Condition: 9/10 Superb
Size: Adult's XXL
Chest Measurement: 44-46 Inches / 112-117 CM
Colour: Orange, black trim
Seasons: 2002/2003 & 2003/2004
Official Nike Netherlands home player issue long sleeve football shirt from the 2002/03 international season.
This is Nike's rare, superior 'player issue' version of the jersey, designed for footballers. It features an inner vest, sewn to the outer garment, a textured pattern on the sleeves, 'nederland' embroidered near the cuff, lightweight ventilation panels on the sides and lower part, no black Nike label sewn into the inside.
Condition of this original football jersey is 9/10 – Superb (see photos).
Dennis Bergkamp, who failed to score during the tournament, 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.
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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