The Netherlands of the 70s marked a before and after, it was a revolutionary team due to its way of playing on the pitch, so much so that it dazzled both Europe and America, reaching two World Cup finals without being able to win any.
Rinus Michels shone on the Ajax bench and took the reins of the Dutch team until taking it to two world finals without being able to win any, the first falling with the German team in 1974 and the second also visiting the host’s house in Argentina 1978.
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Possession marked the game of the Dutch and it is that they did not despair to attack, as it was then, but they circulated the ball until they found the holes and then they did look for the goal more safely, although not as quickly.
In the 1974 Germany World Cup, the Netherlands played with the orange shirt that we now know as the traditional one to earn the nickname of oranje (in Dutch, orange).
The way of playing on the field completed the nickname and that is that the players did not have a fixed position, if they lost the ball the three or four closest to recover it would come out, high pressure was one of their characteristics and they seemed like a perfect machine This is how the nickname A Clockwork Orange was born.
The Dutch team of 1974 is credited with playing forward pressing, always playing with wingers, with the whole team attacking and defending at the same time, that revolutionized the existing pattern of play until now. In addition, because they were pioneers by not putting a pure 9, because the players exchanged positions on the pitch regardless of whether one was a striker or a defender.
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Why does the Netherlands wear orange?
Orange is the color of the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau, and has therefore been considered the national color of the region for hundreds of years.
That family played an important role in the liberation of the Netherlands from Spanish rule, even before it became the royal house of the Netherlands during the republic. An early version of the flag, the Prinsenvlag (Prince’s Flag), was actually orange, white, blue. The current flag of the Netherlands consists of three horizontal stripes starting with the color white, red and blue.
Red gradually replaced orange (1630-60) as a sign of political change and a growing disassociation of the Republic from the House of Orange. It seems that before 1664 the red, white, and blue tricolor was commonly known as the ‘Flag of Holland’ (Hollandsche Vlag); the name of one of the rebel provinces.
There is symbolism in the colors used, with red meaning bravery and white denoting peace and honesty, while blue is said to signify truth and justice.
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The colors of the national flag have occasionally been reflected on the Netherlands’ away kits.
The Netherlands national soccer team is not the only Dutch team to wear orange kit, with the tradition being followed in hockey, rugby, and other codes as well. The football team’s nickname aside from Oranje, they have also been described as Clockwork Orange in sports media reports.
Dutch soccer fans are famous for wearing their bright orange colors to support the team, creating a sea of orange in the stands and in the streets, and are sometimes known as the Orange Legion.
Why is it called the Netherlands?
Holland is no longer the correct name to refer to the Netherlands, officially. The tourism website of that country modified a large part of its content to change Holland to Netherland (or Nederland in Dutch). The national team was renamed the Netherlands, at Eurovision the name was also changed and at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as well.
The Netherlands is the correct name for the entire nation, since Holland only indicates the name of a region of the country. That is to say, for years and in a multitude of events, the nation has been referred to by the name of an inland region.
The practice is that all the Dutch are Dutch (gentile for those who have the nationality of the Netherlands), but not all the Dutch are Dutch.
With celebrations associated with the royal family and Liberation Day, the current flag flies with an orange pennant.