|A goalkeeper in 1906: Leigh Richmond
Football is considered a different thing
in different parts of the world: the most popular of
these world-wide is 'association football' or simply
football as we call it in Europe.
But the English word "football"
is also used for American football, Australian rules
football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, rugby
football (rugby union and rugby league), and related
In The Netherlands it's only football
Modern football as we know it emerged
in the middle of the 19th century in England, where
the first clubs turned professional as early as 1885.
Brought over by English students football
reached Holland abou that time, with the first Dutch
club being founded in 1879 by Mr. Pim Mulier: HFC (Haarlem
It was the same Pim Mulier who founded
the 'Nederlandschen Voetbal- en Athletischen Bond' (NVAB),
(Dutch Football and Athletics Association), the predecessor
of the modern KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association,
At first HFC played Rugby Football on
a pitch where cows grazed during the week and that actually
had a number of trees standing in the middle of the
When too many parents of the young players
started complaining about the injuries of their children,
the club changed to association football in 1883.
Soon after all over the Netherlands other
clubs were founded and when the NVAB saw the light a
total of 10 clubs joined: Rotterdamsche Cricket- en
Football-Club "Concordia", Delftsche F.C.,
Haarlemsche F.C., Haarlemsche F.C. "Excelsior",
Haagsche Voetbal-Vereeniging, Rotterdamsche Cricket-
en Football-Club "Olympia" , Voetbalvereniging
Rotterdam, Amsterdamsche Sportclub, Amsterdamsche F.C.
"R.A.P.", Voetbal-Vereniging "Amsterdam".
In 1895 the members no longer wanted to
be in a joined union with the athletics department and
so they evicted the latter and renamed themselves NVB,
the Nederlandse Voetbal Bond.
Fourty years later they were granted the
title 'Royal' and so they went on as the KNVB (Konklijke
Nederlandse Voetbal Bond).
Ten years after the Dutch Football Association
went solo, Dutchman C.A.W. Hirschmann and the Frenchman
Robert Guérin founded the F.I.F.A. (Federation
Internationale de Football Association). The British
do not join the new world wide association yet, as they
do not see the need for it. They did one year later
April 30, 1905 The very first international
match was played in and against Belgium, and won: 1-4.
All goals were scored by Eddy de Neve. He scored a total
of six goals in the three games he played for Holland.
21 December 1907 - The day of the biggest
ever defeat up until this day. It was the first time
Holland played in orange jerseys, but after the match
they saw only red: 12-2 for England.
1908 Olympic Games in London - The very
first international competition. Holland lost 4-0 against
tot Great-Britain, but still ended third by beating
1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm - Since
the 1908 games in London the Netherlands had only played
16 friendlies of which they lost only four (all against
England). The only player left over from the 1908 games
was Bok De Korver. But again the bronze medal was the
best possible result after victories over Sweden (4-3)
and Austria (3-1) and defeat in the semi finals against
Denmark (1-4). They won the bronze medal by a victory
over Finland (9-0). Jan Vos scored 5!
25 April 1909 - Edu Snethlage is the first
player to reach a total of 10 goals scored. Holland
beat Belgium 4-1 and Snethlage scored 3.
02 April 1911 - In a friendly against
Belgium (3-1) Jan van Breda Kolff was the youngest
player ever to play for Holland. After this match
there has never been a younger player in the national
team. He scored his only goal for Holland in this match.
That goal meant that he was also the youngest
player to score a goal.
24 March 1913 - Holland beat England for
the first time in history. In Den Haag the Netherlands
win 2 - 1.
17 May 1914 - The last match before World
War I was played in and against Denmark, and lost: 4-3.
9 June 1919 - Holland resume playing international
games with a match at home against Sweden: 3-1.
1920 Olympic Games in Antwerpen - These
were the last Olympic Games which saw only European
teams competing. In the semi finals Holland lost out
to Belgium 0 - 3, after they had beaten Luxemburg 3
- 0, and Sweden 5 - 4. The last match was not a battle
for the bronze medal, but for silver. Czechoslovakia
were disqualified after they refused to play the second
half against Belgium. In their opinion the referee was
corrupted. So Holland could try and win a silver medal
by beating a strong Spanish side. Sadly the Iberians
were too strong: 1-3.
1924 Olympic Games in Paris - For the
fourth time Holland reached the semi final. This time
Uruqauy were to0 strong: 1 - 2 . In the first round
Holland beat Romania 6 - 0, in the second round Ireland
were overcome 2 - 1. After the loss against Uruqauy
in the semi finals, Sweden had to be beaten to win the
bronze medal. The match ended in a draw (1 -1) and so
a replay was needed to determine a winne. Sweden won
the second battle 1 - 3 and took the bronze.
25 October 1925 - Harry Dénis becomes
record international. Against Sweden he played his 32nd
match. With that he passed Bok de Korver.
|The Dutch team at the 1928 Olympics,
just before the game against Uruguay
1928 - Olympic Games in Amsterdam with
the introduction of the Olympic Flare. Holland couldn't
approach the good results they reached during previous
games. After defeat agains Uruguay, a win against Belgium
and a draw against Chili they did not make it past the
5 June 1928 - Harry Dénis is the
first player to reach 50 caps. He played his 50th match
against Belgium at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam. The
Netherlands won 3-1.
1930 - The Netherlands are candidates
to organize the first World Cup. After FIFA give the
organization to Ururquay, Holland decide to not to participate
in these first Word Championships.
May 18, 1930 - Harry Dénis quits
after 56 caps, of which he captained 37. Besides one
own goal he never scored once.
To be continued