Condition: 9/10 Superb
Size: Adults Large
Chest Measurement: 42-44 Inches / 107-112 CM
Colour: Black, orange trim
Seasons: 2002/2003 & 2003/2004
Official Nike Netherlands away football shirt from the 2002/03 international season.
This is Nike's superior 'player issue' version of the jersey, as worn by the players. It features a second vest layer sewn into the outer garment, and mesh fabric on the sides and lower part of the outer jersey.
Condition of this original football jersey is 9/10 – Superb (see photos).
Dennis Bergkamp, who failed to score during Euro 2000, retired from the national team after the tournament (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.
Surprisingly the Netherlands failed to qualify for the 2002 World Cup, with crucial losses to Portugal and the Republic of Ireland, the latter of which eliminated them from the Finals tournament. Van Gaal resigned at the conclusion of the Netherlands' unsuccessful campaign.
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