Quiz! Can you name the Netherlands line-up from the 2006 World Cup match against Portugal?

Dutch defender Andre Ooijer looks dejected at the end of the World Cup 2006 round of 16 football game Portugal vs. Netherlands, 25 June 2006 at Nuremberg stadium. Portugal won 1-0
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Three minutes on the clock, 14 players to guess.

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The 2006 World Cup played host to plenty of things. A Zinedine Zidane masterclass against Brazil… a Zinedine Zidane moment of madness in the final. Lionel Messi making his bow, Cristiano Ronaldo winking at Wayne Rooney and plenty more.

In a tournament of hot heads though, perhaps Netherlands and Portugal took the biscuit. The Round of 16 clash between the European nations has since been dubbed the Battle of Nuremberg (it was held at the Frankenstadion in the German city) after it broke the record for the most cards shown at any FIFA-administered international tournament.

Those naughty players racked up four reds and 16 yellows in just 90 minutes of football, setting the tone for the Dutch to take their aggravating antics one further four years later, when they attempted to boot the Spanish side off the pitch in the final of the competition. 

So we're just looking for the Netherlands side this morning. You've got three minutes to remember the 11 starters and three substitutes who took part in that footballing mad massacre. 


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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.