The Netherlands national football team (Dutch: Het Nederlands Elftal) has represented the Netherlands in international men’s football matches since 1905. The national team is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), the governing body for football in the Netherlands, which is a part of UEFA, and under the jurisdiction of FIFA. They are widely considered one of the best national teams in world football and widely regarded as one of the greatest national teams of all time. Most of the Netherlands’ home matches are played at the Johan Cruyff Arena and the Stadion Feijenoord.
The team is colloquially referred to as Het Nederlands Elftal (The Dutch Eleven) or Oranje, after the House of Orange-Nassau and their distinctive orange jerseys. Like the country itself, the team is sometimes (also colloquially) referred to as Holland. The fan club is known as “Het Oranje Legioen” (The Orange Legion).
The Netherlands has competed in ten FIFA World Cups, appearing in the finals three times (in 1974, 1978 and 2010). They have also appeared in ten UEFA European Championships, winning the 1988 tournament in West Germany. Additionally, the team won a bronze medal at the Olympic tournament in 1908, 1912 and 1920. The Netherlands has long-standing football rivalries with neighbours Belgium and Germany.
Netherlands FIFA World Cup 2022 Squad
Matthijs de Ligt
Stefan de Vrij
Virgil van Dijk
Marten de Roon
Frenkie de Jong
Netherlands FIFA World Cup 2022 Coach (Manager) Louis van Gaal
Aloysius Paulus Maria “Louis” van Gaal OON is a Dutch football manager and former player who is the current head coach of the Netherlands national team. At club level, he served as manager of Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United, as well as having three spells in charge of the Netherlands national team. Van Gaal is one of the most decorated managers in world football, having won 20 major honours in his managerial career. He is sometimes nicknamed the “Iron Tulip”.