Ever since its early beginnings in 1905 the Dutch National Team has embodied elegance and skill. Deemed the Royal Netherlands Football Association by Queen Wilhelmina its title emphasizes the prestige and royalty that comes with Dutch Football. Producing some of Soccer’s greatest talents to ever walk the earth, such as Dennis Bergkamp, Marco van Basten, and Johan Cruyff, The Dutch National Team is one of the most storied clubs in all of international soccer. The Dutch are arguably considered the best team to have never won a World Cup Final, finishing runner-up in three World Cups. Their greatest success came in 1988 when the Dutch captured the UEFA European Championship. Credited with developing the Total Football style of play, the Dutch have innovated and changed the game of soccer we know and love.
The 1970s were almost golden years for the Dutch National Team. Rinus Michels, the team manager, implemented the Total Football style of play. This strategy was that every player on the field could play any position and throughout the game players would swap positions while keeping their same formation. Johan Cruyff became the poster child for Total Football during the 1970s and gained the nickname "The Total Footballer" for his prominent play under the system. Together they lead the Dutch National Team to back to back World Cup finals in 1974 and again in 1978, but failed to win either. In 1974 the Final was hosted in Germany and featured the home country West Germany verses the Netherlands. The game was hard fought, but the Germans put a halt to the Dutch total football strategy and won 2-1. The 1978 World Cup Final for the Dutch again put them up against the host country, this time the opponent being Argentina. The match went back and forth and ended up going into extra time where Argentina gained control and won. Despite losing back to back finals in the 1970s the Dutch National Team had a memorable era that forged its name among the soccer powerhouses of the world.
Putting on this jacket brings you back to the 1970s era of Dutch soccer that is still remembered and cherished. Own your official Holland soccer apparel and take part in their legacy. We guarantee that your jacket will be packaged in a personalized gift box and handled with care as it is shipped directly for free to your doorstep from our warehouse in the southern United States.