
    Wesley Sneijder (NED)
  • Top scorers: 19
    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (NED)