Netherlands - Record International Players in Competitive Matches

  • Appearances in Competitive Matches for Dutch National Team
  • Goalscoring in Competitive Matches for Dutch National Team

  • The lists below include all players with at least 30 competitive matches (World Cup, European Championships, Olympic Games, all including qualifying) for the Netherlands as well as all players who scored at least 10 competitive goals for the Netherlands.
    Last match included: Netherlands-Luxembourg,  9- 6-2017.
    

    Appearances in Competitive Matches for Dutch National Team

       Name                           CM    WM EM   WC Eu  WQ EQ   Fin Qual
    
     1.Edwin VAN DER SAR            K 80    43 37   11 16  32 21    27 53
     2.Wesley SNEIJDER                 78 *  40 38   17  8  23 30    25 53
     3.Frank DE BOER                  66    35 31   11  9  24 22    20 46
       Robin VAN PERSIE               66 *  38 28   17  7  21 21    24 42
     5.Rafael VAN DER VAART           62 *  30 32    8  9  22 23    17 45
     6.Giovanni VAN BRONCKHORST       61    36 25   10 11  26 14    21 40
       Dirk KUIJT                      61    39 22   15  6  24 16    21 40
     8.Arjen ROBBEN                   57 *  36 21   15  9  21 12    24 33
     9.Phillip COCU                   56    35 21   11 13  24  8    24 32
    10.Marc OVERMARS                  55    31 24   11  8  20 16    19 36
    11.Ruud KROL                      54    32 22   14  5  18 17    19 35
    12.Aron WINTER                    52    25 27   17  9   8 18    26 26
    13.Dennis BERGKAMP                51    26 25   12 12  14 13    24 27
    14.Ronald KOEMAN                  48    25 23    9  9  16 14    18 30
    15.Mark VAN BOMMEL                47    30 17   10  2  20 15    12 35
       Joris MATHIJSEN                 47    21 26    9  5  12 21    14 33
    17.Nigel DE JONG                  46 *  27 19   11  6  16 13    17 29
       Clarence SEEDORF               46    17 29    4 10  13 19    14 32
    19.Willy VAN DE KERKHOF           45    24 21    7  5  17 16    12 33
    20.Hans VAN BREUKELEN           K 44    19 25    4  9  15 16    13 31
       Ruud GULLIT                    44    15 29    4  9  11 20    13 31
       Frank RIJKAARD                  44    26 18    8  9  18  9    17 27
    23.Wim JANSEN                     43    24 19   14  2  10 17    16 27
       Patrick KLUIVERT               43    18 25    4  9  14 16    18 25
       Jan WOUTERS                    43    22 21    8  9  14 12    17 26
    26.Marco VAN BASTEN               42    18 24    4  9  14 15    13 29
       Ruud VAN NISTELROOIJ            42    18 24    3  8  15 16    11 31
       Wim SUURBIER                   42    25 17   11  2  14 15    13 29
    29.John HEITINGA                  41    20 21   10  8  10 13    18 23
       Klaas Jan HUNTELAAR            41 *  17 24    7  4  10 20    11 30
    31.Ronald DE BOER                 40    21 19    9  7  12 12    16 24
    32.Edgar DAVIDS                   38    15 23    6 12   9 11    18 20
       Michael REIZIGER               38    16 22    4 10  12 12    14 24
    34.Jaap STAM                      36    18 18    7  9  11  9    16 20
    35.Johan NEESKENS                 34    22 12   12  1  10 11    13 21
    36.Adri VAN TIGGELEN              33    13 20    4  9   9 11    13 20
    37.Johan CRUIJFF                   32    19 13    7  1  12 12     8 24
       René VAN DE KERKHOF            32    18 14    8  4  10 10    12 20
       Johnny REP                     32    24  8   14  3  10  5    17 15
       Piet SCHRIJVERS               K 32     9 23    3  5   6 18     8 24
       Maarten STEKELENBURG         K 32    18 14    7  4  11 10    11 21
    42.Willem VAN HANEGEM             31    20 11    7  1  13 10     8 21
       Wim JONK                       31    23  8   11  1  12  7    12 19
       Rob RENSENBRINK                31    21 10   13  2   8  8    15 16
    45.André OOIJER                    30 *  15 15    5  3  10 12     8 22
    
    Note: * indicates the player is still active, at least at club level
          K indicates goal keeper
    
    Abbreviations used:
    CM:    number of competitive matches played
    WM:    number of World Cup matches (qualifying and final tournaments) played
    EM:    number of European Championship matches (qualifying and final tournaments) played
    WC:    number of World Cup matches (final tournaments only) played
    Eu:    number of European Championship matches (final tournaments only) played
    WQ:    number of World Cup matches (qualifying tournaments only) played
    EQ:    number of European Championship matches (qualifying tournaments only) played
    Fin:   number of competitive matches (final tournaments only) played
    Qual:  number of competitive matches (qualifying tournaments only) played
    
    

    Goalscoring in Competitive Matches for Dutch National Team

       Name                      CG (CM)     WG (WM) EG (EM)     WCup    Euro    WQual   EQual     Fin     Qual
    
     1.Robin VAN PERSIE          35 (66) *   19 (38) 16 (28)    6 (17)  3 ( 7)  13 (21) 13 (21)   9 (24)  26 (42)
     2.Ruud VAN NISTELROOIJ       29 (42)     14 (18) 15 (24)    1 ( 3)  6 ( 8)  13 (15)  9 (16)   7 (11)  22 (31)
     3.Dennis BERGKAMP           27 (51)     18 (26)  9 (25)    6 (12)  5 (12)  12 (14)  4 (13)  11 (24)  16 (27)
     4.Johan CRUIJFF              25 (32)     13 (19) 12 (13)    3 ( 7)  0 ( 1)  10 (12) 12 (12)   3 ( 8)  22 (24)
     5.Klaas Jan HUNTELAAR       26 (41) *    7 (17) 19 (24)    2 ( 7)  1 ( 4)   5 (10) 18 (20)   3 (11)  23 (30)
     6.Patrick KLUIVERT          22 (43)      9 (18) 13 (25)    2 ( 4)  6 ( 9)   7 (14)  7 (16)   8 (13)  14 (30)
     7.Wesley SNEIJDER            21 (78) *   11 (40) 10 (38)    6 (17)  2 ( 8)   5 (23)  8 (30)   8 (25)  13 (53)
     8.Marco VAN BASTEN          18 (42)      2 (18) 16 (24)    0 ( 4)  5 ( 9)   2 (14) 11 (15)   5 (13)  13 (29)
     9.Arjen ROBBEN              18 (57) *   14 (36)  4 (21)    6 (15)  1 ( 9)   8 (21)  3 (12)   7 (24)  11 (33)
    10.Dirk KUIJT                 15 (61)      7 (39)  8 (22)    1 (15)  1 ( 6)   6 (24)  7 (16)   2 (21)  13 (40)
    11.Rafael VAN DER VAART      15 (62) *    9 (30)  6 (32)    0 ( 8)  1 ( 9)   9 (22)  5 (23)   1 (17)  14 (45)
    12.Ruud GULLIT               14 (44)      3 (15) 11 (29)    1 ( 4)  1 ( 9)   2 (11) 10 (20)   2 (13)  12 (31)
    13.Johan NEESKENS            12 (34)      9 (22)  3 (12)    5 (12)  0 ( 1)   4 (10)  3 (11)   5 (13)   7 (21)
    14.Pierre VAN HOOIJDONK       11 (26)     10 (19)  1 ( 7)    1 ( 3)  0 ( 2)   9 (16)  1 ( 5)   1 ( 5)  10 (21)
    15.Rob RENSENBRINK           11 (31)      6 (21)  5 (10)    6 (13)  0 ( 2)   0 ( 8)  5 ( 8)   6 (15)   5 (16)
    16.Johnny REP                11 (32)      9 (24)  2 ( 8)    7 (14)  1 ( 3)   2 (10)  1 ( 5)   8 (17)   3 (15)
    17.Ronald DE BOER            11 (40)      7 (21)  4 (19)    2 ( 9)  1 ( 7)   5 (12)  3 (12)   3 (16)   8 (24)
    18.Marc OVERMARS             11 (55)      4 (31)  7 (24)    1 (11)  2 ( 8)   3 (20)  5 (16)   3 (19)   8 (36)
    19.John BOSMAN               10 (15)      6 ( 7)  4 ( 8)    0 ( 0)  0 ( 2)   6 ( 7)  4 ( 6)   0 ( 2)  10 (13)
       Ruud GEELS                10 (15)      4 ( 6)  6 ( 9)    0 ( 0)  2 ( 2)   4 ( 6)  4 ( 7)   2 ( 2)   8 (13)
    
    Note: * indicates the player is still active, at least at club level
    
    Abbreviations used:
    CG:    number of goals scored in competitive matches
    CM:    number of competitive matches played
    WG:    number of goals scored in World Cup matches (qualifying and final tournaments)
    WM:    number of World Cup matches (qualifying and final tournaments) played
    EG:    number of goals scored in European Championship matches (qualifying and final tournaments)
    EM:    number of European Championship matches (qualifying and final tournaments) played
    WCup:  goals scored/matches played (World Cup final tournaments only)
    Euro:  goals scored/matches played (European Championship final tournaments only)
    WQual: goals scored/matches played (World Cup qualifying tournaments only)
    EQual: goals scored/matches played (European Championship qualifying tournaments only)
    Fin:   goals scored/matches played (final tournaments only)
    Qual:  goals scored/matches played (qualifying tournaments only)
    
    Remarks: considering all players with at least 10 competitive goals for Oranje, by far
             the best rate of goals scored per (competitive) match is held by Johan Cruijff,
             with 78%, including a very impressive 92% in qualifying matches and a rather 
             less spectacular 38% in final tournaments;
             he is followed by Ruud van Nistelrooij with 69%, fairly evenly distributed over
             World Cups and European Championships, qualifying matches and final tournaments
             (it remains a shame he was not fielded against Portugal at the 2006 World Cup);
             Klaas Jan Huntelaar, John Bosman and Ruud Geels all scored in roughly two out of
             three competitive matches;
             Robin van Persie, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Kluivert all boast rates of (just)
             over 50% (Kluivert, who was born on the same day as "Van the Man", played one more
             competitive match for Oranje but managed only three quarters of his goal tally);
             Marco van Basten has the poorest record among reputed Dutch goalgetters with a
             mere 43%, including a catastrophical 11% in World Cup matches (a tournament at
             which his coaching left much to be desired as well); Van Basten played as many 
             competitive matches for the Netherlands as Van Nistelrooij but scored fewer than
             two thirds of his amount of goals.
    
    

    Record International Players - Netherlands


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