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13 Things You Need To Know About The Netherlands' World Cup Team

Hup, Holland, Hup!

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2. The Dutch are nicknamed the Oranje, which really shouldn't come as a surprise.

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The House of Orange-Nassau is the royal house of the Netherlands, so it kind of makes sense. They also go by Flying Dutchman and Clockwork Orange, as if you needed even more reasons to root for them.

3. "Hup, Holland, Hup" is a Dutch football cheer. You should probably learn to sing along.

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5. Historically, the Oranje have played a style known as Total Football, or Totaalvoetbal.

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In this fluid tactical system, any player can take the position of another. Only the goalkeeper maintains a fixed position.

7. So yes, the Dutch did pretty well last time around, reaching the final match. Unfortunately, they came up short in the title game, losing to Spain 1-0... In extra time, nonetheless.


It's safe to say the Dutch want to erase that from their memories with a strong showing in Brazil. But how does the 2014 squad match up?

9. This is Louis van Gaal, the Dutch manager.

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He coached the national team before and was in charge of the 2002 squad that failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Van Gaal is set to step down at the end of this tournament and take over at Manchester United. He favors an attacking style, and was educated in Total Football.