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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.

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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: 05/09/14 12.43CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/10/2014 12:15 CET
Netherlands2-0Turkey
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
04/18/2013 18:13:20
11 September 2012 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Hungary1-4Netherlands
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) – Stadium: Ferenc Puskás, Budapest (HUN)
04/18/2013 17:10:02
Netherlands3-0Andorra
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) – Stadium: Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam (NED)
04/18/2013 17:10:02
Romania1-4Netherlands
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO) – Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
08/29/2013 18:40:47
Netherlands3-0Estonia
Referee: Vitali Meshkov (RUS) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Netherlands4-0Romania
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
05/28/2013 11:06:50
Estonia2-2Netherlands
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR) – Stadium: Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn (EST)
09/11/2013 07:13:21
10 September 2013 - FIFA World Cup, Qualifying round (Group D)
Andorra0-2Netherlands
Referee: Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović Jr. (CRO) – Stadium: Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella (AND)
09/10/2013 21:18:29
Netherlands8-1Hungary
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
12/16/2013 12:37:24
Turkey0-2Netherlands
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR) – Stadium: Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul (TUR)
12/16/2013 12:37:38
Spain1-5Netherlands
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) – Stadium: Mangabeira, Salvador De Bahia (BRA)
06/17/2014 08:19:01
Australia2-3Netherlands
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG) – Stadium: Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (BRA)
06/19/2014 01:32:49
Netherlands2-0Chile
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM) – Stadium: Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (BRA)
06/24/2014 02:21:50
29 June 2014 - FIFA World Cup, Round of 16
Netherlands2-1Mexico
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR) – Stadium: Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza (BRA)
06/29/2014 18:58:59
Netherlands0-0Costa Rica
Netherlands win 4-3 on penalties
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB) – Stadium: Mangabeira, Salvador De Bahia (BRA)
07/05/2014 23:49:36
Netherlands0-0Argentina
Argentina win 4-2 on penalties
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) – Stadium: Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (BRA)
07/09/2014 23:46:09
12 July 2014 - FIFA World Cup, Third place
Brazil0-3Netherlands
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG) – Stadium: Mane Garrincha, Brasilia (BRA)
07/12/2014 22:53:40
Italy2-0Netherlands
Referee: not available
09/04/2014 22:37:46
9 September 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Czech Republic2-1Netherlands
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) – Stadium: Stadion Letná, Prague (CZE)
10/13/2014 19:03:27
10 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Netherlands3-1Kazakhstan
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN) – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
10/15/2014 11:15:19
13 October 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
Iceland2-0Netherlands
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) – Stadium: Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavik (ISL)
10/27/2014 13:56:21
Netherlands - Mexico
Referee: TBD
10/27/2014 12:43:04
16 November 2014 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
NetherlandsLatvia
Referee: TBD – Stadium: Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
10/29/2014 09:47:14
NetherlandsTurkey
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:34:45
LatviaNetherlands
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:26
3 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
NetherlandsIceland
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:06
6 September 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
TurkeyNetherlands
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:36:49
10 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
KazakhstanNetherlands
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:35:56
13 October 2015 - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group A)
NetherlandsCzech Republic
Referee: TBD
10/08/2014 17:37:46

General info

  • Founded : 1889
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016, 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: 37
    Edwin van der Sar (NED)
  • Top scorers: 16
    Marco van Basten (NED)
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