Dutch team's EURO history

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EURO history

Since 1988 the Dutch national team has been a fixture at the UEFA European Football Championship. The Dutch football pyramid has been regularly churning out young talent for the national team, helping Holland qualify for the European Football Championship every four years. In contrast with the three World Cup finals which Holland has lost, the Dutch national team earned its first—and to date only—major title in its history on 25 June 1988. The national team of trainer Rinus Michels beat the USSR 2-0 on goals by Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten. Keeper Hans van Breukelen also stopped a penalty kick 15 minutes from time.

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Since 1988 the Dutch national team has been a fixture at the UEFA European Football Championship. The Dutch football pyramid has been regularly churning out young talent for the national team, helping Holland qualify for the European Football Championship every four years. In contrast with the three World Cup finals which Holland has lost, the Dutch national team earned its first—and to date only—major title in its history on 25 June 1988. The national team of trainer Rinus Michels beat the USSR 2-0 on goals by Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten. Keeper Hans van Breukelen also stopped a penalty kick 15 minutes from time.

Holland at the Euros

Holland has been represented at each European Football Championship since 1988. The Dutch national team has also made it through the qualifying group stage each time. In both 1996 and 2008, Holland crashed out of the tournament in the quarter-finals, while in 1992, 2000 and 2004 the national team did so in the semi-finals.

For years the term ‘Holland’ was synonymous in the football world for the penalty syndrome. In 1992, 1996 and 2000, the score was tied at the end of regulation and extra time, ultimately being decided on penalty kicks. Three European Football Championships in a row the Dutch national team lost on penalties. But the syndrome was finally broken in 2004, when Holland beat Sweden on penalties.

Euro 2000 and orange campings

Outside of the football pitch, too, Holland has distinguished itself in the world of football. EURO 2000 was organized jointly by Holland and Belgium. Every four years thousands of enthusiastic Holland supporters travel to different corners of Europe to cheer on their team, while wearing their brilliant orange outfits. Actual ‘orange’ campings are even set up near the venues of the Dutch national team, where throngs of fans stay and then head to the games en masse.

The Dutch national team may be proud of the number of times it has qualified for and how well it has performed at the UEFA European Football Championship.

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