Ireland-Netherlands matches 1924-2006


Introduction
Official Matches
Overviews

Introduction

Against the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands have a quite peculiar record. At home, Oranje more often lost than won, and in Dublin the overall record is balanced (though with a positive goal record for the Dutch thanks to the last win, 4-0 in a friendly). That the overall record is nevertheless clearly positive is due to the six matches played at neutral venues: 5 Dutch wins and 1 draw (which qualified both teams to the round of 16 at the 1990 World Cup). Fortunately for the Dutch, those neutral venues usually correspond to final tournaments (two Olympic Games, matches which are not official for Ireland, two World Cups, one European Championship, and one play-off match to qualify for Euro 1996).

Perhaps the two most memorable encounters were in the eighties. In 1983, on a very windy October evening at Dalymount Park, the Irish scored twice to take a 2-0 half-time lead. But in the second half, the Dutch enjoyed wind advantage and thanks to two goals by Gullit and one by Van Basten managed a 3-2 win to keep the Netherlands in with a chance to qualify for the 1984 European championship (eventually lost to Spain who scored nine second half goals on Malta in their final match). Four years later, both Ireland and the Netherlands had qualified for Euro 1988 and they met in the final group match, with Ireland just needing a draw to qualify for the semifinals. With 8 minutes left Ireland were hanging on to a goalless draw, when a rather desperate shot by Ronald Koeman was deflected and Kieft managed to get his head under it to fluke the only goal; Van Basten was offside but (correctly) judged not to be interfering with play (an obvious decision nowadays but highly contentious in 1988) and Oranje were on their way to their only ever international title to date.


Official Matches

All matches listed are friendlies unless otherwise stated.

Game Date        Venue         Result                      Remark

A 1.  2- 6-1924  Paris         Netherlands 2-1 Ireland Am. [aet] [Olympic Games]
  1.  8- 5-1932  Amsterdam     Netherlands 0-2 Ireland  
  2.  8- 4-1934  Amsterdam     Netherlands 5-2 Ireland     [World Cup Qualifier]
  3.  8-12-1935  Dublin        Ireland     3-5 Netherlands     
A 2. 26- 7-1948  Portsmouth    Netherlands 3-1 Ireland Am. [Olympic Games]
  4.  1- 5-1955  Dublin        Ireland     1-0 Netherlands   
  5. 10- 5-1956  Rotterdam     Netherlands 1-4 Ireland
  6. 10- 9-1980  Dublin        Ireland     2-1 Netherlands [World Cup Qualifier]
  7.  9- 9-1981  Rotterdam     Netherlands 2-2 Ireland     [World Cup Qualifier]
  8. 22- 9-1982  Rotterdam     Netherlands 2-1 Ireland     [European Champ. Qual.]
  9. 12-10-1983  Dublin        Ireland     2-3 Netherlands [European Champ. Qual.]
 10. 18- 6-1988  Gelsenkirchen Netherlands 1-0 Ireland     [European Championship]
 11. 21- 6-1990  Palermo       Ireland     1-1 Netherlands [World Cup]
 12. 20- 4-1994  Tilburg       Netherlands 0-1 Ireland 
 13.  4- 7-1994  Orlando       Netherlands 2-0 Ireland     [World Cup]
 14. 13-12-1995  Liverpool     Ireland     0-2 Netherlands [European Champ. Qual.]
 15.  4- 6-1996  Rotterdam     Netherlands 3-1 Ireland  
 16.  2- 9-2000  Amsterdam     Netherlands 2-2 Ireland     [World Cup Qualifier]
 17.  1- 9-2001  Dublin        Ireland     1-0 Netherlands [World Cup Qualifier]
 18.  5- 6-2004  Amsterdam     Netherlands 0-1 Ireland 
 19. 16- 8-2006  Dublin        Ireland     0-4 Netherlands     

Overviews


Total record:

Ireland              19  7  3  9  26- 34  17
Ireland Amateur       2  0  0  2   2-  5   0

Netherlands          21 11  3  7  39- 28  25

Some more stats:

                     Pd  I  D  N  IG- NG

In Ireland:           6  3  0  3   9- 13
In the Netherlands:   9  4  2  3  16- 15   
Elsewhere:            6  0  1  5   3- 11  [includes both Ireland Amateur matches]



Netherlands - List of International Matches


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Last updated: 24 Sep 2010

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