Netherlands squad list for World Cup 2022, schedule and latest odds
Barcelona duo Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay have both been linked with moves away from Camp Nou all summer but whichever club they represent at the World Cup they will undoubtedly be two key figures . De Jong’s passing, dribbling and versatility make him a vital asset while Depay, reunited with Van Gaal after an unfortunate spell at Old Trafford together, is unquestionably their biggest goalscoring threat.
Who, where and when does the Netherlands play?
The Netherlands are in Group A, along with hosts Qatar, and will open the tournament when they face Senegal.
Group stage schedule
Senegal vs Netherlands, Monday November 21, 10 a.m. GMT (1 p.m. local time), Al Thumama Stadium
Netherlands vs Ecuador, Friday 25 November, 4pm GMT (7pm local time), Khalifa International Stadium
Netherlands vs Qatar, Tuesday 29 November, 3pm GMT (6pm local time), Al Bayt Stadium
What is the Netherlands record in the World Cup?
Rivaled only by Croatia for punching well above the weight of their height, the Netherlands are in contention for the best national team to never win a World Cup.
Three times they have finished runners-up, twice in the 1970s (1974 and 1978) during the Rinus Michels/Johan Cruyff-inspired ‘total football’ era, and again in 2010 when they lost 1-0 to Spain in one of the dirtiest matches. football matches in modern times.
Although they missed the 2018 tournament, their recent record is impressive as Van Gaal led them to third place in 2014.
A relatively routine race in qualifying will also have boosted their confidence and with a group that should be quite easy to negotiate, the Orange are definitely a team to watch in Qatar.
What are the latest odds?
Netherlands are currently a better price of 12/1 to win the world cup.
Other top contenders…
- Brazil 9/2
- France 6/1
- England 7/1
- Argentina 8/1
- Spain 8/1
- Germany 10/1
Information correct as of July 20