Condition: 8/10 Excellent. Small light mark on the upper chest. Wear to the rear #17, and motif on the sleeve
Size: Adult's XXL
Chest Measurement: 44-46 Inches / 112-117 CM
Colour: Orange, black trim
Seasons: 2000/2001 & 2002/2002
Official Nike Netherlands home long sleeve football shirt from the 2000/01 international season. Complete with #17 on the back of the shirt in official numbering.
Condition of this original football jersey is 8/10 - Excellent. Small light mark on the upper chest. Wear to the rear #17, and motif on the sleeve (see photos).
Netherlands co-hosted Euro 2000 with Belgium and were one of the favourites coming into the tournament. Getting all three wins in the group stage, including a win over France, they then defeated Yugoslavia 6–1 in the quarter-finals. In the semi-finals, their opponents, Italy, went down to ten men in the first half. Italian goalkeeper Francesco Toldo made two saves in the shootout to eliminate the Netherlands.
Dennis Bergkamp retired from the national team after Euro 2000 (partly due to his fear of flying effectively ruling him out from the 2002 World Cup which was to be held in East Asia.) Coach Frank Rijkaard was widely criticized by the press after the defeat to the Italians as the Dutch had squandered several chances to kill the game. Rijkaard resigned, with Louis van Gaal taking over.
Van Gaal is credited with initially bringing through the backbone of this Dutch side whilst manager of Ajax during the mid nineties, including Edwin van der Sar, Edgar Davids, Michael Reiziger, Clarence Seedorf, Marc Overmars, Patrick Kluivert and the De Boer twins.
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