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Netherlands national football team

Netherlands national football team
National Football Team
NicknameClockwork Orange
The Flying Dutchmen
AssociationKoninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond - KNVB
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachBert van Marwijk
CaptainMark van Bommel
Most capsEdwin van der Sar (130)
Top scorerPatrick Kluivert (40)
Home stadiumAmsterdam Arena
De Kuip
Philips Stadion
FIFA ranking2
Highest FIFA ranking1 (August 2011-September 2011)
Lowest FIFA ranking25 (May 1998)
Elo ranking2
Highest Elo ranking1 (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 ranking56 (October 1954)
World Cup Statistics
First internationalBelgium 1 � 4 Netherlands Netherlands
(Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905)
Biggest winNetherlands Netherlands 11 � 0 San Marino
(Eindhoven, Netherlands; 2 September 2011)
Biggest defeatEngland England Am. 12 � 2 Netherlands Netherlands
(Darlington, England; 21 December 1907)
First World Cup1934
Best resultRunners-Up, 1974, 1978 and 2010
Regional cup statistics
European Championship
First apps.1976
Best resultWinners, 1988

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The Netherlands National Football Team ( ) represents the Netherlands in association football and is controlled by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), the governing body for football in the Netherlands. The team was first assembled in 1905.

The football team is colloquially referred to as 'Het Nederlands Elftal' (The Dutch Eleven), 'Holland', referring the Netherlands as a whole (although it is actually the name of a smaller region), and 'Oranje', a tribute to the House of Orange-Nassau.

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 and was nicknamed Clockwork Orange for its precision passing.

In August 2011, the team were 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. The Netherlands National Football Team remains one of the strongest football teams in Europe and the world.

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