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The Dutch National Team in the FIFA World Cup 2014

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»Official Information: Royal Dutch Football Association - Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond.

Netherlands in the World Cup 2014

The poor performance of the Netherlands in the Euro Cup 2012 (see further below) didn't affect anything with regards to the presence of the team in the World Cup Brazil, in 2014. The Dutch will have to dispute the Qualifying, which starts in 2013.

Netherlands in the Euro Cup 2012

The squad: Maarten Stekelenburg, Gregory van der Wiel, John Heitinga, Joris Mathijsen, Jetro Willems, Mark van Bommel, Nigel de Jong, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Robin van Persie.
Coach: Bert VAN MARWIJK.
The team maintained the basis of the World Cup 2010, including the coach.

The team, however, fared much worse than in 2010: Netherlands lost all three matches of the stage group, to Germany, Portugal and Denmark.

Netherlands in the World Cup 2010

The Dutch had won all ten matches of the Qualifying, and, right before the start of the tournament, was one of the favourites to win the World Cup 2010.
Netherlands started in Group E, along with Denmark, Japan and Cameroon.
Netherlands won the three matches, and finished first of the Group.
In the following round, Netherlands beat Slovakia by 2 x 1.
In the quarter-final, Netherlands won Brazil by 2 x 1.
In the semi-final, Netherlands beat Uruguay by 3 x 2.
In the final match, Netherlands lost to Spain by 1 x 0.
Netherlands finished as vice-champion for the third time (the other two vice-championships were in 1974 and 1978).

»The Holland Players in the World Cup 2010:
Main Players: Maarten STEKELENBURG; Gregory VAN DER WIEL; John HEITINGA; Joris MATHIJSEN; Giovanni VAN BRONCKHORST; Mark VAN BOMMEL; Dirk KUYT; Nigel DE JONG; Robin VAN PERSIE; Wesley SNEIJDER; Arjen ROBBEN.
Substitutes: Khalid BOULAHROUZ; Andre OOIJER; Demy DE ZEEUW; Edson BRAAFHEID; Michel VORM; Eljero ELIA; Stijn SCHAARS; Ryan BABEL; Ibrahim AFELLAY; Klaas Jan HUNTELAAR; Sander BOSCHKER; Rafael VAN DER VAART.
Coach: Bert VAN MARWIJK.


The Dutch and the Brazilians

The Dutch had strong influence in some cities of Brazil.
Brazil was settled by the Portuguese, who had good relations with the Dutch (most ultramarine ventures of the Portuguese navigators were financed by the Dutch bankers). From 1580 to 1640, Portugal merged with Spain, which had hostile relations with The Netherlands.
To recover their investments in Brazil, the Dutch ordered their Trading Company (actually, more like an Army), the Dutch West India Company, to take over cities in the Brazilian coast and start plantations of sugar cane.

Salvador was taken briefly, in 1625.
Recife, however, was taken from 1630 to 1654. All the current urbanization of Recife was conceived by the Dutch (the Portuguese only paid attention to the hills of Olinda). The first synagogue in the Americas was built in Recife by permission of the Dutch. A few (not many) Historic Dutch buildings are still standing - the best example is probably Fort Orange, in Itamaraca, of which even the name relates to the Dutch.
From Recife, the Dutch spread powers to North and South. Natal was occupied until 1654. Fortaleza was built by the Dutch.
In and around these cities, there are battle places where the Dutch left their blood.

In recent years, relationships between Brazil and Holland have been peaceful.
In 1948, Dutch immigrants, invited by the Brazilian Government, founded the city of Holambra, in the State of Sao Paulo.
Several Dutch corporations have offices in Brazil (Shell, Unilever, ABN Amro, etc), most of which in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.