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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 the World Cup

Total

M W D L Pts G+   G-
43 22 10 11 76 71 - 44

All time World Cup table

1934 - Uruguay

Round Home - Away Home - Away
1 Netherlands - Switzerland 2 - 3
             

1938 - Italy

Round Home- Away Home- Away
1 Netherlands - Czechoslovakia 0 - 3
            * e.t.

1954 - Switzerland

Round Home- Away Home- Away
- - - - - - -

1958 - Sweden

Round Home- Away Home- Away
- - - - - - -

1962 - Chile

Round Home- Away Home- Away
- - - - - - -

1966 - England

Round Home- Away Home- Away
- - - - - - -

1970 - Mexico

Round Home- Away Home- Away
- - - - - - -

1974 - West-Germany

Round Home- Away Home- Away
             
1 Netherlands - Uruguay 2 - 0
1 Netherlands - Sweden 0 - 0
1 Netherlands - Bulgaria 4 - 1
             
2 Netherlands - Argentina 4 - 0
2 Netherlands - GDR 2 - 0
2 Netherlands - Brazil 2 - 0
             
F Germany - Netherlands 2 - 1
             

1978 - Argentina

Round Home- Away Home- Away
             
1 Netherlands - Iran 3 - 0
1 Netherlands - Peru 0 - 0
1 Netherlands - Scotland 2 - 3
             
2 Netherlands - Austria 5 - 1
2 Netherlands - West Germany 2 - 2
2 Netherlands - Italy 2 - 1
             
F Argentina - Netherlands 3* - 1
            *e.t.

1982 - Spain

Round Home- Away Home- Away
- - - - - - -

1986 - Mexico

Round Home- Away Home- Away
- - - - - - -

1990 - Italy

Round Home- Away Home- Away
             
1 Netherlands - Egypt 1 - 1
1 Netherlands - England 0 - 0
1 Netherlands - Ireland 1 - 1
             
2 Netherlands - Germany 1 - 2
             

1994 - United States

Round Home- Away Home- Away
             
1 Netherlands - Saudi Arabia 2 - 1
1 Netherlands - Belgium 0 - 1
1 Netherlands - Morocco 2 - 1
             
2 Netherlands - Ireland 2 - 0
             
QF Netherlands - Brazil 2 - 3
             

1998 - France

Round Home- Away Home- Away
             
1 Netherlands - Belgium 0 - 0
1 Netherlands - S. Korea 5 - 0
1 Netherlands - Mexico 2 - 2
             
2 Netherlands - Yugoslavia 1 - 0
             
QF Netherlands - Argentina 2 - 1
             
SF Netherlands - Brazil 1 - 1
      Penalties: 2 - 4
             
LF Netherlands - Croatia 1 - 2
             

2002 - Japan & South Korea

Round Home- Away Home- Away
- - - - - - -

2006 - Germany

Round Home- Away Home- Away
             
1 Netherlands - Serbia & M. 1 - 0
1 Netherlands - Ivory Coast 2 - 1
1 Argentina - Netherlands 0 - 0
             
2 Netherlands - Portugal 0 - 1
             

2010 - South Africa

Round Home - Away Home - Away
1 Netherlands - Denmark 2 - 0
1 Netherlands - Japan 1 - 0
1 Cameroon - Netherlands 1 - 2
             
2 Netherlands - Slovakia 2 - 1
             
QF Netherlands - Brazil 2 - 1
             
SF Uruguay - Netherlands 2 - 3
             
F Netherlands - Spain 0 - 1

Team records

Biggest victory: 5-0 vs South Korea in 1998.
Biggest defeat: 0-3 vs Czechoslovakia in 1938.
Overall topscorer: John Rep 7 goals (1974 and 1978)
Most appearances: John Rep, Ruud Krol and Wim Jansen 14 matches (1974 and 1978)
Hosted the World Cup: Never

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