Longest Careers and Cap Interruptions Oranje Players


Record International Players - Netherlands
Oranje Players with a Decade of Caps
Oranje Players with a Five-Year Cap Gap

Oranje Players with a Decade of Caps

The longest Oranje career is that of Abe Lenstra, whose 47th and final cap came nearly two decades (19 years and as many days) after his first. There are five players with more than a decade and a half of winning caps, and ten who won caps for a period of over 14 years, including all three elements of the gouden binnentrio. Twenty-three players had an Oranje career spanning at least 13 years. At the moment, 73 players can boast of a career in Oranje lasting over a decade.


   Name                               Length      Caps     First       Last 

 1.Abe LENSTRA                      19 yr  19 d    47    31- 3-1940  19- 4-1959
 2.Bertus DE HARDER 	            16 yr 363 d    12    21- 5-1938  19- 5-1955 
 3.Matthijs "Mick" CLAVAN            16 yr 245 d    27    26- 5-1948  26- 1-1965
 4.Jan JONGBLOED                    15 yr 272 d K  24    26- 9-1962  25- 6-1978 
 5.Faas WILKES                      15 yr  65 d    38    10- 3-1946  14- 5-1961
 6.Bas PAAUWE                       14 yr 203 d    31     8- 5-1932  27-11-1946
 7.Wesley SNEIJDER                   14 yr 198 d   133 *  30- 4-2003  14-11-2017
 8.Wout BUITENWEG                   14 yr 197 d    11    15-11-1913  30- 5-1928
 9.Arjen ROBBEN                     14 yr 163 d    96 *  30- 4-2003  10-10-2017
10.Kees RIJVERS                      14 yr 115 d    33    10- 3-1946   3- 7-1960
11.Giovanni VAN BRONCKHORST         13 yr 314 d   106    31- 8-1996  11- 7-2010
12.Pim DOESBURG                     13 yr 312 d K   8    16- 4-1967  22- 2-1981
13.Frank DE BOER                    13 yr 274 d   112    26- 9-1990  26- 6-2004 
14.Piet KRAAK                       13 yr 239 d K  33    10- 3-1946   4-11-1959
15.Coen MOULIJN                      13 yr 197 d    38     8- 4-1956  22-10-1969 
16.Puck VAN HEEL                    13 yr 187 d    64    19- 4-1925  23-10-1938
17.Edwin VAN DER SAR                13 yr 130 d K 130     7- 6-1995  15-10-2008
18.Ruud KROL                        13 yr 103 d    83     5-11-1969  16- 2-1983 
   Clarence SEEDORF                 13 yr 103 d    87    14-12-1994  26- 3-2008 
20.Henk PELLIKAAN                   13 yr  96 d    13     4-12-1932  10- 3-1946
   Aron WINTER                      13 yr  96 d    84    25- 3-1987  29- 6-2000 
22.D KESSLER                       13 yr  47 d    21    21- 3-1909   7- 5-1922
23.Ryan BABEL                       13 yr   0 d    48 *  26- 3-2005  26- 3-2018
24.Wim ANDERIESEN                   12 yr 328 d    46    13- 6-1926   7- 5-1939
25.Frank RIJKAARD                    12 yr 311 d    73     1- 9-1981   9- 7-1994
26.Ruud GULLIT                      12 yr 268 d    66	  1- 9-1981  27- 5-1994 
27.Kick SMIT                        12 yr 261 d    29    11- 3-1934  27-11-1946
28.Cas RUFFELSE                     12 yr 147 d     8    21-12-1907  16- 5-1920
29.Ruud VAN NISTELROOIJ              12 yr 131 d    70    18-11-1998  29- 3-2011
30.Wim JANSEN                       12 yr 111 d    65     4-10-1967  23- 1-1980
31.Piet SCHRIJVERS                   12 yr 104 d K  46     1-12-1971  14- 3-1984
32.Robin VAN PERSIE                 12 yr  88 d   102 *   4- 6-2005  31- 8-2017
33.Maarten STEKELENBURG             12 yr  71 d    58 *   3- 9-2004  13-11-2016
34.Sjaak SWART                      12 yr  65 d    31    26- 6-1960  30- 8-1972  
35.Rafael VAN DER VAART             12 yr  44 d   109 *   6-10-2001  19-11-2013  
36.Wim KIEFT                        12 yr  21 d    43     1- 9-1981  22- 9-1993
37.Rinus BENNAARS                   11 yr 339 d    15    25-11-1951  30-10-1963
38.Piet KEIZER                      11 yr 287 d    34     5- 9-1962  19- 6-1974 
39.Wilfred BOUMA                    11 yr 271 d    37     2- 9-2000  30- 5-2012
40.Hans VAN BREUKELEN               11 yr 255 d K  73    11-10-1980  22- 6-1992
41.Mark VAN BOMMEL                  11 yr 250 d    79     7-10-2000  13- 6-2012
42.Jan WOUTERS                      11 yr 241 d    70 	 10-11-1982   9- 7-1994 
43.Wim SUURBIER                     11 yr 231 d    60     6-11-1966  25- 6-1978 
44.Willy VAN DER KUIJLEN             11 yr 203 d    22    23- 3-1966  12-10-1977 
45.Edgar DAVIDS                     11 yr 177 d    74    20- 4-1994  12-10-2005
46.Willy VAN DE KERKHOF             11 yr 133 d    63     5- 6-1974  16-10-1985
47.Marc OVERMARS                    11 yr 127 d    86    24- 2-1993  30- 6-2004 
48.Willem VAN HANEGEM               11 yr 119 d    52    30- 5-1968  26- 9-1979
49.Ronald KOEMAN                    11 yr  73 d    78    27- 4-1983   9- 7-1994
50.Johan CRUIJFF                     11 yr  49 d    48     7- 9-1966  26-10-1977 
51.Arie DE VROET                    11 yr  49 d    22    23-10-1938  11-12-1949 
52.John BOSMAN                      11 yr  36 d    30    29- 4-1986   4- 6-1997 
53.Andr OOIJER                      11 yr  27 d    55     5- 6-1999   2- 7-2010
54.Johan NEESKENS                   11 yr   7 d    49    11-11-1970  18-11-1981 
55.Frans DE MUNCK                   11 yr   1 d K  31    23- 4-1949  24- 4-1960
56.Nigel DE JONG                    10 yr 362 d    81 *  31- 3-2004  28- 3-2015
57.Harry DNIS                      10 yr 343 d    56     9- 6-1919  18- 5-1930  
58.Rob RENSENBRINK                  10 yr 337 d    46    30- 5-1968   2- 5-1979
59.Leo BOSSCHART                    10 yr 269 d    19    11-12-1909   5- 9-1920
60.Joop HIELE                       10 yr 268 d K   7    10- 9-1980   5- 6-1991
61.Erwin KOEMAN                     10 yr 267 d    31    27- 4-1983  19- 1-1994  
62.Richard WITSCHGE                 10 yr 194 d    31    21- 2-1990   2- 9-2000
63.Piet VAN DER KUIL                10 yr 191 d    40     6- 4-1952  14-10-1962
64.Jan KLAASSENS                    10 yr 188 d    57     7- 3-1953  11- 9-1963
65.Eddy PIETERS GRAAFLAND           10 yr 187 d K  47    28- 4-1957   1-11-1967
66.Gerald VANENBURG                 10 yr 183 d    42    14- 4-1982  14-10-1992
67.Stijn SCHAARS                     10 yr  85 d    24 *  16- 8-2006   9-11-2016
68.Arnold MHREN                    10 yr  81 d    23     5- 4-1978  25- 6-1988
69.Phillip COCU                     10 yr  62 d   101    24- 4-1996  25- 6-2006
70.Danny BLIND                      10 yr  54 d    42    29- 4-1986  22- 6-1996
71.Gejus VAN DER MEULEN             10 yr  30 d K  54    27- 4-1924  27- 5-1934
72.Ronald DE BOER                   10 yr   9 d    67    24- 3-1993   2- 4-2003
73.Dirk KUIJT                        10 yr   1 d   104     3- 9-2004   4- 9-2014

Note: * indicates the player is still active, at least at club level.
      K indicates goal keeper

Oranje Players with a Five-Year Cap Gap

The longest interval between two caps is the nearly 15 years (14 years and 326 days) that Bertus de Harder had to wait for his tenth cap. In his case this was due to a combination of two interruptions: one due to World War II, and the other due to his professional career in France, where he became known as Le Divin Chauve ("The Divine Bald", or De Goddelijke Kale as his Dutch biography is called).

The next two players of the list are two keepers who suffered from the fact that their generation saw some of the greatest goal minders in Dutch history, first and foremost Jan van Beveren. Rinus Bennaars, fourth on the list, obtained his first ten caps while playing at second level club DOSKO (in those amateur days with 4 first class groups, that meant there were 56 Dutch clubs playing at a higher league level!). After professionalism was finally introduced in the 1954/55 season (which led to the return of many players to the national team who had spent a number of years abroad) he had to wait over 8 years for his 11th cap.

A peculiar case is that of Wout Buitenweg, who had two gaps of over 5 years: between his 4th and 5th caps due to the first World War, and between his 6th and 7th caps because of conflicts with the officialdom surrounding the Dutch team. After a number of other centre forwards were tried, Boelie Kessler, Ber Groosjohan, Jan van Gendt, Jaap Bulder and Kees Pijl among others, with none able to establish himself for more than a handful of matches, Buitenweg returned. He scored in nine of the eleven matches he played for the national team, only failing to find the net in his first and his last match.

Most of the longer cap gaps below are due to either one of the two World Wars or the ban on professional players until 1954 (conversely, Bennaars and Kraak (and many others who never returned to the team) lost their places in the first team after those professionals became eligible); this is noted before the length of the gap wherever applicable.

In total, there have been 40 players who had to wait for over 5 years before obtaining another cap (Buitenweg, as mentioned above, had to do so twice); for three of them (Schouten, Stijger and Steenbergen) this involved the only two matches they ever played for Oranje.


    Name                      Notes  Length Gap   Last Cap Before  First Cap After

 1.Bertus DE HARDER            w2+p 14 yr 326 d     9: 21- 4-1940  10: 13- 3-1955
 2.Pim DOESBURG                     12 yr  12 d K   2: 10- 5-1967   3: 22- 5-1979
 3.Jan JONGBLOED                    11 yr 242 d K   1: 26- 9-1962   2: 26- 5-1974
 4.Rinus BENNAARS                a   8 yr 316 d    10: 19- 5-1954  11: 31- 3-1963
 5.Gerard KUPPEN                 w2  8 yr 165 d     1: 28-11-1937   2: 12- 5-1946
 6.Henk PELLIKAAN                w2  8 yr 130 d    12: 31-10-1937  13: 10- 3-1946
 7.Cas RUFFELSE                  w1  8 yr  53 d     4: 17- 4-1911   5:  9- 6-1919
 8.Koos VAN GELDER                   8 yr   4 d     1: 31-10-1926   2:  4-11-1934
 9.Bram APPEL                    p   7 yr  77 d     1: 31- 7-1948   2: 16-10-1955
10.Piet KRAAK                    a   7 yr  16 d K  32: 19-10-1952  33:  4-11-1959
11.Wim VOLKERS                   L   6 yr 364 d     4: 19- 4-1925   5: 17- 4-1932
12.Kees RIJVERS                   p   6 yr 331 d    19: 15-10-1950  20: 11- 9-1957
13.Ok FORMENOY                       6 yr 293 d     3:  9- 6-1924   4: 29- 3-1931
14.Henk SCHOUTEN              2      6 yr 195 d     1:  1- 5-1955   2: 12-11-1961
15.Kick SMIT                     w2  6 yr  56 d    27: 17- 3-1940  28: 12- 5-1946
16.Guus DRGER                   w2  6 yr  42 d     6: 31- 3-1940   7: 12- 5-1946
17.Bas PAAUWE                    w2  6 yr  21 d    28: 21- 4-1940  29: 12- 5-1946
   Arie DE VROET                 w2  6 yr  21 d     3: 21- 4-1940   4: 12- 5-1946
19.Otto BONSEMA                      6 yr  14 d     5:  9- 4-1933   6: 23- 4-1939
20.Ko STIJGER                  2  w2  5 yr 358 d     1: 17- 3-1940   2: 10- 3-1946
21.Ko BERGMAN                    w2  5 yr 344 d     3: 31- 3-1940   4: 10- 3-1946
22.Leo HALLE                         5 yr 337 d K   1:  2-12-1928   2:  4-11-1934
23.Wim HOFKENS                       5 yr 329 d     1: 27- 4-1983   2: 22- 3-1989
24.Ryan BABEL                        5 yr 326 d    42: 15-11-2011  43:  7-10-2017
25.Piet VAN DER WOLK             w1  5 yr 282 d     4: 15-11-1913   5: 24- 8-1919
26.Frans DE MUNCK                p   5 yr 274 d K   2: 12- 6-1949   3: 13- 3-1955
27.Abe LENSTRA                   w2  5 yr 323 d     2: 21- 4-1940   3: 10- 3-1946
   Cor WILDERS                   w2  5 yr 323 d     7: 21- 4-1940   8: 10- 3-1946 
29.Faas WILKES                   p   5 yr 270 d    18: 16- 6-1949  19: 13- 3-1955
30.Wout BUITENWEG (2)                5 yr 231 d     6: 31- 8-1919   7: 19- 4-1925
31.Matthijs "Mick" CLAVAN             5 yr 222 d    24:  3- 4-1957  25: 11-11-1962
32.Joop HIELE                        5 yr 183 d K   1: 10- 9-1980   2: 12- 3-1986
33.Wout BUITENWEG (1)            w1  5 yr  99 d     4: 17- 5-1914   5: 24- 8-1919
34.John DE WOLF                      5 yr  98 d     1: 16-12-1987   2: 24- 3-1993
35.Rinus SCHAAP                  p   5 yr  92 d     5: 11-12-1949   6: 13- 3-1955
36.Henk VERMETTEN                    5 yr  50 d     4: 29- 3-1925   5: 18- 5-1930
37.Leo BOSSCHART                 w1  5 yr  44 d    13: 26- 4-1914  14:  9- 6-1919
   Just GBEL                    w1  5 yr  44 d K  19: 26- 4-1914  20:  9- 6-1919
39.D KESSLER                    w1  5 yr  23 d    11: 17- 5-1914  12:  9- 6-1919
40.Piet STEENBERGEN           2  p   5 yr  15 d     1: 16- 4-1950   2:  1- 5-1955
41.Toon BRUSSELERS                   5 yr  12 d     3: 20- 3-1957   4:  1- 4-1962

Notes:

2  - player only obtained those two caps

p  - interruption due to professional career abroad
a  - interruption due to end on ban professional players
w1 - interruption due to first World War
w2 - interruption due to second World War
L  - interruption due to conflict with Karel Lotsy on training intensity

K  - keeper

Record International Players - Netherlands


About this document

Information up to date at March 31, 2018, when exactly 768 players had won at least one official cap for the Netherlands

Sources: [VI 99], [VeV 09]

Prepared and maintained by Karel Stokkermans for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation

Author: Karel Stokkermans (karel@rsssf.com)
Last updated: 29 Mar 2018

(C) Copyright Karel Stokkermans and RSSSF 2010/18
You are free to copy this document in whole or part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the author. All rights reserved.