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World Cup odds, after a succession of excellent performances in the Nations League, there is cautious optimism around this Dutch side.

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As the Netherlands prepares for the 2022 World Cup odds in Qatar, supporters’ expectations are lower than in past editions. The current Oranje side is not as star-studded as past generations, and they departed the European Championships last year in the round of 16 with a 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic.

Since then, the Netherlands have put together a series of excellent triumphs against strong opponents, including two wins against Belgium in the Nations League to finish first in their group. A favorable draw in the World Cup group stages with Qatar, Senegal, and Ecuador has boosted morale even further.

The country also looks to be rallying around manager Louis Van Gaal, who guided them to the World Cup 2014 final despite being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

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It was close, but not quite

The Netherlands has produced several outstanding teams throughout its history, but has consistently underperformed on the international level, failing to win the World Cup despite reaching three finals.

The Netherlands, led by Johan Cruyff, reached their first final in 1974, using their “Total Football” style, in which outfield players may shift positions while maintaining organizational structure at the World Cup odds. The squad dominated the knockout stages, defeating Argentina, East Germany, and Brazil before falling to West Germany in the final.

Four years later, they would lose in the final again, this time against Argentina, who scored two goals in extra time to win. In the 1980s, Dutch football suffered at both the club and international levels, with the national team failing to qualify for a World Cup. However, the team, led by Marco Van Basten, would go on to win the European Championships in 1988.

In the 1990s, a new generation of Dutch players led the Netherlands to a succession of outstanding but ultimately unsuccessful World Cup campaigns, including Patrick Kluivert, Clarence Seedorf, and Dennis Bergkamp. In 2010, the Netherlands took Spain to extra time in a tense final, but Andres Iniesta’s extra-time winner secured the Spaniards’ victory.

Four years later, a tactically smart Dutch squad alternated between free-scoring offensive tactics, which produced in Robin Van Persie’s iconic lobbed header in a 5-1 thrashing of Spain, and meticulous defensive performances, which saw them scrape out two goalless draws and finish third.

The Netherlands would not qualify for the 2018 World Cup after placing third in their qualification group behind France and Sweden.

Van Gaal’s goalkeeping conundrum

The most heated debates in squad selection have centered on who should start in goal. Manager Louis van Gaal rested regular goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who just joined Dutch side NEC from Valencia, for two Nations League games. Former teammate Rafael van der Vaart has also questioned Cillessen’s attitude, calling him a “nasty guy.”

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In September, van Gaal gave veteran goalkeeper Remko Pasveer his first senior cap at the age of 38. However, the Ajax shot-form stopper’s has dipped in recent weeks at the club level. Justin Bijlow of Feyenoord is also in the running, although the 24-year-old has struggled recently.

The Oranje have a strong, star-studded defense line that includes Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool FC and Nathan Aké of Manchester City. Van Gaal has dismissed Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt in favor of Jurrin Timber, who is more nimble.

Van Gaal has experimented with his midfield in recent games, but many players, like the dynamic Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and former Manchester United defensive midfielder Daley Blind, are certain to start.

If healthy, Steven Bergjwin of Ajax and Memphis Depay of FC Barcelona would likely start up front.

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