Benelux Union

Benelux Union in this definition includes Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg (no player to be mentioned). Historically, the three low-countries were merged several times as Burgundian Neterlands, Habsburg Netherlands, the United Kingdom of Netherlandsm etc. However, there is no football competition to relate between these nations. 

Benelux

Location : Benelux
European Championship Participation :    12 Times
(1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
World Cup Participation : 15 Times (Disappearance in 1950, 1958, 1962 and 1966)
Achievement : 
3 Times FIFA World Cup Runner-Up (1974, 1978, 2010)
1988 European Championship Winner
1980 European Championship Runner-Up
Most Caps :  Edwin Van Der Sar (130 games)
Top Scorer :  Robin Van Persie (47 Goals)
The Greatest Player Ever : Johan Cruyff



                                        All-Time Benelux Squad

Goalkeeper
Defender
Midfielder
Forward
Jean Marie-Pfaff
(Belgium)
Michael Preud’Homme

(Belgium)
Eric Gerets
(Belgium)
Wim Suurbier
(Netherlands)
Bixente Lizarazu
(France)
Ruud Krol
(Netherlands)
Ronald Koeman
(Netherlands)
Frank De Boer
(Netehrlands)
Japp Stam
(Netherlands)
Frank Rijkaard
(Netherlands)
Johan Neeskens
(Netherlands)
Willem Van Hanegem
(Netherlands)
Joseph Jurion
(Belgium)
Ruud Gullit
(Netherlands)
Arjen Robben
(Netherlands)
Jan Ceulemans
(Belgium)

Johan Cruyff
(Netherlands)
Dennis Berkamp
(Netherlands)
Paul Van Himst
(Belgium)
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
(Netherlands)
Rob Rensenbrink
(Netherlands)
Marco Van Basten
(Netherlands)

Manager :  Rinus Michels (Netherlands)

Stadium :  Amsterdam Arena (Netherlands)


Formation XI



Explain of Formation

This formation is reproduced from all-time Holland XI and just add two Belgian players Jean Marie Pfaff and Eric Gerets.


Statistics

By Decade
By Nation
1910s : -
1920s : -
1930s : 2
1940s : 2
1950s : 1.5
1960s : 5.5
1970s : 2
1980s : 3
1990s : 1
2000s : 2
2010s : 1
Netherlands : 16
Belgium : 6

Table of Positional Ranking


Goalkeeper
Defensive Lateral
Central Defender
1. Edwin Van Der Sar (HOL)
2. Jean Marie Pfaff (BEL)
3. Michael Pred’homme (BEL)
4. Hans Van Breukelen (HOL)
5. Jan Van Beveren (HOL)
6. Christian Piot (BEL)
7. Eddy P. Graafland (HOL)
8. Frans de Munck (HOL)
9. Jean De Bie (BEL)
10. Gerrit Keizer (HOL)
11. Mark Stekelenburg (HOL)

1. Ruud Krol (HOL)
2. Eric Gerets (BEL)
3. Wim Suurbier  (HOL)
4. Armand Swartenbroeks (BEL)
5. Fons Van Brandt (BEL)
6. Adrie Van Tiggelen (HOL)
7. Giovanni Vqn Bronkhorst (HOL)
8. Michael Rizeger (HOL)

1. Ronald Koeman (HOL)
2. Jaap Stam (HOL)
3. Frank De Boer (HOL)
4. Rinus Israel (HOL)
5. Vincent Kompany (BEL)
6. Cor Van De Hart (HOL)
7. Danny Blind (HOL)
8. Luaren Verbiest (BEL)
9. Barry Hulshoff (HOL)
10. Wim Rijsbergen (HOL)



Defensive Midfielder
Offensive Midfielder
Offensive Lateral
1. Frank Rijkaard (HOL)
2. Willem Van Hanegem (HOL)
3. Johan Neeskens (HOL)
4. Edgar Davids (HOL)
5. Clarence Seedorf (HOL)
6. WIlfried Van Moer (BEL)
7. Arie Haan (HOL)
8. Puck Van Heel (HOL)
9. Bok De Korver (HOL)
10. Willy Van De Kerkhof (HOL)
11. Aron Winter (HOL)
12. Wim Jansen (HOL)
13. Franky Van De Elst (BEL)
14. Phillip Cocu (HOL)
15. Jan Wouters (HOL)
16. Mark Van Bommel (HOL)

1. Ruud Gullit (HOL)
2. Jan Ceulemans (BEL)
3. Westley Sneijder (HOL)
4. Enzo Scifo (BEL)
5. Joseph Jurion (BEL)
6. Kees Rijvers (HOL)
7. Willy Van De Kuijlen (HOL)
8. Rafael Van De Vaart (HOL)
9. Gerrie Muhren (HOL)
10. Marl Wilmots (BEL)

1. Arjen Robben (HOL)
2. Piet Keizer (HO)
3. Coen Moulijin (HOL)
4. Eden Hazard (BEL)
5. Sjaak Swart (HOL)
6. Johnny Rep (HOL)
7. Mark Overmars (HOL)
8. Rene Van De Kerkhof (HOL)
9. Bertus De Harder (HOL)
10. Franky Vercauteren (BEL)
11. John Van't Schip (HOl)
12. Simon Tahamata (HOL)


Forward
                Striker
               Manager
1. Johan Cruyff (HOL)
2. Dennis Bergkamp (HOL)
3. Paul Van Himst  (BEL)
4. Rob Rensenbrink (HOL)
5. Faas Wilkes (HOL)
6. Abe Lenstra (HOL)
7. Raymond Braine (BEL)
8. Robin Van Persie (HOL)
9. Kick Smit (HOL)
10. Henri Coppens (BEL)
11. Erwin Vandenbergh (BEL)
12. Bernard Voorhoof (BEL)
13. Ruud Geels (HOL)
14. Raoul Lamberts (BEL)
1. Marco Van Basten (HOL)
2. Ruud Van Nistelrooy (HOL)
3. Patrick Kluivert (HOL)
4. Jeff Marmans (BEL)
5. Beb Bakhuys (HOL)
6. Coen Dillen (HOL)
7. Albert De Cleyn (BEL)
8. Jean Capelle (BEL)
10. Roy Makaay (HOL)
11. Jimmy F. Hasselbaink (HOL)
12. Noud Van Melis (HOL)
13. Klass Jan Huntelaar (HOL)
14. Pierre Van Hooijdonk (HOL)
15. Piet Van Reenen (HOL)

1. Rinus Michels (HOL)
2. Guus Hiddink (HOL)
3. Luis Van Gaal (HOL)
4. Johan Cruyff (HOL)
5. Guy Thys (BEL)











































 The Greatest Benelux Players of the Era

  10s : Bok De Korver
  20s : Rene Petit (France), Raymond Braine (2nd Half)
  30s : Raymond Braine (1st Half), Kick Smit (2nd Half)
  40s : Faas Wilkes (2nd Half)
  50s : Abe Lenstra (1st Half), Joseph Jurion (2nd Half)
  60s : Paul Van Himst (1st Half), Johan Cruyff (2nd Half)
  70s : Johan Cruyff (1st Half), Rob Rensenbrink (2nd Half)
  80s : Jan Cuelemans (1st Half), Marco Van Basten (2nd Half)
  90s : Dennis Bergkamp (1st Half), Edgar Davids (2nd Half)
  00s : Ruud Van Nistelrooy (1st Half), Wesley Sneijder (2nd Half)
  10s : Eden Hazard (1st Half)


 The Greatest Benelux Footballers of All-Time

1.  Johan Cruyff
2.  Ruud Gullit
3.  Marco Van Basten
4.  Frank Rijkaard
5.  Ruud Krol
6.  Dennis Bergkamp
7.  Willem Van Hanegem
8.  Johan Neeskens
9.  Paul Van Himst
10.  Ruud Van Nistelrooy
11.  Ronald Koeman
12.  Arjen Robben
13.  Michael Preud’homme
14.  Jean Marie Pfaff
15.  Rob Rensenbrink
16.  Abe Lenstra
17.  Faas Wilkes
18.  Raymond Braine
19.  Piet Keizer
20.  Jan Ceulemans



  By Nation

  Netherlands : 15
  Belgium : 5



  Benelux Footballers of The Year


1930
Bernard Voorhoof
1931
Puck Van Heel
1932
Raymond Braine
1933
Bernard Voorhoof
1934
Bernard Voorhoof
1935
Raymond Braine
1936
Beb Bakhuys
1937
Kick Smit
1938
Kick Smit
1947
Jeff Mermans
1948
Servaas Wilkes
1949
Servaas Wilkes
1950
Servaas Wilkes
1951
Abe Lenstra
1952
Abe Lenstra
1953
Rik Coppens
1954
Rik Coppens
1955
Alfon Van Brandt
1956
Cor Van De Hart
1957
Joseph Jurion
1958
Kee Rijvers
1959
Kee Rijvers
1960
Coen Moulijn
1961
Joseph Jurion
1962
Joseph Jurion
1963
Paul Van Himst
1964
Paul Van Himst
1965
Paul Van Himst
1966
Sjaak Swart
1967
Johan Cruyff
1968
Willem Van Hanegem
1969
Johan Cruyff
1970
Willem Van Hanegem
1971
Johan Cruyff
1972
Johan Cruyff
1973
Johan Cruyff
1974
Johan Cruyff
1975
Johan Cruyff
1976
Rob Rensenbrink
1977
Jean Marie Pfaff
1978
Rob Rensenbrink
1979
Ruud Krol
1980
Jan Ceulemans
1981
Ruud Krol
1982
Eric Gerets
1983
Jean Marie Pfaff
1984
Enzo Scifo
1985
Frank Rijkaard
1986
Jan Ceulemans
1987
Ruud Gullit
1988
Marco Van Basten
1989
Marco Van Basten
1990
Enzo Scifo
1991
Frank Rijkaard
1992
Marco Van Basten
1993
Dennis Bergkamp
1994
Ronald Koeman
1995
Patrick Kluivert
1996
Dennis Bergkamp
1997
Dennis Bergkamp
1998
Edgar Davids
1999
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
2000
Edgar Davids
2001
Patrick Kluivert
2002
R. Van Nistelrooy
         2003
R. Van Nistelrooy                      
  2004
Edwin Van Der Sar
2005
Arjen Robben
2006
Clarence Seedorf
2007
Ruud Van Nistelrooy
2008
Wesley Sneijder
2009
Edwin Van Der Sar
2010
Wesley Sneijder
2011
Eden Hazard
2012
Robin Van Persie
             2013   Eden Hazard
             2014   Arjen Robben      
             2015   Eden Hazard
             2016   Arjen Robben


By Nation

Netherlands : 56
Belgium : 24

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