Netherlands, or Holland as they are traditionally still called in the UK and their fans' own anthem Hup Holland Hup, will return for the Fifa World Cup 2022 finals after failing to qualify for Russia in 2018.
They finished top of Uefa qualifying group G, winning seven of their 10 matches, including a 6-1 demolition of second-placed Turkey at the Johan Cruyff Arena in September 2021.
Led by Louis van Gaal, in his third spell as the national team’s head coach having taken them to third place in 2014, they will undoubtedly be outsiders to secure their first ever World Cup title after a slightly chaotic last few years.
The Netherlands beat Poland 2-0 in the Nations League in the first of two final games ahead of the World Cup and Will face Belgium in their last outing before heading to Qatar in November.
Netherlands World Cup 2022 squad
World Cup squads are usually announced around six weeks before the World Cup starts. This year the World Cup will run from Nov 21-Dec 18.
Who are likely to be their key players?
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk continues to marshal the defence as team captain. The 31-year-old’s pace, power and aerial dominance make him one of the most formidable centre-backs in the world and the same goes for his partner, 21-year-old Matthijs de Ligt of Bayern Munich who left Serie A's Juventus for £70m in August..
The Barcelona pair of Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay had both being linked with moves away from Camp Nou all summer long but ended up staying and will be two key figures. De Jong’s passing, dribbling and versatility make him a vital asset while Depay, reunited with Van Gaal after an unhappy spell at Old Trafford together, is indisputably their greatest goalscoring threat.
Who, where and when do Netherlands play?
Netherlands are in Group A, along with hosts Qatar, and will open the tournament when they take on Senegal.
Group Stage fixtures
Senegal vs Netherlands, Monday Nov 21, 10am GMT (1pm local time), Al Thumama Stadium
Netherlands vs Ecuador, Friday Nov 25, 4pm GMT (7pm local time), Khalifa International Stadium
Netherlands vs Qatar, Tuesday Nov 29, 3pm GMT (6pm local time), Al Bayt Stadium
What is Netherlands’ World Cup record?
Rivalled only by Croatia for punching well above the weight of their size, Netherlands are a contender for the best national side never to have won a World Cup.
Three times they have finished runners-up, twice during the 1970s (1974 and 1978) during the Rinus Michels/Johan Cruyff-inspired ‘Total Football’ era, and again in 2010 when they lost 1-0 to Spain in one of the filthiest football matches of modern times.
Despite missing out on the 2018 tournament, their recent record is impressive: Van Gaal took them to third place in 2014 before decamping to Manchester United.
A relatively routine run through qualifying will have also bolstered their confidence and with a group that should be fairly easy to negotiate, the Oranje are definitely a team to look out for in Qatar.
What are the latest odds?
Netherlands are currently a best price of 12/1 to win the World Cup.
Other leading contenders...
Information correct as of Sept 13