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The Kingdom of the Netherlands was formed in 1815. In 1830 Belgium seceded and formed a separate kingdom. The Netherlands remained neutral in World War I, but suffered invasion and occupation by Germany in World War II. A modern, industrialized nation, the Netherlands is also a large exporter of agricultural products. The country was a founding member of NATO and the EEC (now the EU), and participated in the introduction of the euro in 1999.
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More about Netherlands:
|Coach||Marco van Basten, 2004-|
|Most caps||Frank de Boer (112)|
|Top scorer||Patrick Kluivert (40)|
Belgium 1 - 4 Netherlands
(Antwerp, Belgium; 30 April 1905)
Netherlands 9 - 0 Norway
(Rotterdam, Netherlands; 1 November 1972)
Netherlands 2 - 12 England Amateur
(The Hague, Netherlands; 1 April 1907)
|Appearances||8 (First in 1934)|
|Best result||Runners-up, 1974 and 1978|
|Appearances||7 (First in 1976)|
|Best result||Winners, 1988|
The Netherlands national football team is the national football team of the Netherlands and is controlled by the Royal Netherlands Football Association.
Netherlands is one of the world's strongest national teams, having won the European Championship in 1988, and having reached two consecutive World Cup finals, but losing both (1974 and 1978). At the peak of its success in the 1970s, the team was nicknamed "Clockwork Orange" for its precise passing.
The Netherlands made their first World Cup appearance in 1934, and after coming back in 1938, entered the world of football wilderness. They came out of it in the 1970s with the invention of Total Football. Pioneered by Ajax Amsterdam and lead by the creative genius of Johan Cruijff and Rinus Michels, the Dutch made huge strides, getting to two World Cup finals in the decade. The team has been strong since, winning Euro 88, reaching the semi-finals in Euro 92, Euro 2000 and Euro 2004, and finishing fourth in the 1998 World Cup.
The Netherlands 2006 World Cup.