The Netherlands have been a football powerhouse for decades now and have never been ranked lower than 36 in the world by FIFA.
For a country with an estimated population of just under 18 million people in 2022, the Netherlands have somehow rarely been short of quality players and coaches.
From the iconic Johan Cruyff and Patrick Kluivert to modern stars like Memphis Depay and Virgil van Dijk, the Dutch have always boasted strong teams.
But has that star power ever converted into a World Cup win? The Sporting News dives into their record at the men’s FIFA tournament.
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Have the Netherlands ever won the World Cup?
To date, the Netherlands have never won the World Cup but have come agonisingly close in the past.
They have in fact finished as runners-up on three occasions, losing the final in 1974, 1978 and 2010.
Their last two finals both went to extra time with the Dutch losing 3-1 to Argentina in 1978 before Spain edged past them 1-0 in 2010 courtesy of Andres Iniesta’s goal in the 116th minute.
The Netherlands have also fallen short at the semi-final stages twice highlighting their ability to go deep into the tournament without ultimate success.
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Netherlands best finish at FIFA World Cup
While they finished second on three occasions, South Africa 2010 marks their best overall campaign.
The Netherlands won all six of their games leading up to the final against Spain, scoring 12 times and conceding just five goals on their way to another unsuccessful final.
Their 1974 campaign was also quite strong as they won five of seven games with one draw and one loss. The Dutch also ended the tournament with a goal difference of +12 having let in just one goal prior to the final that ended 2-1 to West Germany.
Across their past 10 World Cups, the Netherlands have notably never failed to escape their group – a trend that has continued at Qatar 2022.
|Final||3||1974, 1978, 2010|
|Round of 16||4||1934, 1938, 1990, 2006|
Netherlands World Cup history and results
While the Dutch have often stumbled in qualifying for the World Cup, once there they rarely fail to deliver on the pitch.
Prior to the 2022 World Cup, the Netherlands had lost just 12 of their 50 games at the tournament – with three of those defeats coming in the final.
|1930||Did not enter||—|
|1934||Round of 16||0-0-1|
|1938||Round of 16||0-0-1|
|1950||Did not enter||—|
|1954||Did not enter||—|
|1958||Did not qualify||—|
|1962||Did not qualify||—|
|1966||Did not qualify||—|
|1970||Did not qualify||—|
|1982||Did not qualify||—|
|1986||Did not qualify||—|
|1990||Round of 16||0-3-1|
|2002||Did not qualify||—|
|2006||Round of 16||2-1-1|
|2018||Did not qualify||—|
|2022||Round of 16*||2-1-0|
*Round of 16 match yet to be played.