Have the Netherlands ever won the World Cup? Dutch history in men’s FIFA tournament

The Netherlands have been a football powerhouse for decades 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 has 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 translated into a World Cup win? Sporting News dives into their record at the men’s FIFA tournament.

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Has the Netherlands ever won the World Cup?

To date, the Netherlands have never won the World Cup, but they came agonizingly close in the past.

In fact, they finished as runners-up on three occasions, losing the final in 1974, 1978 and 2010.

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Their last two finals went to extra time with the Dutch losing 3-1 to Argentina in 1978 before Spain edged them 1-0 in 2010 courtesy of Andres Iniesta’s 116th-minute goal.

The Netherlands have also missed out on the semi-final stages twice, highlighting their ability to go deep into the tournament without reaching the finals.

The Netherlands’ best finish in the FIFA World Cup

While they have finished second on three occasions, South Africa 2010 marks their best overall campaign.

The Netherlands won all six games leading up to the final against Spain, scoring 12 times and conceding just five goals on their way to another unsuccessful final.

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Their 1974 campaign was also strong enough that they won five of seven games with one draw and one loss. The Dutch also finished the tournament with a goal difference of +12 after letting in just one goal before the final which ended 2-1 to West Germany.

In their past 10 World Cups, the Netherlands have never failed to get out of their group – a trend that has continued in Qatar 2022.

Finish it Obtained Years
Final 3 1974, 1978, 2010
Semi-finals 2 1998, 2014
Quarter finals 1 1994
Round of 16 4 1934, 1938, 1990, 2006
Group stage

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 field.

Before the 2022 World Cup, the Netherlands had lost just 12 of their 50 matches in the tournament – with three of those defeats coming in the final.

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Year Result Record
(WDL)
1930 He did not enter
1934 Round of 16 0-0-1
1938 Round of 16 0-0-1
1950 He did not enter
1954 He did not enter
1958 It is not qualified
1962 It is not qualified
1966 It is not qualified
1970 It is not qualified
1974 Runners-up 5-1-1
1978 Runners-up 3-2-2
1982 It is not qualified
1986 It is not qualified
1990 Round of 16 0-3-1
1994 Quarter finals 3-0-2
1998 Fourth place 3-3-1
2002 It is not qualified
2006 Round of 16 2-1-1
2010 Runners-up 6-0-1
2014 Third place 6-0-1
2018 It is not qualified
2022 quarter finals* 3-1-0

* Quarter-final match to be played.



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