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Team Analysis: NETHERLANDS Squad for FIFA World Cup 2022

FIFA World Cup 2022 NETHERLANDS Squad

by Kolkata Today
NETHERLANDS Squad FIFA World Cup 2022

In his third stint in charge of the Oranje, Louis van Gaal has managed to bring the Netherlands back to the World Cup after missing out on Russia 2018. With Van Dijk and De Ligt as towers in defence, the Dutch want to make their mark in Qatar with established names like Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong, Depay and Babel, along with fresh faces like Lang, Danjuma, Gravenberch and Dumfries. Van Gaal will be hoping the mix leads to results.

The Netherlands enter the FIFA 2022 World Cup as an international enigma. They produce some of the top talent across the European club landscape but have fallen short at the international level for almost the last decade.

Following a superb showing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where they finished third by beating hosts Brazil 3-0 in the third-place match, it has been nothing but disappointment for the Oranje.

They failed to qualify for either Euro 2016 or the 2018 World Cup, and were bounced in the Round of 16 at Euro 2020.

Louis van Gaal, the manager for their 2014 World Cup run, returned to take over last August following the Euro 2020 disappointment, and he has this talented group poised for a course correction in Qatar.

The Dutch are considered the strongest side in Group A, thanks to the presence of hosts Qatar, but they will have their hands full with Senegal and Ecuador, plus any potential host boost.

Still, this is a squad exploding with top European club talent, and they’ll prove a dangerous presence if they can make it, as expected, into the knockouts. Anything less than a place in the quarterfinals is likely to be a disappointment for the Dutch.


Netherlands World Cup squad 2022

Manager Louis van Gaal has cut down his provisional squad to 26 players ahead of the FIFA deadline with the majority of his key names on the plane to Qatar.

Barcelona duo Memphis Depay and Frenkie de Jong are included are despite fitness concerns over the pair this month.

Position Player Club Age Caps
Goalkeeper Remko Pasveer Ajax (NED) 38 2
Goalkeeper Andries Noppert Heerenveen (NED) 28 0
Goalkeeper Justin Bijlow Feyenoord (NED) 24 6
Defender Virgil van Dijk Liverpool (ENG) 31 49
Defender Nathan Ake Manchester City (ENG) 27 29
Defender Jeremie Frimpong Bayer Leverkusen (NED) 21 0
Defender Stefan de Vrij Inter (ITA) 30 59
Defender Daley Blind Ajax (NED) 32 94
Defender Matthijs de Ligt Bayern Munich (GER) 23 38
Defender Tyrell Malacia Manchester United (ENG) 23 6
Defender Jurrien Timber Ajax (NED) 21 10
Defender Denzel Dumfries Inter (ITA) 26 37
Midfielder Frenkie de Jong Barcelona (SPA) 25 45
Midfielder Davy Klaassen Ajax (NED) 29 35
Midfielder Xavi Simons PSV Eindhoven (NED) 19 0
Midfielder Steven Berghuis Ajax (NED) 30 39
Midfielder Marten de Roon Atalanta (ITA) 31 30
Midfielder Kenneth Taylor Ajax (NED) 20 2
Midfielder Teun Koopmeiners Atalanta (ITA) 24 9
Forward Memphis Depay Barcelona (SPA) 28 81
Forward Steven Bergwijn Ajax (NED) 25 24
Forward Cody Gakpo PSV Eindhoven (NED) 23 9
Forward Wout Weghorst Besiktas (TUR) 30 15
Forward Vincent Janssen Royal Antwerp (BEL) 28 20
Forward Luuk de Jong PSV Eindhoven (NED) 32 38
Forward Noa Lang Club Brugge (BEL) 23 5


Netherlands national team stars, strengths & weaknesses

The Netherlands will be looking to make a statement after years of international disappointment. They missed the 2018 World Cup in Russia and failed to exit the Round of 16 at Euro 2020.

Manager Van Gaal is as experienced as they come, leading the Dutch side to the top of their World Cup qualifying group, with seven wins from 10.

Van Gaal’s coaching record is superb — he led Barcelona and Manchester United at the club level, while also taking charge of the Oranje at the 2014 World Cup, where they finished third, beating hosts Brazil 3-0 in the third-place match.


The Dutch side is captained by Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who has emerged as one of the best players in the world during his time at Anfield. However, the Orajne leader has struggled for form this season at club level, leading to questions at the back for Van Gaal with a wealth of options at his disposal.

Their main goalscoring threat is Barcelona forward Memphis Depay, who has managed to maintain his international form despite playing a bench role for the Blaugrana.


The Oranje have a wealth of young talent to choose from all over the field, with PSV winger Cody Gakpo leading the revolution. Defenders Jurrien Timber and Tyrell Malacia are other young players to watch.

Defensively, the Dutch are extremely deep. Van Dijk may not be in form but he remains a top player, while Stefan de VrijMatthijs de LigtJurrien Timber, and Daley Blind are all playing at a high level for their big European clubs.

Van Gaal will look to use this strength by deploying a three-CB system and get as many of his best defenders on the field as he can.


The biggest missing component of the Dutch side is experience. For all his success for club and country, Van Dijk has not played in a major international tournament. He missed Euro 2020 with an ACL tear, and the Netherlands  did not qualify for both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.

Behind Van Dijk, former experienced leaders Giorginio Wijnaldum and Bruno Martins Indi have not made the squad, leaving just Frenkie de Jong and Daley Blind as the other ever-present members.

Positionally, the biggest weakness for the Netherlands is without a doubt at goalkeeper. Tim Krul has been cast out by Van Gaal after failing to turn up for penalty training session in September, and previous starter Jasper Cillessen lost his place to 38-year-old Ajax shot-stopper Remko Pasveer. There’s a lot of uncertainty between the sticks for the Dutch.

Netherlands World Cup group

The Oranje were drawn into Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Only the top two teams in each group will advance.

The Netherlands are the highest-ranked team in Group A, thanks to the presence of hosts Qatar as the Pot 1 side.

The Dutch will open the tournament against Sadio Mane and Senegal before taking on Ecuador and Qatar, needing to watch out for the host boost which has proven a real danger over the years.


World Cup Group A fixtures and match Schedule

Date Match Time (ET) Stadium
Sun, Nov. 20 Qatar vs. Ecuador 11 a.m. Al Bayt Stadium
Mon, Nov. 21 Senegal vs. Netherlands 11 a.m. Al Thumama Stadium
Fri, Nov. 25 Qatar vs. Senegal 8 a.m. Al Thumama Stadium
Fri, Nov. 25 Netherlands vs. Ecuador 11 a.m. Khalifa Int’l Stadium
Tues, Nov. 29 Netherlands vs. Qatar 10 a.m. Al Bayt Stadium
Tues, Nov. 29 Ecuador vs. Senegal 10 a.m. Khalifa Int’l Stadium


Netherlands World Cup squad, lineup

Opening the tournament against a strong Senegal side, Van Gaal will likely look get as many of his top defenders on the field as possible. It looks plausible that he’ll deploy a pair of high-flying wing-backs to flank his mainstay midfielders, and get players high up the field. They’ll be a force for Senegal to deal with.

Netherlands projected starting XI vs Senegal

Netherlands projected starting lineup (4-3-3):  Biljow (GK) — De Vrij, Van Dijk, De Ligt , Dumfries — Klaassen, De Jong, Wijnaldum — Danjuma, Depay, Bergwijn.



The veteran coach took over the Dutch na-tional team after Koeman’s departure in 2021. In what is his third spell in charge, he’s finally completed his mission of taking them back to the World Cup.



The Liverpool centre-back is one of the best defenders of the world. It is the pillar of defense. Captain and leader. Strength and majestic bearing.

 LINE-UP (1-4-3-3)


The Dutch school of football always translates into an attractive style of play.


They aren’t a regular threat in the penalty area.

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