Ranking the Netherlands 10 Greatest World Cup Goals
Johan Cruyff, Dennis Bergkamp, Arjen Robben...The Netherlands have known some amazing attacking players, who have scored some amazing goals during various tournaments.
During the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, the likes of Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder will undoubtedly give it their all to add to their already impressive tally of memorable goals.
As this list will show, however, it's not going to be easy to get into the top 10...
10. Robin Van Persie in 2010
After victories against Denmark and Japan in the group stage of the World Cup in 2010, the match against Cameroon was just a formality.
Nonetheless, the Dutch were going for the win.
Early on in the match, Robin van Persie opened the scoring with an excellent goal from inside the box.
Leaving the group stage full of confidence, the Dutch went on to reach the tournament's final, which they lost to Spain.
9. Ronald De Boer in 1998
After a 0-0 draw against Belgium and a 5-0 demolition job against South Korea in the group stage of the World Cup in 1998, the Netherlands had to face Mexico in a match that would decide which team would finish as group-leaders.
The match, which ended in a 2-2 draw, saw versatile midfielder and attacker Ronald de Boer showcase his excellent control when he scored Oranje's second goal of the match.
The Dutch victory resulted in the Netherlands retaining first spot in their group, edging out Mexico on goal difference.
8. Johan Cruyff in 1974
Johan Cruyff scored some amazing goals in his career, but his goal against Brazil during the World Cup in 1974 was undoubtedly one of his best.
A product of the "Total Football" that constituted Dutch success in the 1970s, the goal displayed Cruyff's excellent control of the ball, as well as the Netherlands' ability to exploit space during the buildup.
In 1974, there just wasn't much to be done against Cruyff and the Dutch.
7. Wesley Sneijder in 2010
In the first half of the Netherlands' quarter-final match against Brazil in 2010, the Dutch were trailing 1-0 thanks to a goal scored by Robinho.
In the second half, the Dutch managed to equalise. Not long thereafter, a header scored by Wesley Sneijder put Oranje in the lead and on their way to victory.
The relatively small and technically skilled Sneijder might not score a lot of headers, but when he does, it's at exactly the right moment.
6. Robin Van Persie in 2006
In 2006, the Netherlands played against Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast in the group stage of the World Cup.
Early on in the match, Robin van Persie managed to give the Dutch the lead by scoring beautifully from a free-kick. Eventually, the Netherlands won the match 2-1.
In the round of 16, the Netherlands disappointingly lost 1-0 against Portugal. Van Persie's goal, however, was one to remember.
5. Edgar Davids in 1998
The Netherlands' round of 16 match against Yugoslavia during the World Cup in 1998 looked like it was going to end in a 1-1 draw. But then, Edgar Davids received the ball at the edge of the area.
After taking an extra touch to perfectly position the ball, Davids rammed it past Yugoslavian goalkeeper Ivica Kralj.
It was the winning goal, and the Netherlands went on to the quarter-final, where they faced Argentina.
4. Dennis Bergkamp in 1994
In the 64th minute of Netherlands' quarter-final match against Brazil in 1994, the Dutch were trailing 2-0. With the likes of Romario and Bebeto playing well for Brazil, it looked like it was all over for the Netherlands.
This is where Dennis Bergkamp came into play. As if everything was already mapped out in his mind, the Arsenal legend ran past Brazil's defence and carefully placed the ball in the net.
The score was now 2-1. The Netherlands were back in the game.
3. Patrick Kluivert in 1998
There's a lot to be said for a perfectly executed header. Take Patrick Kluivert's goal during Holland's semi-final against Brazil in the World Cup in 1998, for example. Not only did it come at exactly the right moment, it was immediately hailed as material to study for any striker at the far end of a cross.
Unfortunately for the Dutch, Kluivert's goal would not prevent them from losing the penalty shootout that followed two goalless periods of extra time.
2. Giovanni Van Bronckhorst Screamer in 2010
Normally, you'd expect the likes of Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie to display the magic. But in the Netherlands' semi-final match against Uruguay in 2010, it was left-back Giovanni van Bronckhorst who scored the most beautiful goal.
Seeing as Van Bronckhorst would retire from football after the tournament, the long range screamer seemed like the perfect way to say goodbye to the beautiful game.
1. Dennis Bergkamp in 1998
When it comes to the Netherlands' best goals of all times, without a doubt, Dennis Bergkamp's goal against Argentina in the World Cup of 1998's quarter-final is the most legendary.
After a pinpoint long ball from defender Frank de Boer, Dennis Bergkamp's unearthly technique, vision and audacity saw Holland through to the semi-final of the tournament. It was the winning goal in an exhilarating match.
"The moment itself was, I think, perfect," Bergkamp would later tell ITV4 in an interview.
It was, indeed, a perfect goal.
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