Netherlands are seeking to end their 34-year trophy drought at the 2022 World Cup.
Blessed with a combination of experience and youth, the Dutch were seen as an outsider for the top prize this winter. But in their last two World Cup showings, they entered with minimal fanfare to win silver and bronze respectively. And they are already through to the quarter-finals.
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Netherlands have a tough quarter-final draw against Argentina, that many expect them to lose. But the Oranje will be hoping they can test the Argentine defence having scored eight goals in their four games at the World Cup.
Netherlands route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar
Group Stage results
|Senegal 0-2 Netherlands
|Al Thumama Stadium
|Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador
|Khalifa International Stadium
|Netherlands 2-0 Qatar
|Al Bayt Stadium
Who could Netherlands meet in the knockout rounds?
As Group A winners, the Netherlands took on USA in their last-16 match-up, and they came through that test with flying colours, winning 3-1 on the night. Van Gaal’s men must now prepare for Argentina in the quarter-final, before facing Croatia or Brazil in the semis, then one of England, France, Portugal or Morocco in the final.
|Route as Group A winners
Confirmed Netherlands World Cup 2022 squad
|Stefan de Vrij
|Virgil van Dijk
|Matthijs de Ligt
|Frenkie de Jong
|Marten de Roon
|Luuk de Jong
Netherlands players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Netherlands World Cup Golden Boot contender – Cody Gakpo
Before the tournament all eyes were on Memphis Depay as the potential man to lead the line for Netherlands having finished the European qualification phase as joint-top scorer with 12 goals, level alongside Harry Kane. However, he arrived in Qatar with an injury and didn’t make his first start until the final game of the group stage, before opening his account against USA, a perfect momentum-building goal when preparing for a nation like Argentina.
Steven Bergwijn has also formed part of a more fluid Dutch attack which has included the star man so far: Cody Gakpo. The PSV man has been in phenomenal form this season, directly involved in 30 goals in 24 games across all competitions for the Dutch side, including nine and 12 in the Eredivisie to lead the division in both metrics. He has carried that form into Qatar.
Netherlands player to watch – Frenkie de Jong
The name on everyone’s lip over the summer was Frenkie de Jong, but he ultimately remained at his dream club Barcelona despite heavy interest from the Premier League, where he could have linked up with former Ajax coach Erik ten Hag at Manchester United.
Ten Hag’s desire for a reunion was sound, as De Jong is among the elite press-resistant midfielders playing today. He’s also fought his way back into Xavi’s Barcelona team, starting nine of their 14 La Liga matches so far including each of the past six.
Much like at Euro 2020, Netherlands’ fate rests in De Jong’s hands. He is the colonel around which the rest of Van Gaal’s side’s panache is constructed, and he got his first World Cup goal in the 2-0 win over Qatar.
Netherlands emerging player to look out for – Kenneth Taylor
An option to start alongside De Jong in Oranje‘s midfield is rising star Kenneth Taylor, who has successfully broken into Ajax’s first team.
The likelihood is Taylor will operate as nothing more than a squad player — which has certainly been the case — having been an unused substitute against Senegal, Ecuador and USA with just a few minutes vs Qatar.
But Van Gaal — like he showed in 2014 — isn’t shy when it comes to giving emerging youngsters an opportunity on the grandest stage, so he will be desperate to grasp any chance that comes his way with both hands.
Netherlands tactical analysis & formation at the World Cup
Van Gaal’s return as head coach saw the Netherlands revert to a classical 4-3-3 shape, with one controlling midfielder anchoring two attack-minded number 8s.
But in recent outings, they’ve switched to a back-three – which the former Manchester United head coach deployed in Oranje‘s unexpected semi-final run eight years ago – and have carried that over into the 2022 World Cup.
The 3-5-2 system has seen Steven Bergwijn start two of the four matches, with Gakpo operating as a No.10 against Senegal before moving up the pitch in two of the last three matches. Vincent Janssen, Depay and Davy Klaassen have also been utilised as part of the attack. Wing-backs Denzel Dumfries and Daley Blind have supported Steven Berghuis (Marten de Roon) and Frenkie de Jong in midfield, with Virgil van Dijk spearheading a defence alongside Nathan Ake and Jurrien Timber, who appears to have usurped Matthijs de Ligt.
Where are Netherlands in the FIFA world rankings?
Netherlands are currently eighth in the FIFA world rankings with only Spain, Italy, England, France, Argentina, Belgium and Brazil ahead of them.
Who is the Netherlands manager?
Louis van Gaal was named Netherlands manager for a third time in August 2021, replacing Frank de Boer.
Who is the current Netherlands captain?
Virgil van Dijk is the Netherlands captain, named ahead of Van Gaal’s first game back in charge against Norway in September 2021.
How many times have Netherlands won the World Cup?
Netherlands are yet to win the World Cup, but have previously finished runners-up on three occasions (1974, 1978 and 2010).
How many times have Netherlands competed in the World Cup?
Making their first appearance in 1934, Netherlands have been involved in 11 World Cups including the 2022 edition in Qatar.
Who has scored Netherlands’ most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Johnny Rep is Netherlands’ top scorer at World Cup tournaments, netting seven goals across 1974 and 1978.
Which player from Netherlands has the most World Cup appearances?
Wesley Sneijder and Robin van Persie have both played in 17 World Cup games for Netherlands, more than any other players.