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"The intellectualisation
of football has
always foundered
on a simple problem-
-the players. Doing
all your most
rewarding thinking
with your feet seems
to dull the philo-
sophical impulse.
Unless, of course,
you are Dutch.
According to legend,
Europeans played
a moronic, muscular
version of the world's
game, until Holland
proclaimed its vision
of total football in the
1974 World Cup,
and enlightenment
dawned."

From:
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
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The Netherlands at European Championships

1960
France
1964
Spain
1968
Italy
1972
Belgium
1976
Yugoslavia
1980
Italy
1984
France
1988
West Germany
1992
Sweden
1996
England
2000
Belgium & Netherlands
2004
Portugal
2008
Austria & Switzerland
2012
Poland
   

The Netherlands' record at European Championships

Played Won Drawn Lost Goals + Goals - Points
32 17 8 7 55 32 59

The Netherlands are ranked second in the all time table of the European Championships. They have won it once, in 1988.

1960 - France

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The Netherlands did not enter the qualifications

   

1964 - Spain

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Qualifications

11-11-1962 Netherlands - Switzerland 1-3
31-03-1963 Switzerland - Netherlands 1-1
         
11-09-1963 Luxemburg - Netherlands 1-1
30-10-1963 Netherlands - Luxemburg 1-2
Not qualified
   

1968 - Italy

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Qualifications

07-09-1966 Netherlands - Hungary 2 - 2
21-09-1966 Hungary - Denmark 6 - 0
30-11-1966 Netherlands - Denmark 2 - 0
05-04-1967 East-Germany - Netherlands 4 - 3
10-05-1967 Hungary - Netherlands 2 - 1
24-05-1967 Denmark - Hungary 0 - 2
04-06-1967 Denmark - East-Germany 1 - 1
13-09-1967 Netherlands - East-Germany 1 - 0
27-09-1967 Hungary - East-Germany 3 - 1
04-10-1967 Denmark - Netherlands 3 - 2
11-10-1967 East-Germany - Denmark 3 - 2
29-10-1967 East-Germany - Hungary 1 - 0

Final standings

Pl. W D L G+ G- Pts
1 Hungary 6 4 1 1 15 5 9
2 East-Germany 6 3 1 2 10 10 7
3 Netherlands 6 2 1 3 11 11 5
4 Denmark 6 1 1 4 6 16 3
Not qualified

1972 - Belgium

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Qualifications

11-10-1970 Netherlands - Yugoslavia 1 - 1
14-10-1970 Luxemburg - Yugoslavia 0 - 2
11-11-1970 East-Germany - Netherlands 1 - 0
15-11-1970 Luxemburg - East-Germany 0 - 5
24-02-1971 Netherlands - Luxemburg 6 - 0
04-04-1971 Yugoslavia - Netherlands 2 - 0
24-04-1971 East-Germany - Luxemburg 2 - 1
09-05-1971 East-Germany - Yugoslavia 1 - 2
10-10-1971 Netherlands - East-Germany 3 - 2
16-10-1971 Yugoslavia - East-Germany 0 - 0
27-10-1971 Yugoslavia - Luxemburg 0 - 0
17-11-1971 Luxemburg - Netherlands 0 - 8

Final standings

Pl. W D L G+ G- Pts
1 Yugoslavia 6 3 3 0 7 2 9
2 Netherlands 6 3 1 2 18 6 7
3 East-Germany 6 3 1 2 11 6 7
4 Luxemburg 6 0 1 5 1 23 1
Not qualified

1976 - Yugoslavia

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Qualifications

01-09-1974 Finland - Poland 1 - 2
25-09-1974 Finland - Netherlands 1 - 3
09-10-1974 Poland - Finland 3 - 0
20-11-1974 Netherlands - Italy 3 - 1
19-04-1975 Italy - Poland 0 - 0
05-06-1975 Finland - Italy 0 - 1
03-09-1975 Netherlands - Finland 4 - 1
10-09-1975 Poland - Netherlands 4 - 1
27-09-1975 Italy - Finland 0 - 0
15-10-1975 Netherlands - Poland 3 - 0
26-10-1975 Poland - Italy 0 - 0
22-11-1975 Italy - Netherlands 1 - 0

Final standings

Pl. W D L G+ G- Pts
1 Netherlands 6 4 0 2 14 8 8
2 Poland 6 3 2 1 9 5 8
3 Italy 6 2 3 1 3 3 7
4 Finland 6 0 1 5 3 13 1

Round 2

25-04-1976 Netherlands - Belgium 5-0 1-0 Rijsbergen (17')
2-0 Rensenbrink (28')
3-0 Rensenbrink (58')
4-0 Neeskens (80'-p)
5-0 Rensenbrink (86')
22-05-1976 Belgium - Netherlands 1-2 1-0 van Gool (28')
1-1 Rep (64')
1-2 Cruyff (79')
Qualified

Finals

SF

16-06-1976 Netherlands - Czechoslovakia 1-3 1-0 Ondrus (20')
1-1 Ondrus (og) (77
2-1 Nehoda (114')
3-1 Vesely (119')

LF

19-06-1976 Netherlands - Yugoslavia 3-2 1-0 Geels (27')
2-0 van de Kerkhof (39')
2-1 Katalinski (43')
2-2 Džajic (82')
3-2 Geels (107')
The Netherlands finish 3rd, behind Czechoslovakia and West-Germany

1980 - Italy

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Qualifications

06-09-1978 Iceland - Poland 0 - 2
20-09-1978 Netherlands - Iceland 3 - 0
04-10-1978 East-Germany - Iceland 3 - 1
11-10-1978 Switzerland - Netherlands 1 - 3
15-11-1978 Netherlands - East-Germany 3 - 0
15-11-1978 Poland - Switzerland 2 - 0
28-03-1979 Netherlands - Switzerland 3 - 0
18-04-1979 East-Germany - Poland 2 - 1
02-05-1979 Poland - Netherlands 2 - 0
05-05-1979 Switzerland - East-Germany 0 - 2
22-05-1979 Switzerland - Iceland 2 - 0
09-06-1979 Iceland - Switzerland 1 - 2
05-09-1979 Iceland - Netherlands 0 - 4
12-09-1979 Iceland - East-Germany 0 - 3
12-09-1979 Switzerland - Poland 0 - 2
26-09-1979 Poland - East-Germany 1 - 1
10-10-1979 Poland - Iceland 2 - 0
13-10-1979 East-Germany - Switzerland 5 - 2
17-10-1979 Netherlands - Poland 1 - 1
21-11-1979 East-Germany - Netherlands 2 - 3

Final standings Pl. W D L G+ G- Pts
1 Netherlands 8 6 1 1 20 6 13
2 Poland 8 5 2 1 13 4 12
3 East-Germany 8 5 1 2 18 11 11
4 Switzerland 8 2 0 6 7 18 4
5 Iceland 8 0 0 8 2 21 0
Qualified

Finals

11-06-1980 Netherlands - Greece 1 - 0 1-0 Kist 65' (pen.)
14-06-1980 Netherlands - West Germany 2 - 3 1-0 Allofs 20'
2-0 Allofs 60'
3-0 Allofs 65'
3-1 Rep 79' (pen.)
3-2 Van de Kerkhof 85'
17-06-1980 Netherlands - Chechoslovakia 1 - 1 1-0 Nehoda 16'
1-1 Kist 59'

Final standings Pl. W D L G+ G- Pts
1 West Germany 3 2 1 0 4 2 5
2 Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 4 3 3
3 Netherlands 3 1 1 1 4 4 3
4 Greece 3 0 1 2 1 4 1
The Netherlands are out

1984 - France

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Qualifications

05-06-1982 Malta - Iceland 2 - 1
01-09-1982 Iceland - Netherlands 1 - 1
22-09-1982 Netherlands - Ireland 2 - 1
13-10-1982 Ireland - Iceland 2 - 0
27-10-1982 Spain - Iceland 1 - 0
17-11-1982 Ireland - Spain 3 - 3
19-12-1982 Malta - Netherlands 0 - 6
16-02-1983 Spain - Netherlands 1 - 0
30-03-1983 Malta - Ireland 0 - 1
27-04-1983 Spain - Ireland 2 - 0
15-05-1983 Malta - Spain 2 - 3
29-05-1983 Iceland - Spain 0 - 1
05-06-1983 Iceland - Malta 1 - 0
07-09-1983 Netherlands - Iceland 3 - 0
21-09-1983 Iceland - Ireland 0 - 3
12-10-1983 Ireland - Netherlands 2 - 3
16-11-1983 Netherlands - Spain 2 - 1
16-11-1983 Ireland - Malta 8 - 0
17-12-1983 Netherlands - Malta 5 - 0
21-12-1983 Spain - Malta 12 - 1

Final standings Pl. W D L G+ G- Pts
1 Spain 8 6 1 1 24 8 13
2 Netherlands 8 6 1 1 22 6 13
3 Ireland 8 4 1 3 20 10 9
4 Iceland 8 1 1 6 3 13 3
5 Malta 8 1 0 7 5 37 2
Not qualified

1988 - West-Germany

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Qualifications

15-10-1986 Hungary - Netherlands 0 - 1
15-10-1986 Poland - Greece 2 - 1
12-11-1986 Greece - Hungary 2 - 1
19-11-1986 Netherlands - Poland 0 - 0
03-12-1986 Cyprus - Greece 2 - 4
21-12-1986 Cyprus - Netherlands 0 - 2
14-01-1987 Greece - Cyprus 3 - 1
08-02-1987 Cyprus - Hungary 0 - 1
25-03-1987 Netherlands - Greece 1 - 1
12-04-1987 Poland - Cyprus 0 - 0
29-04-1987 Greece - Poland 1 - 0
29-04-1987 Netherlands - Hungary 2 - 0
17-05-1987 Hungary - Poland 5 - 3
23-09-1987 Poland - Hungary 3 - 2
14-10-1987 Hungary - Greece 3 - 0
14-10-1987 Poland - Netherlands 0 - 2
11-11-1987 Cyprus - Poland 0 - 1
02-12-1987 Hungary - Cyprus 1 - 0
09-12-1987 Netherlands - Cyprus 4 - 0
16-12-1987 Greece - Netherlands 0 - 3
 
Final standings Pl. W D L G+ G- Pts
1 Netherlands 8 6 2 0 15 1 14
2 Greece 8 4 1 3 12 13 9
3 Hungary 8 4 0 4 13 11 8
4 Poland 8 3 2 3 9 11 8
5 Cyprus 8 0 1 7 3 16 1
Qualified  

Finals

12-06-1988 Sowiet Union - Netherlands 1-0 1-0 Rats 52'
15-06-1988 Netherlands - England 3-1 1-0 Van Basten 44'
1-1 Robson 53'
2-1 Van Basten 71'
3-1 Van Basten 75'
18-06-1988 Netherlands - Ireland 1-0 1-0 Kieft 82'
 
Group Standings Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 USSR 3 2 1 0 5 2 5
2 Netherlands 3 2 0 1 4 2 4
3 Republic of Ireland 3 1 1 1 2 2 3
4 England 3 0 0 3 2 7 0
The Netherlands progress to the semi-finals

SF

21-06-1988 Netherlands - West-Germany 2-1 1-0 Matthäus 55' (pen)
1-1 R. Koeman 74' (pen)
2-1 Van Basten 88'

Final

18-06-1988 Netherlands - Sowiet Union 2-0 1-0 Gullit 32'
2-0 Van Basten 54'

The Netherlands are European Champions!

 

1992 - Sweden

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Qualifications

12-09-1990 Finland - Portugal 0 - 0
17-10-1990 Portugal - Netherlands 1 - 0
31-10-1990 Greece - Malta 4 - 0
21-11-1990 Netherlands - Greece 2 - 0
25-11-1990 Malta - Finland 1 - 1
19-12-1990 Malta - Netherlands 0 - 8
23-01-1991 Greece - Portugal 3 - 2
09-02-1991 Malta - Portugal 0 - 1
20-02-1991 Portugal - Malta 5 - 0
13-03-1991 Netherlands - Malta 1 - 0
17-04-1991 Netherlands - Finland 2 - 0
16-05-1991 Finland - Malta 2 - 0
05-06-1991 Finland - Netherlands 1 - 1
11-09-1991 Portugal - Finland 1 - 0
09-10-1991 Finland - Greece 1 - 1
16-10-1991 Netherlands - Portugal 1 - 0
30-10-1991 Greece - Finland 2 - 0
21-11-1991 Portugal - Greece 1 - 0
04-12-1991 Greece - Netherlands 0 - 2
22-12-1991 Malta - Greece 1 - 1

Final standings Pl. W D L G+ G- Pts
1 Netherlands 8 6 1 1 17 2 13
2 Portugal 8 5 1 2 11 4 11
3 Greece 8 3 2 3 11 9 8
4 Finland 8 1 4 3 5 8 6
5 Malta 8 0 2 6 2 23 2
Qualified

Finals

12-06-1992 Netherlands - Scotland 1-0 1-0 Bergkamp 75'
15-06-1992 CIS - Netherlands 0-0  
18-06-1992 Netherlands - Germany 3-1 1-0 Rijkaard 3'
2-0 Witschge 14'
2-1 Klinsmann 53'
3-1 Bergkamp 72'
Group standings G W D L G+ G- P
1 Netherlands 3 2 1 0 4 1 5
2 Germany 3 1 1 1 4 4 3
3 Scotland 3 1 0 2 3 3 2
4 CIS 3 0 2 1 1 4 2

SF

22-06-1992 Denmark - Netherlands 2-2 1-0 Larsen 5'
1-1 Bergkamp 23'
2-1 Larsen 33'
2-2 Rijkaard 86'
Penalties R. Koeman
Van Basten
Bergkamp
Rijkaard
R. Witschge
  Larsen
Povlsen
Elstrup
Vilfort
Christofte
4-5 VIDEO
Denmark progressed to the final in which they beat Germany 2-0

 

1996 - England

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Qualifications

06-09-1994 Czech Republic - Malta 6 - 1
07-09-1994 Luxemburg - Netherlands 0 - 4
07-09-1994 Norway - Belarus 1 - 0
12-10-1994 Belarus - Luxemburg 2 - 0
12-10-1994 Malta - Czech Republic 0 - 0
12-10-1994 Norway - Netherlands 1 - 1
16-11-1994 Belarus - Norway 0 - 4
16-11-1994 Netherlands - Czech Republic 0 - 0
14-12-1994 Netherlands - Luxemburg 5 - 0
14-12-1994 Malta - Norway 0 - 1
22-02-1995 Malta - Luxemburg 0 - 1
29-03-1995 Czech Republic - Belarus 4 - 2
29-03-1995 Netherlands - Malta 4 - 0
29-03-1995 Luxemburg - Norway 0 - 2
26-04-1995 Belarus - Malta 1 - 1
26-04-1995 Czech Republic - Netherlands 3 - 1
26-04-1995 Norway - Luxemburg 5 - 0
07-06-1995 Belarus - Netherlands 1 - 0
07-06-1995 Luxemburg - Czech Republic 1 - 0
07-06-1995 Norway - Malta 2 - 0
16-08-1995 Norway - Czech Republic 1 - 1
06-09-1995 Czech Republic - Norway 2 - 0
06-09-1995 Netherlands - Belarus 1 - 0
06-09-1995 Luxemburg - Malta 1 - 0
07-10-1995 Belarus - Czech Republic 0 - 2
11-10-1995 Luxemburg - Belarus 0 - 0
11-10-1995 Malta - Netherlands 0 - 4
12-11-1995 Malta - Belarus 0 - 2
15-11-1995 Czech Republic - Luxemburg 3 - 0
15-11-1995 Netherlands - Norway 3 - 0

Final standings Pl. W D L G+ G- Pts
1 Czech Republic 10 6 3 1 21 6 21
2 Netherlands 10 6 2 2 23 5 20
3 Norway 10 6 2 2 17 7 20
4 Belarus 10 3 2 5 8 13 11
5 Luxemburg 10 3 1 6 3 21 10
6 Malta 10 0 2 8 2 22 2
As The Netherlands came second they have to play a decider against Ireland

Play-off

13-12-1995 Netherlands - Ireland 2-0 Pl. in Liverpool, England
Qualified

Finals

10-06-1996 Netherlands - Scotland 0-0  
13-06-1996 Netherlands - Switzerland 2-0 1-0 Cruyff 66'
2-0 Bergkamp 79'
18-06-1996 England - Netherlands 4-1 1-0 Shearer 23' (pen.)
2-0 Sheringham 51'
3-0 Shearer 57'
4-0 Sheringham 62'
4-1 Kluivert 78'

Group standings Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1 England 3 2 1 0 7 2 7
2 Netherlands 3 1 1 1 3 4 4
3 Scotland 3 1 1 1 1 2 4
4 Switzerland 3 0 1 2 1 4 1

QF

22-06-1996 France - Netherlands 0-0
Penalties Zidane
Djorkaeff
Lizarazu
Guérin
Blanc
  De Kock
R. de Boer
Kluivert
Seedorf
Blind
5-4
   

2000 - Belgium & The Netherlands

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Qualifications

As Holland are organizers of the tournament they were automatically qualified

Finals

11-06-2000 Netherlands - Czech Republic 1-0 1-0 F. de Boer 89' (pen)
16-06-2000 Netherlands - Denmark 3-0 1-0 Kluivert 57'
1-0 R. de Boer 66'
1-0 Zenden 77'
21-06-2000 Netherlands - France 3-2 0-1 Dugarry 8'
1-1 Kluivert 14'
1-2 Trezeguet 31'
2-2 F. de Boer 51'
3-2 Zenden 59'

Group standings Pl. W D L G+ G- Pts
1 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 7 2 9
2 France 3 2 0 1 7 4 6
3 Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 3 3 3
4 Denmark 3 0 0 3 2 8 0

QF

25-06-2000 Netherlands - Yugoslavia 6-1 1-0 Kluivert 24'
2-0 Kluivert 38'
3-0 Govedarica 51' (o.g.)
4 -0 Kluivert 54'
5-0 Overmars 78'
6-0 Overmars 90'
6-1 Miloševic 90+1'

SF

29-06-2000 Italy - Netherlands 0-0  
Penalties Di Biagio
Pessotto
Totti
Maldini
  F. de Boer
Stam
Kluivert
Bosvelt
3-1  
   

2004 - Portugal

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Qualifications

07-09-2002 Austria - Moldova 2 - 0
07-09-2002 Netherlands - Belarus 3 - 0
12-10-2002 Belarus - Austria 0 - 2
12-10-2002 Moldova - Czech Republic 0 - 2
16-10-2002 Austria - Netherlands 0 - 3
16-10-2002 Czech Republic - Belarus 2 - 0
29-03-2003 Belarus - Moldova 2 - 1
29-03-2003 Netherlands - Czech Republic 1 - 1
02-04-2003 Czech Republic - Austria 4 - 0
02-04-2003 Moldova - Netherlands 1 - 2
07-06-2003 Belarus - Netherlands 0 - 2
07-06-2003 Moldova - Austria 1 - 0
11-06-2003 Austria - Belarus 5 - 0
11-06-2003 Czech Republic - Moldova 5 - 0
06-09-2003 Belarus - Czech Republic 1 - 3
06-09-2003 Netherlands - Austria 3 - 1
10-09-2003 Czech Republic - Netherlands 3 - 1
10-09-2003 Moldova - Belarus 2 - 1
11-10-2003 Austria - Czech Republic 2 - 3
11-10-2003 Netherlands - Moldova 5 - 0

Final standings Pl. W D L G+ G- Pts
1 Czech Republic 8 7 1 0 23 5 22
2 Netherlands 8 6 1 1 20 6 19
3 Austria 8 3 0 5 12 14 9
4 Moldova 8 2 0 6 5 19 6
5 Belarus 8 1 0 7 4 20 3

Finals

Group stages

15-06-2004 Netherlands - Germany 1-1 0-1 Frings 30'
1-1 Van Nistelrooij 81'
19-06-2004 Czech Republic - Netherlands 3 - 2 0-1 Bouma 4'
0-2 Van Nistelrooij 19'
1-2 Koller 23'
2-2 Baroš 71'
3-2 Šmicer 88'
23-06-2004 Netherlands - Latvia 3-0 1-0 Van Nistelrooij 27'
2-0 Van Nistelrooij 35' (pen.)
3-0 Makaay 84'

Group standings Pl. W D L G+ G-A Pts
1 Czech Republic 3 3 0 0 7 4 9
2 Netherlands 3 1 1 1 6 4 4
3 Germany 3 0 2 1 2 3 2
4 Latvia 3 0 1 2 1 5 1

QF

26-06-2004 Netherlands - Sweden 0-0
Penalties Källström
Larsson
Ibrahimovic
Ljungberg
Wilhelmsson
Mellberg
  Van Nistelrooy
Heitinga
Reiziger
Cocu
Makaay
Robben
4 – 5

SF

30-06-2004 Portugal - Netherlands 2-1 1-0 Ronaldo 26'
2-0 Maniche 58'
2-1 Andrade 63' (og)
Portugal lost the final 1-0 to Greece (goal Charisteas)

2008 - Austria/Switzerland

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Group stages

09-06-2008 Netherlands - Italy 3-0 1-0 Van Nistelrooy 26'
2-0 Sneijder 31'
3-0 Van Bronckhorst 79'
13-06-2008 Netherlands - France 4-1 1-0 Dirk kuyt 9'
2-0 Robin van Persie 59'
2-1 Thierry Henry 71'
3-1 Arjen Robben 72'
4-1 Wesley Sneijder 90'+2
17-06-2008 Netherlands - Romania 2-0 1-0 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar 54'
2-0 Robin van Persie 87'

Group standings Pl. W D L G+ G- Pts
1 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 9 1 9
2 Italy 3 1 1 1 3 4 4
3 Romania 3 0 2 1 1 3 2
4 France 3 0 1 2 1 6 1

QF

21-06-2008 Netherlands - Russia 1-3 (e.t.) 1-0 Pavluchenko, 56'
1-1 Ruud van Nistelrooy, 86'
2-1 Torbinsky, e.t. 22'
3-1 Arshavin, e.t. 26'
Russia went out in the quarterfinals, losing 3-0 to Spain, who went on to win the tournament beating Germany in the final: 1-0

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