Quiz! Can you name the Netherlands line-up from the 2014 World Cup match against Costa Rica?

Tim Krul of Holland preparing the penalty shoot out during the World Cup match between Holland v Costa Rica on July 5, 2014
(Image credit: Laurens Lindhout/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Three minutes on the clock, 14 players to guess.

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After a dirty performance in the 2010 final and the ignominy of losing the Battle of Nuremberg in 2006, 2014 brought back some of the qualities that we love so much about the Dutch.

They were free-flowing in attack, with pace on the wings and a rapid counter to stun just about anyone in their way. They had a box office frontman up top, a world-class winger and a manager prepared to throw the dice and do the unexpected.

That certainly happened in the quarter-final of the competition. We won't give too much away but as you'll see from the positions of the substitutes, Louis van Gaal brought on a goalkeeper for the penalty shootout. 

It worked, too, the absolute mad man. The Netherlands went on to fall to Argentina – but for a brief spark, they were back to their brilliant, unpredictable best. 


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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.