Backgrounder: Netherlands-Spain head-to-head

08:13, July 12, 2010      

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The 2010 World Cup finalists have played in nine previous encounters with four wins each and one draw.

Their first head to head was an unusual "silver medal match" won 3-1 by Spain at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic tournament after Czechoslovakia withdrew from the competition during the final match against Belgium leaving a void for second place. The last two matches between both teams were friendlies won by the Netherlands 2-1 in Seville in 2000 and 1-0 in Rotterdam in 2002. On both occasions Frank de Boer, Bert Van Marwijik's current assistant, scored a goal.

Spain have yet to win a senior level FIFA competition but did win the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic tournament and have claimed victory in the 1999 FIFA U20 and the 2000 and 2004 Futsal World Cups. Their list of titles also includes the 1964 and 2008 European championship and 1984 final participation; silver medal at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games; three finals and two third places in the FIFA U17 World Cup and two times runners-up at the FIFA U20 World Cup.

As runners-up of the 1974 and 1978 World Cup the Netherlands have achieved only one title at senior level in 1988 when they won the European championship. They have also three bronze medals from the first three Olympic tournaments in 1909, 1912 and 1920. Their best achievement at youth level was third place in the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup.

Spain have conceded only two goals in their six matches on the road to the 2010 final. In the past six teams reached the final having conceded only one goal: Uruguay in 1930 (3 matches), Hungary in 1938 (3 matches), England in 1966 (5 matches), Netherlands in 1974 (6 matches), Germany in 2002 (6 matches) and Italy 2006 (6 matches).

In their six 2010 tournament matches the Netherlands have scored 12 goals compared to Spain's seven. Italy have also scored seven goals in 1938 in three matches and England, seven also, in 1966 but in five matches. Three past finalists recorded lower total of goals: Argentina with five in six games in 1990, Czechoslovakia six in five games in 1962 and Germany FR with six in six matches in 1966.

Source: Xinhua

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