The Netherlands national football team played their first international match on 30 April 1905, beating Belgium 3-1 in Antwerp.

 

The national team wear an orange kit, after the royal House of Orange-Nassau. This has lead to their nickname Oranje. The Netherlands are also colloquially referred to as Holland.

 

The national team has three primary stadiums which it uses for home matches, The Amsterdam Arena, De Kuip and Philips Stadion. The stadiums have a capacity of 52,052, 51,117 and 36,000 respectively.

 

The Netherlands have featured in 10 World Cups and are arguably the greatest football nation to have never won the tournament. The national team has finished as runners up on three occasions, in 1974, 1978 and 2010. At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they finished in third place, the Netherlands stunned the world as they thrashed defending champions Spain 5-1 in their opening match.

 

The Netherlands co-hosted the European Championship with Belgium in 2000 and finished 3rd in the tournament. The Oranje have participated in 9 Championships and won the tournament in 1988 in Germany.

 

The national team’s all-time leading goalscorer is current captain, Robin van Persie. Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar holds the record for most caps, with 130. Notable former players include Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Clarence Seedorf, Edgar Davids, Marco van Basten, Phillip Cocu, the de Boer brothers, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Joahn Cruyff.

 

Cruyff is widely considered to be the greatest Dutch footballer of all-time, despite only making 48 appearances for the national team. Van Basten and Cruyff each won the Ballon d’Or award on three occasions. Ruud Gullit also won the award in 1987.

 

Danny Blind is the current Dutch manager, having replaced Louis van Gaal in 2015. Previous managers of the national team include Dick Advocaat, Guus Hiddink, Frank Rijkaar, Marco van Basten and Bert van Marwijk.

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