World Cup participations: 7
Greatest World Cup achievement: 2nd place (1974, 1978)
Holland has qualified without problems in a strong group
against Czech Republic and Romania - that shows the good form
of the team coached by Marco van Basten.
Captain and goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar has shown his class with
many great saves - the Dutch owe him a lot.
There are plenty of stars - first of all Ruud van Nistelrooy Man United's
top striker, his attacking colleague Chelsea's Arjen Robben,
Rafael van der Vaart and still some old acquaintances like van Bronckhorst or Cocu.
The only weakness could be the missing experience of the lot of youngsters.
The group with Argentina, Serbia and Ivory Coast ist the most difficult one -
you can also drop out there, but if Holland get their way (and we think
they will do) they could go very far.
The odds on Holland as world cup winner were not too low
- 15.0 at Betandwin.
For a bet on group winner Holland you get 2.45.
inventors of total football, Dutch football is a football
loverís joy. They have a way with the ball and are second to
none in their skills. Holland has produced world-class players
like Cruyff, van Basten, Gullit, Bergkamp, Rijkaard and Davids,
in the last three decades. Striker Ruud van Nistelrooy teaming
up with 19-year-old Wesley Sneijder and a host of the very
best from European leagues makes this squad a heady mixture.
is not very well with the team. The very fact that the players
come from all over Europe also becomes its bane as it paves
the way for internal bickering and a plethora of other
problems like racial issues and factionalism. Abounding talent
also brings with it abundant problems. Coaches then tend to
use an iron hand, which in turn causes heart burn for the star
players. The teamís fortunes are affected when these
differences and ego problems are carried over to the pitch. If
super egos can be kept under check and self-destructive
tendencies curbed, the Dutch can surely have a go at the
magnificent Cup of World supremacy.
Coach: Marco Van Basten
Record: Joint hosts in 2000 and won the Final in 1988 beating Russia 2-0.
Players to Watch out for: Ruud van Nistelrooy , Wesley Sneijder, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben
World Cup Squad Holland
This is the official world cup squad -
you can find here all the
world cup players
Edwin van der Saar
Tim de Cler
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Marc van Bommel
Rafael van der Vaart
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Robin van Persie
Other World Cup Teams
Trinidad and Tobago
Serbia and Montenegro