The Dutch won the first three editions in 1985-87-89, then a fourth title in 1993 then had to wait 25 years to clinch their fifth one – so they are the title-holders now.

They amassed 12 medals, the second most in the field: 5 gold (tied for the most wins with Italy), 4 silvers and 3 bronzes. They reached the finals in the last three editions and after losing to Spain in 2014 and to Hungary in 2016 they overcame the Greeks in 2018.The Netherlands’ biggest triumph came in 2008 when they won the Olympic title in Beijing, defeating the US in the final. They were fourth in the inaugural tournament in 2000 but missed the cut for three times in five editions.

They were world champions in 1991 and have four silvers from that competition (1986, 1994, 1998, 2015). It was an utter disappointment that after finishing runners-up at the 2015 Worlds and 2016 Europeans they failed to qualify for their second consecutive Olympics (missed London and Rio).

At the World Championships after medalling in the first four editions, they could make the semis only once, in 2015, on 10 attempts.

Their last appearance ended in a 7th place finish as they lost to Spain in the quarters. They came 5th in 2009, 6th in 2003, 7th in 2011, 2013 and 2019, 9th in 2001, 2007 and 2017 and 10th in 2005.

They had a silver in the 2018 World League Super Final, their best effort in that competition. Had a bronze in 2015, last year they finished 4th in the Super Final here in the Duna Arena.

In the World Cup they had brilliant results in the past, won that title 8 times (1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1999).

The Dutch all-time match stats: played 103, won 75, tied 8 and lost 20. Their goal-difference: 1393-623 – they have the most wins and scored the most goals in the history of the Europeans, they had 6 editions with 100+ goals.(By LEN)

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