The Dutch national team has had fantastic results at the FIFA World Cup in the past. In fact, Holland is one of the top ten countries as far as performances in this final tournament are concerned. Holland was amongst the four best teams of the tournament on four different occasions: in 1974, 1978 and 2010 the Dutch national team lost in the World Cup final, while in 1998 it ended up in fourth place after losing to Brazil on penalty kicks in the semi-final.
1974 World Cup: Holland vs. West Germany
Dutch football flourished in the seventies. Led by Rinus Michels, Total Football was introduced to the world and with legendary player Johan Cruyff in the team, the Dutch were a formidable opponent. By employing attacking football and quick combinations plus scoring wonderful goals, Holland swept aside opponents like Brazil and Argentina. The Dutch national team looked to be on its way to becoming world champions, but host country West Germany spoiled the party by beating Holland 2-1 in the final.
1978 World Cup: Holland vs. Argentina
Four years after the defeat in Germany, the Dutch national team were once again on the verge of victory in Argentina. Coach Ernst Happel had assembled a Dutch side that was able to reach the final again—this time without Johan Cruyff. Holland took on the host country. When the final went to extra time, the Argentines scored two goals to win 3-1.
2010 World Cup: Holland vs. Spain
The 2010 World Cup was held in South Africa. The team of Coach Bert van Marwijk played attacking, focused football, convincingly winning every game on its way to the final. After 32 years Holland was once more a World Cup finalist, meeting Spain this time. In extra time Spain scored the only goal of the tie, sending Holland home empty-handed for the third time.
Upon arrival back home, the Dutch national team was greeted as if it had won the final. More than 700,000 Holland fans stood along canals and gathered at Amsterdam’s centrally-located square Museumplein to pay tribute to the successful national team for its fantastic performance.
WC 2014: Holland - Brazil
The 2014 World Championship was held in Brazil. The Dutch team were coached by Louis van Gaal and played an excellent tournament. Expectations that Orange would go far were not high prior to the World Championship. The team was in a strong group, and played their opening match against former world champion Spain (from which they lost the final in 2010). Their opening match, however, exceeded all expectations and has kept even the international press talking. The Orange team beat Spain by 5-1. After this win, they also beat Australia (3-2) and Chili (2-0), becoming the overall winner in their group. The Dutch team then won their matches against Mexico (2-1) and Costa Rica (penalties: 4-3), playing against Argentina in the semi-final. Unfortunately their dream of winning the World Cup went up in smoke, the penalties resulting in 2-4 against Holland. In the third-place playoff, Orange did win from Brazil, claiming bronze in the 2014 World Championship. The Orange team played some fantastic matches and Holland is proud of its 2014 team.
FIFA World Cup 2018
Sadly, Holland won’t be there Unfortunately the Dutch team did not manage to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.