Netherlands 2022 World Cup squad: Roster, outlook, top players

Could this be a decisive year for the Dutch?

From Total Football to tiki-taka, from van Basten to van Dijk, the history of football in the Netherlands is intimately linked to the world game. But despite reaching three World Cup finals, the last in 2010, the Dutch men’s national team, known locally as Oranje, has yet to win the biggest prize in international football.

Disaster struck in 2016 and 2018, when the team failed to qualify for the European Championship and the World Cup. This is a steady rise from FIFA’s all-time low of 36, reached in 2017 during the World Cup qualifying debacle. Two national team legends, Ronald Koeman and Frank de Boer, have been in charge since 2018. Now, after a disappointment in the Euro 2020 knockout stage, Louis van Gaal is at the helm for his third term . His team stumbled a few times in qualifying (draw against Montenegro and Norway), but eventually finished first in their group. They also topped their Nations League group, beating Belgium, Poland and Wales to secure a place in the semi-finals.

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