Holland vs Germany is an international soccer fixture that has had some great games. Holland and Germany have played a number of FIFA World Cup and European Championship matches between them, as well as a variety of friendly international games. They have had some terrific teams, which between them have reached 10 World Cup finals.
1974 FIFA World Cup Final
Though Holland and Germany had played a number of games before this match, it was not until this final that they first played an international fixture in the FIFA World Cup. The 1974 cup was one in which the Netherlands emerged as a force in the game, and they defeated both Argentina and Brazil en route to the final. Holland also let in just the one goal in six matches before the match with West Germany.
West Germany was the World Cup host, and their team also included some great players. Among them was the goal machine Muller and center-back Beckenbauer. It was one of Germany's great teams.
Holland took an early lead when they were given a penalty within the first couple of minutes. The penalty was duly converted, but Germany overturned Holland's lead in the first half with an equalizer from the penalty spot. Shortly before halftime Muller scored a second goal to put them 2 - 1 up. With no further goals in the second half the game ended 2 - 1, and Germany lifted the trophy on home soil.
1978 World Cup
Even without Cruyff Holland still had a very good team in 1978. In the second group stage they thrashed Austria 5 - 1, a victory which put them top of the table before their game with the Germans. As Germany had been held by the Italians, a victory in their game with Holland was more essential for them.
In this match, Germany made a great start as they went ahead in the first few minutes of the game. A free-kick was played into Holland's penalty box and headed home to put the Germans a goal up. Holland equalized later in the first half with a sizzling strike from 35 yards out.
In the second half the Germans restored their lead in the last 20 minutes of the match. However, Holland were not beaten; and equalized with about 10 minutes of the match to play. As the game ended 2 - 2, Germany was still without a win in the group and subsequently went out whilst Holland topped the table.
The first European Championship game between Holland and Germany, in Euro 1980, was another exciting match. This was a group game in the championship that ensured the Netherlands went out in the first round. In the opening half Germany took the lead, and the score remained 1 - 0 by halftime.
A glut of goals followed after the interval. Two further German goals put them three up, which all but assured their victory. A late rally from the Dutch reduced Germany's lead as they scored from the penalty spot, and then a few minutes from the end of the game to make the final score Germany 3 - Holland 2.
In Euro 1988, Holland took on West Germany in the semifinals of the championship, which Germany hosted. However, Holland had the outstanding Van Basten in their team, a player who had already scored a hat-trick against England in the group stage. The Germans also had a great side that lifted the FIFA World Cup in 1990.
After a goalless first half Germany took the lead from the penalty spot after the interval. Later in the half another penalty was given, this time to Holland, which was duly converted to make the score 1 - 1. A few minutes before the end of the match Van Basten scored a crucial second goal for Holland that sealed a 2 - 1 victory. Van Basten later stated, "I feel more that we as a team, Holland, were playing against Germany." After their semifinal victory Holland won the European Championship.
1990 FIFA World Cup
In the 1990 World Cup Germany was in better form, and came up against the Netherlands in the second round. Holland had not won any games in their group, which they finished third in. Neither team scored any goals during the first half.
However, after the break Klinsmann put Germany one up. The Germans doubled their lead with little more than 10 minutes to play, before a late penalty was given to Holland. Whilst Holland scored the penalty, there were no further goals in the game which finished Germany 2 - Netherlands 1. The Germans won all their further games in that World Cup.
In Euro '92 Holland played Germany in the group stage. Germany were the world champs, and the Netherlands were European champions. As such, both teams were among the favorites to win it.
During this game, the Netherlands took a two goal lead in the first 15 minutes. Despite pulling a goal back after halftime the Germans couldn't get back in the game, and a third Holland goal in the final 20 minutes wrapped up a 3 - 1 win. Both teams made it to the semifinals, but the Germans went one better and reached the final.
At Euro 2004 Holland and Germany were also in the same group. the Netherlands probably had the better team, although it was Germany that went ahead in the first half. However, in the second Holland equalized with about 10 minutes to play, and the game ended 1 - 1. The equalizer ensured that Holland went though ahead of Germany.
The most recent match between the teams came in the Ukraine. Both had good teams that included stars such as Van Persie, Robben and Gomez. Germany established a two goal lead with a couple of Gomez goals scored during the first half. Despite scoring in the second half Holland could not comeback, and the game ended Germany 2 - Holland 1.
The teams have played 39 games between them. With 15 wins to Holland's 10 Germany has won most of them. In the eight World Cup and European Championship games the Germans have won four victories to Holland's two.