Above: The Dutch team celebrates their win, with a triumphant Ruud Gullit holding the cup. Below that, topscorer of the tournament with five goals, Marco van Basten.
While the Dutch are playing dismally at this year’s UEFA European Football Championship, that has not always been the case. In fact, in 1988 they won the entire tournament. And in 2010, they lost in the finals to Spain, so they’re meant to be 2nd best of the world. I’ve no idea why they’re so rubbish this year.
They lost to the Soviet Union in the group phase, but beat England with 3 - 1 and the Republic of Ireland with 1 - 0. The Dutch team beat West Germany in the semi-finals with 2 - 1, then met the Soviet Union in the finals, this time beating them with 2 - 0.
You may have noticed that there’s no mention of quarter finals. That’s because there weren’t any. Only eight countries competed at the time.