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 Koninklijke Nederlandsche Voetbalbond  

Coach: Guus HIDDINK                                

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vs. BELGIUM

13.06.98 Saint-Denis

vs.SOUTH KOREA

20.06.98 Marseille

vs. MEXICO

25.06.98 Saint-Etienne

Team Colors: Orange with White trim, White pants

Confederation: UEFA

7th time in World Cup finals (1934, 38, 74, 78, 90, 94, 98)

Reached World Cup final twice (1974 and 78)

Reached quarter-final in 1994 World Cup

Won the European Championship in 1988

Keep an Eye on:Dennis Bergkamp: Perhaps Holland's most gifted attacker since Johan Cruyff. 3 words, though: Temper, temper, temper. Led all Dutch scorers with 7.

Ronald de Boer: Right-footed, can play almost anywhere. Like his twin brother, is with Ajax.

Clarence Seedorf: Still only 21, effective either in central defense or midfield.

Frank Deboer ©CnnSi

Key players:

F Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal, England),

D Frank de Boer (Ajax),

M Clarence Seedorf (Real Madrid, Spain),

F Patrick Kluivert (AC Milan, Italy).

Analysis: The past few years has seen the team lacking team spirit.This is no Clockwork Orange. Defense could be a problem. Likely quarterfinalists.

Considerable attacking talent, but not to be confused with dynamic 1974-78 runners-up.

History: In the 1970's players such as Johan Cruyff (Ajax Amsterdam), the most famous Dutch player ever, Robbie Rensenbrink (RSC Anderlecht), Willem van Hanegem (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Johan Neeskens (Ajax Amsterdam) and Ruud Krol (Ajax Amsterdam) became internationally famous. Reached the World Cup final in 1974 and 1978 with what was considered a 'dream team' but lost both times, first to Germany and then against Argentina. Failed to qualify for the 1982 and '86 finals but came back in 1990 and then again in 1994 where they reach the quarter-finals.

After the sucess of the 70's Holland went into a slump but soon came back to the fore, winning the European Championship in 1988 and then reaching the semi-final of Euro '92. Considered amongst one of the strongest sides in Europe, Holland finished top of their qualifying group for France. Holland is helped by the fact that several of their top players play for top European sides (Reiziger at Barcelona, Bogarde and Kluivert at AC Milan, Winter at Inter Milan, Seedorf at Real Madrid, Bergkamp and Overmars at Arsenal).

At club level Ajax Amsterdam, winners of four European Cups (1971,72,73,95), Cup Winners Cup (1987), UEFA Cup (1992), Supercup (1972,73,95), Intercontinental Cup (1972,95), 26 league titles and 12 Dutch Cups, are one of Europe's top sides. PSV Eindhoven, European Cup winners in 1988, UEFA Cup (1978), 14 league titles and seven Dutch Cups is also one of the best sides in Europe.

Holland is something of an enigma.There is tremendous talent in the team and they would not have lost their one qualifying game in Turkey if Clarence Seedorf had not brashly insisted on taking - and missing - a vital penalty. Yet, somehow, the parts seem greater than the whole, a not unfamiliar story in recent World Cups.(See Argentina)

Dennis Bergkamp, in such glorious form for Arsenal this season, is a guarantee of quality and should have useful help from Marc Overmars, his clubmate, on the wing, but enigmatic is surely the word for Bergkamp's probable strike partner, Patrick Kluivert. Transferred this season to AC Milan, and undermined by a road accident and unsubstantiated accusations of rape, he has yet to recover the form that made him a teenage prodigy at Ajax. Other Dutchmen have disappointed at Milan, too, with Edgar Davids appearing set to move to Juventus.

Quality and consistency are guaranteed by the formidable De Boer twins, Frank and Ronald, who remain at the great Amsterdam nursery, while Winter is in much-improved form this season at Internazionale. Seedorf can play with power and elegance either in central defense or midfield and has made a great impact at Real Madrid since joining them, while Wim Jonk remains commanding in midfield.

Yet whether the team has sufficient invention to support Bergkamp is open to question, as is the identity of his striking partner if Kluivert fails to run into form in time. The Dutch, who threw away their chance in the 1974 final, seem unlikely to do better this time.

Trivia for the Pub: The word "Dutch' seems to be an American invention.

More trivia for the Pub: The Pennsylvania Dutch, the Amish? Yep, German, not Dutch.

Question still to be answered: How many ways have you heard and seen Cruyff's name mispronounced and mispelled?

POSITION NAME AGE CAPS

G Edwin van der Sar 28 21

G Ed de Goey 30 29  

G Ruud Hesp 32 0

D Frank de Boer 27 50

D Arthur Numan 27 24

D Michael Reiziger 24 22

D Johan de Kock 33 13

D Winston Bogarde 27 10

D Jaap Stam 25 10

D Ferdi Vierklau 24 2

M Aron Winter 30 67

M Wim Jonk 31 39

M Ronald de Boer 27 36

M Clarence Seedorf 21 26

M Phillip Cocu 27 15

M Fiovanni van Bronckhorst 22 8

M Jean-Paul van Gastel 25 2

F Dennis Bergkamp 28 57

F Mark Overmars 24 35  

F John Bosman 32 29

F Patrick Kluivert 21 16

F Pierre van Hooijdonk 27 9

F Roy Makaay 22 2

F Boudewijn Zenden 21 2

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