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The Netherlands national football team

This article is about the men's team. For the women's team, see Netherlands women's national football team.
Netherlands
Nickname(s) Oranje
Holland
Clockwork Orange[1]
La Maquina Naranja[2]
The Flying Dutchmen[3]
Association Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond (KNVB)
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Louis van Gaal[4]
Asst coach Danny Blind
Patrick Kluivert[4]
Captain Robin van Persie
Most caps Edwin van der Sar (130)
Top scorer Robin van Persie (41)
Home stadium Amsterdam Arena (52,500)
De Kuip (51,137)
FIFA code NED
FIFA ranking 8
Highest FIFA ranking 1[5] (August 2011 – September 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking 25 (May 1998)
Elo ranking 5
Highest Elo ranking 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.)
Lowest Elo ranking 56 (October 1954)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Belgium 1–4 Netherlands Netherlands
(Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905)
Biggest win
Netherlands Netherlands 11–0 San Marino 
(Eindhoven, Netherlands; 2 September 2011)
Biggest defeat
England England Am. 12–2 Netherlands Netherlands
(Darlington, England; 21 December 1907)[6]
World Cup
Appearances 9 (First in 1934)
Best result Runners-up, 1974, 1978 and 2010
European Championship
Appearances 9 (First in 1976)
Best result Winners, 1988
The Netherlands National Football Team (Dutch: Nederlands nationaal voetbalelftal) has represented the Netherlands in association football since 1905. It is controlled by the Royal Dutch 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 regularly inaccurately referred to as Holland. The Dutch hold the record for playing the most World Cup finals without ever winning the final. They finished second in the 1974, 1978 and 2010 World Cups, losing to West Germany, Argentina and Spain respectively. They won the European Championship in 1988. At the peak of their success in the 1970s, the team was famous for its mastery of Total Football.

In August 2011, the team was ranked number 1 in the FIFA World Rankings, thus becoming the second national football team, after Spain, to top the rankings without previously winning a World Cup.

History

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 it took till 1974 before they performed on the highest stage again.

Total Football in the 1970s

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


By comparison, Euro '76 was a disappointment. The Netherlands lost in the semi-finals to Czechoslovakia, as much because of fighting 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 host, 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. Unfortunately for the Dutch, 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 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 Netherlands missed the 1982 World Cup, Euro '84, and the 1986 World Cup in succession. 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


Rinus Michels returned to coach the team for the Euro '88 tournament. After losing the first group match against the Soviet Union (1–0), the Netherlands went on to qualify 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, who would later become national team coach, scored in the 89th minute of the game to sink the German side. The game is also remembered for its post-match shenanigans, including Ronald Koeman, who, in front of the German supporters, provocatively pretended to wipe his backside with the shirt of Olaf Thon as if it were toilet paper, an action Koeman later stated he regretted.[9] The Netherlands won the final with a convincing victory over the USSR, a rematch on the round robin game, 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, the tournament was not a success. 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, 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.

In the 1994 World Cup, 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.

1996–2004

At Euro '96, after drawing 0–0 with Scotland and beating Switzerland 2–0, they faced the hosts England in the pool A decider, with both teams on 4 points. After 62 minutes, with Scotland beating Switzerland 1–0, the Netherlands were 4–0 down and looked like finishing third behind Scotland on goal difference and going out of the tournament, but Patrick Kluivert converted a Dennis Bergkamp assist and scored in the 78th minute to see the Dutch finish second on goals scored. They then played France in the quarter-finals, drawing 0–0 and being eliminated 5–4 on penalties.


In the 1998 World Cup, Netherlands, whose team included Marc Overmars, Phillip Cocu, Edgar Davids, Frank de Boer, Ronald de Boer, and Patrick Kluivert, met Argentina in the quarter-final, a rematch of the 1978 final. Near the end of regular time, after an unsuccessful dive to draw a penalty, Argentinian Ariel Ortega head-butted Edwin van der Sar.[10] Ortega was sent off and the Netherlands won 2–1 after a Bergkamp goal in the 89th minute. Bergkamp's goal was famous because of its quality — he touched down a 60-yard (55 m) pass from Frank de Boer then reverse-flicked it inside Roberto Ayala and finally volleyed it past the Argentine goalkeeper. In the semi-final, the Netherlands took Brazil to a penalty shootout after a late Kluivert goal tied the match 1–1, but Brazil won the shootout 4–2 and advanced to the final. Netherlands lost the third place match 2–1 to upstart Croatia. Soon after the World Cup exit manager Guus Hiddink resigned after two tournaments in charge and was replaced by legendary ex-midfielder Frank Rijkaard.


Netherlands co-hosted Euro 2000 with Belgium and were one of the favourites coming into the tournament. Getting all three wins in the group stage, including a win over reigning World Cup champions France, they then crushed Yugoslavia 6–1 in the quarter-finals, with Kluivert getting a hat-trick. In the semi-finals, their opponents, Italy, went down to ten men in the first half and the Netherlands were awarded two penalty kicks but failed to convert either chance. Italian goalkeeper Francesco Toldo made two saves in the shootout (in addition to his penalty save in regulation time) to eliminate the Netherlands. Dennis Bergkamp, who failed to score during the tournament, retired from the national team after Euro 2000 (partly due to his fear of flying effectively ruling him out from the 2002 World Cup which was to be held in East Asia.) Coach Frank Rijkaard was widely criticized by the press after the defeat to the Italians as the Dutch had squandered several chances to kill the game. Rijkaard resigned, with Louis van Gaal taking over. Van Gaal is credited with initially bringing through the backbone of this Dutch side whilst manager of Ajax during the mid nineties, including Edwin van der Sar, Edgar Davids, Michael Reiziger, Clarence Seedorf, Marc Overmars, Patrick Kluivert and the De Boer twins.


Surprisingly the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, with crucial losses to Portugal and the Republic of Ireland, the latter of which eliminated them from the Finals tournament. Van Gaal resigned at the conclusion of the Netherlands' unsuccessful campaign.

Dick Advocaat returned to coach the Netherlands for a second time and led the team to the semifinals of Euro 2004 but lost to Portugal and, after receiving criticism for his tactics and player changes, stepped down. This was to be the end for many of the team's World Cup veterans (mostly made up of the Ajax generation of 1995.) Frank and Ronald de Boer, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Marc Overmars, Jaap Stam, and Patrick Kluivert had either retired or were not selected for the upcoming World Cup by new coach Marco van Basten.

2006–2010


The Netherlands qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and finished second in Group C after beating Serbia & Montenegro (1–0) and the Côte d'Ivoire (2–1) and drawing Argentina (0–0). Both Argentina and the Netherlands finished the group stage with seven points, but the Argentinians had a superior goal difference and finished first as a result. The Dutch 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) and was nicknamed "the Battle of Nuremberg" by the press.[11] Despite criticism surrounding his selection policy and the lack of attacking football from his team, Marco van Basten was offered a two-year extension to his contract by the Dutch FA, which would allow him to serve as national coach during Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. The move was widely regarded as a vote of confidence in van Basten and his assistants by the KNVB officials.[12]


The Netherlands began their Euro 2008 campaign with a win in Luxembourg on 2 September 2006. On 8 September 2007, the Oranje beat Bulgaria at the Amsterdam Arena on goals by Wesley Sneijder and Ruud van Nistelrooy. On 12 September 2007, the Netherlands won a hard fought victory against Albania, with van Nistelrooy scoring the winning goal in stoppage time. This win took the Dutch squad into second place in Group G, on par with Romania for points, but behind on goal differential. The Oranje were beaten 1–0 in Romania on 13 October 2007, but four days later, the Netherlands' 2–0 victory over Slovenia, while rivals Bulgaria could only draw in Albania, left the Dutch needing one win from their last two games, at home to Luxembourg and away to Belarus, to qualify for Euro 2008.

The Netherlands played their first game in 2008 against Croatia in Split. The team, without Ruud van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie, Clarence Seedorf, Orlando Engelaar, and Arjen Robben, won the match 3–0. The first goal was scored by John Heitinga on a header, while Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored the second goal on an assist from Tim de Cler. The final goal came from Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. The team used a new formation under Marco van Basten, scrapping the previously used 4–3–3 formation for a 4–2–3–1.

The Dutch team was a participant in the "Group of Death", together with France, Italy, and Romania. They began Euro 2008 with a 3–0 win over World Cup Champion Italy in Bern on 9 June 2008. This was the Netherlands' first victory over Italy since 1978. In their second group match against France on 13 June 2008, the Netherlands won convincingly with a 4–1 score. The Dutch closed out an incredible group stage campaign with a 2–0 win over Romania. However, they lost in the quarter-final to former coach Guus Hiddink's Russia by 3–1, despite a late 86th minute equalizer by Ruud van Nistelrooy.


Under new coach Bert van Marwijk, the Dutch team went on to secure a 100 percent record in their World Cup 2010 qualification campaign, winning all eight games and becoming the first European team to qualify for the World Cup. The World Cup Draw in Cape Town on the 4 December 2009 saw the Dutch being placed alongside Denmark, Cameroon and Japan in Group E. On June 14 the Dutch won 2–0 against Denmark in their opener at the World Cup. On June 19 they then beat Japan 1–0 with a goal from Wesley Sneijder. They were the first team to qualify for the Round of 16 after a 2–1 victory from Denmark over Cameroon. In the first knockout round they faced Slovakia. At the end it was 2–1 victory after goals from Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder. The conceded goal came in injury time from a penalty taken by Róbert Vittek. They advanced to the semifinals with a 2–1 victory over the favoured Brazilians on July 2, 2010. Brazil, who had held a 1–0 lead at the half, was the favourite to win the cup, had never lost in 37 World Cup matches (35–0–2) in which they had held a halftime lead. The first Dutch goal was originally ruled an own goal by Felipe Melo, but was later officially changed to a goal by Wesley Sneijder. The second came from a corner kick headed into the net by Wesley Sneijder despite being the shortest player on the field. In the semi-final the Dutch beat Uruguay 3–2 to advance to their first World Cup final since 1978. The Dutch hoped to cap off an undefeated run through the World Cup, but lost to Spain 1–0 after midfielder Andres Iniesta scored in extra time. This final also became Giovanni van Bronckhorst's last match in professional football.

Euro 2012

The Dutch went on after the World Cup tournament and started with the full score of 24 points from 8 matches in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.[13]

In between the qualification matches, the team went on a trip to South America for rematches of the World Cup quarter and semi-finals against Brazil and Uruguay. Although the matches ended in draws, coach Bert van Marwijk saw it as "a good test for his players, to prove they were fit to overcome hostile circumstances also."

The Netherlands reached the 1st place of the FIFA-World Ranking for the first time in August 2011, but in September they were on the second place again.

On 2 September 2011, the Netherlands defeated San Marino 11–0, their biggest victory in history.[14]

On 6 September 2011, the Dutch defeated Finland 2–0, ensuring a place at the Euro 2012, either as Group E winner or as the best runners-ups. They later secured the top spot in the group with a 1–0 win over Moldova.

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 10 9 0 1 37 8 +29 27
 Sweden 10 8 0 2 31 11 +20 24
 Hungary 10 6 1 3 22 14 +8 19
 Finland 10 3 1 6 16 16 0 10
 Moldova 10 3 0 7 12 16 −4 9
 San Marino 10 0 0 10 0 53 −53 0

Finals

The draw for the final tournament took place on 2 December 2011 at the Ukraine Palace of Arts in Kiev, Ukraine.[15][16] Netherlands was placed in Group B along with Germany, Portugal, and Denmark, thus making it the group of death. On 17 June 2012, Netherlands lost to Portugal in a 2–1 defeat and exited the competition, having lost all three matches in the group. Johan Cruyff criticized the team's star players of poor build up play and sloppy execution of the easy passes.[17][18]

Group B

UEFA Euro 2012 Group B

9 June 2012
19:00 UTC+3
Netherlands  0–1  Denmark
Report Krohn-Dehli Goal 24'
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv
Attendance: 35,923
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

13 June 2012
21:45 UTC+3
Netherlands  1–2  Germany
Van Persie Goal 73' Report Gómez Goal 24'38'
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv
Attendance: 37,750
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

17 June 2012
21:45 UTC+3
Portugal  2–1  Netherlands
Ronaldo Goal 28'74' Report Van der Vaart Goal 11'
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv
Attendance: 37,445
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

2014 FIFA World Cup

On 30 July 2011 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary draw, the Netherlands were placed in Group D. They commence their qualifying campaign in late 2012 in a group that features contenders Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Estonia and Andorra[19]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures (2012–2013)

2012

2013

Colours

The Netherlands national football team famously plays in bright orange shirts. Orange is the historic national colour of the Netherlands, originating from the coat of arms of the Dutch founding father William of Orange-Nassau. The top red band of the current flag was originally orange. The current Dutch away shirt is white, with a red patch surrounding the badge and continuing to the top of the left shoulder, and a blue patch at the right bottom of the kit.

Nike is the kit provider to the national team, a sponsorship that began in 1997 and is contracted to continue until at least 2018.

Kit history

Home

1934
1934 World Cup
1974
1974 (alt.)
1978-1980
1978 (alt.)
1988
1988 (alt.)
1990
1994
1998
2000
2002
2002 (alt.)
2004
2004 (alt.)
2006
2006 World Cup
2008
2008 (alt.)
2010
2010 (alt.)
2012

Away

1990
1994
1994
1996
2000
2002
2004
2006
2008
2010
2010 (alt.)
2012
2013

Competitive record

*Denotes draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Gold background colour indicates that the tournament was won.
***Red border colour indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Coaching staff

Position Name Notes
Manager Netherlands Louis van Gaal
Assistant Manager Netherlands Danny Blind
Assistant Manager Netherlands Patrick Kluivert
Goalkeeping Coach Netherlands Frans Hoek
Fitness Coach Netherlands Rene Wormhoudt
Team Manager Netherlands Hans Jorritsma
Head Scout Netherlands Ronald Spelbos
Physician Netherlands Gert-Jan Goudswaard
Physiotherapist Netherlands Arno Philips
Other Staff Netherlands Rob Koster
Netherlands Carlo De Leeuw
U-21 Manager Netherlands Albert Stuivenberg
U-19 Manager Netherlands Wim van Zwam
U-17 Manager Netherlands Maarten Stekelenburg

Current squad

The following players were called up to the preliminary squad for the matches vs. Japan & Colombia.

Caps and goals updated as October 15, 2013 after the match against .

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Michel Vorm (1983-10-20) October 20, 1983 (age 30) 14 0 Wales Swansea City
1GK Jasper Cillessen (1989-04-22) April 22, 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Netherlands Ajax

2DF Gregory van der Wiel (1988-02-03) February 3, 1988 (age 26) 35 0 France Paris Saint-Germain
2DF Ron Vlaar (1985-02-16) February 16, 1985 (age 29) 19 1 England Aston Villa
2DF Daryl Janmaat (1989-07-22) July 22, 1989 (age 25) 12 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
2DF Bruno Martins Indi (1992-02-08) February 8, 1992 (age 22) 12 2 Netherlands Feyenoord
2DF Jetro Willems (1994-03-30) March 30, 1994 (age 20) 10 0 Netherlands PSV
2DF Stefan de Vrij (1992-02-05) February 5, 1992 (age 22) 8 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
2DF Jeffrey Bruma (1991-11-13) November 13, 1991 (age 22) 7 0 Netherlands PSV
2DF Daley Blind (1990-03-09) March 9, 1990 (age 24) 6 0 Netherlands Ajax
2DF Paul Verhaegh (1983-09-01) September 1, 1983 (age 30) 1 0 Germany Augsburg

3MF Rafael van der Vaart (1983-02-11) February 11, 1983 (age 31) 107 24 Germany Hamburg
3MF Wesley Sneijder (1984-06-09) June 9, 1984 (age 30) 96 26 Turkey Galatasaray
3MF Nigel de Jong (1984-11-30) November 30, 1984 (age 29) 68 1 Italy Milan
3MF Kevin Strootman (1990-02-13) February 13, 1990 (age 24) 22 3 Italy Roma
3MF Stijn Schaars (1984-01-11) January 11, 1984 (age 30) 21 0 Netherlands PSV
3MF Jordy Clasie (1991-06-27) June 27, 1991 (age 23) 6 0 Netherlands Feyenoord
3MF Jonathan de Guzmán (1987-09-13) September 13, 1987 (age 26) 6 0 Wales Swansea City
3MF Leroy Fer (1990-01-05) January 5, 1990 (age 24) 4 0 England Norwich City

4FW Dirk Kuyt (1980-07-22) July 22, 1980 (age 34) 98 24 Turkey Fenerbahçe
4FW Robin van Persie (captain) (1983-08-06) August 6, 1983 (age 30) 81 41 England Manchester United
4FW Arjen Robben (vice-captain) (1984-01-23) January 23, 1984 (age 30) 72 21 Germany FC Bayern Munich
4FW Jeremain Lens (1987-11-24) November 24, 1987 (age 26) 18 7 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
4FW Memphis Depay (1994-02-13) February 13, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands PSV

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 Tim Krul (1988-04-03) April 3, 1988 (age 26) 5 0 England Newcastle United v.  Turkey, October 15, 2013
GK Jeroen Zoet (1991-01-06) January 6, 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Netherlands PSV v.  Hungary, October 11, 2013 (preliminary)
GK Kenneth Vermeer (1986-01-10) January 10, 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Andorra, September 10, 2013
GK Maarten Stekelenburg (1982-09-22) September 22, 1982 (age 31) 54 0 England Fulham v.  Romania, March 26, 2013

DF Ricardo van Rhijn (1991-06-13) June 13, 1991 (age 23) 7 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Estonia, September 6, 2013 (preliminary)
DF Karim Rekik (1994-12-02) December 2, 1994 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands PSV v.  Estonia, September 6, 2013 (preliminary)INJ
DF John Heitinga (1983-11-15) November 15, 1983 (age 30) 87 7 England Everton v.  China PR, June 11, 2013
DF Erik Pieters (1988-08-07) August 7, 1988 (age 25) 17 0 England Stoke City v.  China PR, June 11, 2013
DF Mike van der Hoorn (1992-10-15) October 15, 1992 (age 21) 0 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Estonia, March 22, 2013 (preliminary)
DF Khalid Boulahrouz (1981-12-28) December 28, 1981 (age 32) 35 0 Denmark Brøndby v.  Italy, February 6, 2013INJ

MF Adam Maher (1993-07-20) July 20, 1993 (age 21) 5 0 Netherlands PSV v.  Andorra, September 10, 2013
MF Georginio Wijnaldum (1990-11-11) November 11, 1990 (age 23) 3 1 Netherlands PSV v.  Estonia, September 6, 2013INJ
MF Marco van Ginkel (1992-12-01) December 1, 1992 (age 21) 2 0 England Chelsea v.  Estonia, September 6, 2013 (preliminary)
MF Tonny Vilhena (1995-01-03) January 3, 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Portugal, August 14, 2013 (preliminary)
MF Lerin Duarte (1990-08-11) August 11, 1990 (age 23) 0 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  China PR, June 11, 2013
MF Ibrahim Afellay (1986-04-02) April 2, 1986 (age 28) 44 5 Spain Barcelona v.  Germany, November 14, 2012
MF Urby Emanuelson (1986-06-16) June 16, 1986 (age 28) 16 0 Italy Milan v.  Germany, November 14, 2012

FW Ruben Schaken (1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 32) 6 2 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Hungary, October 11, 2013 (preliminary)
FW Ricky van Wolfswinkel (1989-01-27) January 27, 1989 (age 25) 2 0 England Norwich City v.  Hungary, October 11, 2013 (preliminary)
FW Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (1983-08-12) August 12, 1983 (age 30) 60 34 Germany Schalke 04 v.  Portugal, August 14, 2013
FW Ola John (1992-05-19) May 19, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Portugal Benfica v.  Romania, March 26, 2013
FW Jean-Paul Boëtius (1994-03-22) March 22, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Estonia, March 22, 2013 (preliminary)
FW Bas Dost (1989-05-31) May 31, 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Germany Wolfsburg v.  Estonia, March 22, 2013 (preliminary)
FW Eljero Elia (1987-02-13) February 13, 1987 (age 27) 28 2 Germany Werder Bremen v.  Germany, November 14, 2012

Notes INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury

Previous squads

Past managers

Individual all-time records

  Still active players are highlighted

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