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Did you know - Scotland vs Netherlands
DID YOU KNOW?
1. Scotland are facing the Netherlands for the 19th time, having won six, drawn four and lost eight.
2. Despite missing out on a World Cup play-off berth, Scotland’s recent impressive run has propelled them up 14 places to 29th in the latest FIFA rankings. The Netherlands are also up nine positions to 20th.
3. The two nations last met in 2009, when the Dutch completed the double over George Burley’s side during qualification for South Africa 2010, where Holland lost 1-0 to Spain in the World Cup final.
4. If Scotland avoid defeat at Pittodrie, they will finish the calendar year unbeaten. So far in 2017, the Scots have beaten Slovenia (home), Lithuania, Malta and Slovakia and drawn against Canada, England and Slovenia (away).
5. Dick Advocaat is now in his third spell as Holland manager and has overseen four fixtures against Scotland. His Dutch side won 1-0 at Hampden and 3-1 in Utrecht in closely-scheduled friendly matches in 1994, before steering Holland to a 6-1 aggregate victory in a Euro 2004 qualifying play-off nine years later.
6. Advocaat, nicknamed the Little General, is fondly remembered in the Light Blue half of Glasgow for leading Rangers to a domestic treble in his first of four seasons at the Ibrox helm in 1998-99. A League and Scottish Cup double followed the next campaign.
7. Interim Scotland manager Malky Mackay won five Scotland caps – all in 2004. He tasted defeat just once – a 1-0 reverse on his debut in Denmark – and helped secure victories over Estonia and Trinidad & Tobago, and draws against Spain and Slovenia.
8. Darren Fletcher further cemented his position as Scotland’s third highest-capped player by making appearances No.79 and No.80 against Slovakia and Slovenia respectively. He is now 11 caps behind second-placed Jim Leighton.
9. Advocaat is assisted by Ruud Gullit, who won 66 caps as an attacking midfielder and was Netherlands captain during their triumphant 1988 European Championship campaign, scoring the opener in a 2-0 final victory against the Soviet Union. Despite appearing in three World Cup finals, Euro 88 remains Holland’s only major trophy success.
10. James McFadden is Scotland’s 7th joint-highest scorer with 15 goals and his second international strike secured the country’s most recent victory against the Dutch, at Hampden 14 years ago.