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Reuters File Photo
For a Talented Dutch Team,
Expectations Always Great

Despite having an abundance of talent, the Netherlands national team has a number of questions leading to this summer's World Cup. Two prominent players have questioned whether the Netherlands has the determination to challenge for the title. At left, Belgian Vincenzo Scifo (No. 10) duels with Dutch's Dennis Bergkamp during a qualifier in September.




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World Cup Highlights

 Sixth time in World Cup finals (1930, '74, '78, '90, '94, '98)
 Reached the final game of the World Cup twice (1974 and '78)
 Reached quarterfinal in 1994 World Cup
 Won the European championship in 1988 (was third in 1976)


First-Round Schedule

Day, Time (EDT) Opponent Site TV
Saturday, June 13, 3 p.m. Belgium Saint-Denis ABC
Saturday, June 20, 3 p.m. South Korea Marseille ABC
Thursday, June 25, 10 a.m. Mexico Saint-Etienne ESPN

Complete First-Round Schedule


Tentative Roster

Pos. Name Age Club
GKEdwin van der Sar27 Ajax Amsterdam
GKEd De Goeij31Chelsea
GKRuud Hesp32 Barcelona
DFrank de Boer 27 Ajax Amsterdam
D Arthur Numan 28 PSV Eindhoven
D Michael Reiziger 24 Barcelona
DWinston Bogarde 27Barcelona
DJaap Stam 25 PSV Eindhoven
D Andre Ooijer 23PSV Eindhoven
MAron Winter 31 Inter Milan
M Wim Jonk 31 PSV Eindhoven
M Ronald de Boer 27 Ajax Amsterdam
M Clarence Seedorf 22 Real Madrid
M Philip Cocu 27 PSV Eindhoven
MGiovanni van Bronckhorst 23 Feyenoord
MEdgar Davids 25 Juventus
FDennis Bergkamp 28 Arsenal
FMarc Overmars 25 Arsenal
F Patrick Kluivert 21 AC Milan
FPierre van Hooijdonk28 Nottingham F
F Boudewijn Zenden 21 PSV Eindhoven
F Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink26Leeds United


Road to France

Won Lost Tied GF GA
611264
How Qualified: First place in UEFA Group 7
DateResult
Oct. 5, 1996Netherlands 3, Wales 1
Nov. 9, 1996Netherlands 7, Wales 1
March 29, 1997Netherlands 4, San Marino 0
April 2, 1997 Turkey 1, Netherlands 0
April 30, 1997 Netherlands 6, San Marino 0
Sept. 6, 1997Netherlands 3, Belgium 1
Oct. 11, 1997 Netherlands 0, Turkey 0

Facts and Figures

Knight-Ridder/Tribune
Location: Western Europe, bordering the North Sea, between Belgium and Germany
Population: 15.5 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Amsterdam; The Hague is the seat of government
Comparative area: Slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey
Religions: Roman Catholic 34 percent, Protestant 25 percent, Muslim 3 percent, other 2 percent, unaffiliated 36 percent (1991)
Landscape: Mostly coastal lowland and reclaimed land; some hills in southeast; often called Holland, though this name actually refers to only one part of the country; in English-speaking countries, the people of the Netherlands are known as the Dutch


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