Netherlands Soccer Betting Odds
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Nicknames: Clockwork Orange, The Flying Dutchmen
Head coach: Bert van Marwijk
Captain: Mark van Bommel
Most caps: Edwin van der Sar (130)
Top scorer: Patrick Kluivert (40)
Home stadium: Amsterdam Arena
The success story of the Netherlands football association, KNVB, one of the founder members of FIFA, is something to be proud of. The Dutch have taken part in seven European Championships, winning the title once, in 1988. Equally famous are the epic battles against Germany and Argentina in the 1974 and 1978 World Cup finals, ending in defeats that still smart, but not without enriching European football history with thrilling new chapters. When professional football was introduced in 1954, it led to a split in the league. The Netherlands consequently devised a unique qualifying system that served financial rather than sporting purposes. A club can only be relegated from the 1st division if it withdraws, for instance for financial reasons, to the amateur leagues. The Netherlands have also played a pioneering role in other branches of football. Futsal has been played there since 1969 and a powerful women's football section has existed since 1971. Among the countless players who are too numerous to mention here, several of them with roots from the Caribbean region have done the Dutch overseas territories proud with their footballing careers.
FIFA 2014 World Cup Group B
2014 World Cup Game Schedule
Round of 16
|Jun 13||Spain||1-5||Netherlands||Salvador||4:00 PM|
|Jun 13||Chile||3-1||Australia||Cuiaba||6:00 PM|
|Jun 18||Spain||0-2||Chile||Rio De Janeiro||4:00 PM|
|Jun 18||Australia||2-3||Netherlands||Porto Alegre||1:00 PM|
|Jun 23||Australia||0-3||Spain||Curitiba||1:00 PM|
|Jun 23||Netherlands||3-2||Chile||Sao Paulo||1:00 PM|
UEFA World Cup Qualifiers
The Union of European Football Associations, almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer. UEFA represents most of the national football associations of Europe, runs national and club competitions in its area, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions. Due to the disputed boundary of Europe and Asia transcontinental nations such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia, are members of the UEFA rather than AFC, as are Israel and Cyprus which lie entirely in Asia.