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Holland in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
France 1998 was Holland's 7th appearance in the World Cup Finals.

Best World Cup Performance:
Holland have been in the final twice, West Germany 1974 and Argentina 1978, but they have never won the cup.

Even the Johan Cruyff inspired dream team playing total football could not overcome the mastery of Argentina, or the discipline of Germany.

Holland in the 1998 World Cup

Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond
Group E

13th June: vs. Belgium (0:0) in Saint-Denis.

20th June: vs. South Korea (5:0) in Marseilles.

25th June: vs. Mexico (2:2) in St. Etienne.

Holland topped Group E, thanks to the five goals they thumped in against South Korea.

Knockout Stage

2nd Round
29th June: vs. Yugoslavia (2:1) in Toulouse.

Holland found it harder going against Yugoslavia, in Toulouse.

1/4 Finals
4th July: vs. Argentina (2:1) in Marseilles.

Justice was finally done when Holland removed the cheating, diving Argentineans from the World Stage, in the quarter-finals.

1/2 Finals
7th July: vs. Brazil (1:1 aet) in Marseilles.

The semi-final against Brazil was tight, but the Dutch fail to get their hands on the World cup again; this time not even completing their penalties.

Third Place Match
11th July: vs. Croatia (1:2) in Paris.

Davor Suker's strike, against Holland, made him the leading striker of the tournament.

UEFA:
Union des Associations Européennes de Football.

Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond.

Holland World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers:

1 Edwin Van der Sar (Ajax)
18 Ed de Goeij (Chelsea)
22 Ruud Hesp (Barcelona)

Defenders:

2 Michael Reiziger (Barcelona)
3 Jaap Stam (PSV Eindhoven)
4 Frank de Boer (Ajax)
5 Arthur Numan (PSV Eindhoven)
13 André Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven)
15 Winston Bogarde (Barcelona)

Midfielders:

6 Wim Jonk (PSV Eindhoven)
7 Ronald de Boer (Ajax)
10 Clarence Seedorf (Real Madrid)
11 Phillip Cocu (PSV Eindhoven)
16 Edgar Davids (Juventus)
19 Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (Feyenoord)
20 Aron Winter (Inter Milan)

Forwards:

8 Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal)
9 Patrick Kluivert (AC Milan)
12 Boudewijn Zenden (PSV Eindhoven)
14 Marc Overmars (Arsenal)
17 Pierre Van Hooijdonk (Nottingham Forest)
21 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Leeds United)

Trainer:
Guus Hiddink.

Teams by Group

Group A
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Group C
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Group D
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Group E
Travel to Belgium Belgium, Travel to Holland Holland, Travel to Mexico Mexico, Travel to South Korea South Korea.

Group F
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Group G
Travel to Colombia Colombia, Travel to England England, Travel to Romania Romania, Travel to Tunisia Tunisia.

Group H
Travel to Argentina Argentina, Travel to Croatia Croatia, Travel to Jamaica Jamaica, Travel to Japan Japan.

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