Germany-Netherlands matches 1910-2012


Introduction
Official Matches
Overviews

Introduction

The list here includes all matches the Netherlands played against German teams: pre-war Germany, West Germany (FR Germany here, considered the successor of Germany as the football association (DFB) remained the same), East Germany (German DR here) and the unified Germany (officially after the 1990 World Cup).

Matches between the national sides of the Netherlands and (West) Germany have never lacked in intensity (as indeed club matches, or matches in other sports, most notably (grass) hockey), but only got an additional bitter edge (mostly on the Dutch side) after the 1974 World Cup final. Before, rivalry with Belgium, almost fallen into oblivion nowadays, was much stronger.
The Netherlands played both their first ever draw (5-5 in 1912, still the highest scoring draw the Netherlands ever played, equalled in 1999 against Belgium) and their first ever goalless draw (in 1923) against Germany.
The Netherlands had the better of the early exchanges, and it took Germany 7 matches before chalking up their first win. The Netherlands kept the head-to-head advantage for nearly half a century, including a surprise 2-1 win away against the ruling world champions in 1956. A 7-0 trashing in 1959 got Germany level on wins (but ahead in the goal count), and they have kept their advantage in the head-to-head statistics ever since.

But of course, among all the 40 matches between (West) Germany and the Netherlands, one takes precedence over all others - the 1974 World Cup final in which the Netherlands took a first minute lead without a German player touching the ball, and then fell to hybris (and a pretty decent West German team). In spite of the partial revenge in the 1988 European championship semifinal (whose second half mirrored the first half of the 1974 final in a number of uncanny ways), Dutch football is still suffering from that trauma.

The 9 matches the Netherlands played against East Germany are also listed below. Some of these were quite spectacular, in particular two matches in Leipzig: the 4-3 win by the hosts (after the Netherlands had taken a 0-2 lead within 15 minutes) in 1967, with a hattrick by Henning Frenzel after a barrage of corners on the Dutch goal, and the 3-2 win by the visitors (after East Germany took a 2-0 lead after just over half an hour) in 1979, a result which clinched Dutch qualification to the 1980 European championship. There should have been a tenth match, but the return leg of the World Cup 1962 qualifiers, scheduled for October 1st, 1961, was never played: the Dutch authorities refused visa to the East German delegation, and as Hungary had already won the 3-team group by a mile, the match was cancelled. Dutch sports rivalry with East Germany concentrated on (women's) swimming and (women's) speed skating, but apart from Yvonne van Gennip in Calgary 1988 the Dutch athletes tended to be zweite Sieger in these contests, for reasons already well-known at the time. At least in football the overall record was clearly to Dutch advantage.


Official Matches

All matches listed are friendlies unless otherwise stated.

Game Date        Venue         Result                      Remark

  1. 24- 4-1910  Arnhem        Netherlands 4-2 Germany
  2. 16-10-1910  Kleve         Germany     1-2 Netherlands
  3. 24- 3-1912  Zwolle        Netherlands 5-5 Germany
  4. 17-11-1912  Leipzig       Germany     2-3 Netherlands
  5.  5- 4-1914  Amsterdam     Netherlands 4-4 Germany
  6. 10- 5-1923  Hamburg       Germany     0-0 Netherlands
  7. 21- 4-1924  Amsterdam     Netherlands 0-1 Germany
  8. 29- 3-1925  Amsterdam     Netherlands 2-1 Germany
  9. 18- 4-1926  Düsseldorf    Germany     4-2 Netherlands
 10. 31-10-1926  Amsterdam     Netherlands 2-3 Germany
 11. 20-11-1927  Köln          Germany     2-2 Netherlands
 12. 26- 4-1931  Amsterdam     Netherlands 1-1 Germany
 13.  4-12-1932  Düsseldorf    Germany     0-2 Netherlands
 14. 17- 2-1935  Amsterdam     Netherlands 2-3 Germany
 15. 31- 1-1937  Düsseldorf    Germany     2-2 Netherlands
 16. 14- 3-1956  Düsseldorf    FR Germany  1-2 Netherlands
 17.  3- 4-1957  Amsterdam     Netherlands 1-2 FR Germany
 18. 21-10-1959  Köln          FR Germany  7-0 Netherlands
E 1. 14- 5-1961  Leipzig       German DR   1-1 Netherlands [World Cup Qualifier]
E -.  1-10-1961                Netherlands n/p German DR   [World Cup Qualifier]
 19. 23- 3-1966  Rotterdam     Netherlands 2-4 FR Germany
E 2.  5- 4-1967  Leipzig       German DR   4-3 Netherlands [European Champ Qual.]
E 3. 13- 9-1967  Amsterdam     Netherlands 1-0 German DR   [European Champ Qual.]
E 4. 11-11-1970  Dresden       German DR   1-0 Netherlands [European Champ Qual.]
E 5. 10-10-1971  Rotterdam     Netherlands 3-2 German DR   [European Champ Qual.]
E 6. 30- 6-1974  Gelsenkirchen Netherlands 2-0 German DR   [World Cup]
 20.  7- 7-1974  München       FR Germany  2-1 Netherlands [World Cup] 
 21.  7- 5-1975  Frankfurt     FR Germany  1-1 Netherlands
 22. 18- 6-1978  Córdoba       Netherlands 2-2 FR Germany  [World Cup]
E 7. 15-11-1978  Rotterdam     Netherlands 3-0 German DR   [European Champ Qual.]
 23. 20-12-1978  Düsseldorf    FR Germany  3-1 Netherlands
E 8. 21-11-1979  Leipzig       German DR   2-3 Netherlands [European Champ Qual.]
 24. 14- 6-1980  Napoli        FR Germany  3-2 Netherlands [European Champ]
 25. 11-10-1980  Eindhoven     Netherlands 1-1 FR Germany
E 9. 12- 3-1986  Leipzig       German DR   0-1 Netherlands
 26. 14- 5-1986  Dortmund      FR Germany  3-1 Netherlands
 27. 21- 6-1988  Hamburg       FR Germany  1-2 Netherlands [European Champ]
 28. 19-10-1988  München       FR Germany  0-0 Netherlands [World Cup Qualifier]
 29. 26- 4-1989  Rotterdam     Netherlands 1-1 FR Germany  [World Cup Qualifier]
 30. 24- 6-1990  Milano        FR Germany  2-1 Netherlands [World Cup]
 31. 18- 6-1992  Göteborg      Netherlands 3-1 Germany     [European Champ]
 32. 24- 4-1996  Rotterdam     Netherlands 0-1 Germany
 33. 18-11-1998  Gelsenkirchen Germany     1-1 Netherlands
 34. 23- 2-2000  Amsterdam     Netherlands 2-1 Germany
 35. 20- 9-2002  Gelsenkirchen Germany     1-3 Netherlands
 36. 15- 6-2004  Oporto        Netherlands 1-1 Germany     [European Champ]
 37. 17- 8-2005  Rotterdam     Netherlands 2-2 Germany
 38. 15-11-2011  Hamburg       Germany     3-0 Netherlands
 39. 13- 6-2012  Kharkiv       Germany     2-1 Netherlands [European Champ]
 40. 14-11-2012  Amsterdam     Netherlands 0-0 Germany


Overviews


Total record:

Germany/FRG          40 15 15 10  77- 64  45
Netherlands          40 10 15 15  64- 77  35

German DR             9  2  1  6  10- 17   5
Netherlands           9  6  1  2  17- 10  13

Some more stats:

Germany/FRG          Pd  G  D  N  GG- NG

In Germany:          18  6  6  6  34- 25
In the Netherlands:  16  6  7  3  32- 29     
Elsewhere:            6  3  2  1  11- 10


German DR            Pd  G  D  N  GG- NG

In German DR:         5  2  1  2   8-  8
In the Netherlands:   3  0  0  3   2-  7
Elsewhere:            1  0  0  1   0-  2



Netherlands - List of International Matches


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