The national football team of the Netherlands, also known as the Holland team, played their 1st international in 1905.

They have performed well in both the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships. In the World Cup they have reached more finals without winning the trophy than any other team.

In Europe Holland lifted the trophy as winners in 1988.

The Netherland soccer jerseys are a striking orange color to fit with the Dutch national colors and the countries flag. American sportswear giants Nike has a long term contract to manufacture the teams match day kits and training wear.

This agreement began in 1997 and will remain in place until at least 2018. You can order your kit from Soccer Box and support the team.

All of the official Netherlands football merchandise features the team crest and Nike logo. Clothing including the latest Holland training top that will be worn by players including Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben as they prepare for major and friendly international games.

The training collection is also available for fans to purchase and is a fantastic alternative to the match day jersey.

Recently the team have qualified for the final stages of the World Cup that will be held in Brazil next summer.

They finished top of their group with 28 points and put on a fantastic qualifying performance.

Throughout all 10 matches they were unbeaten, they suffered only 1 draw against Estonia winning the other 9 games.

The Holland team has a number of top players including Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie.

In August he was awarded the captains armband to wear with his Netherlands soccer jersey and has since led the team to some good results including an impressive 8-1 victory over Hungary in which he scored a hat-trick for his team.

Unfortunately he recently sustained an injury that will see him sit out the next couple of international games.

This weekend the players travelled to Genk with their Netherland soccer jerseys where they played a friendly against Japan.

Japan were the 1st team to secure World Cup qualification after the hosts Brazil. This is a good training exercise in preparation for next summer's tournament.

However, without Van Persie as captain someone needed to step in and fill his shoes that man was to be Arjen Robben.

Being captain is a prestigious role in a football team, it is the captains job to manage the players and flow of the game.

This is a responsible role not to be given or accepted lightly. The captain is a point of contact for the referee and should instil respect for the opponent players and match officials.

Who is chosen may impact on the team's results, it was a big decision for Louis Van Gaal head coach of the Netherland soccer jerseys.

Robin Van Persie's vice captain Arjen Robben was the most obvious choice to be called up to wear the captain's armband with his Netherlands soccer jersey.

Robben is 29 and currently plays his club football at Bayern Munich. He is a right winger or forward that made his international debut in 2003.

He has since made 73 appearances for his country scoring 22 goals.

Prior to the start of the match it would have been imperative for the newly structured team to spend a period of time practicing and coordinating together.

Wearing his Holland training top Robben would have wanted to get a good grip of how he would run the team during the match.

He stated in an interview earlier in the week that it would be extremely special if he were to be made captain of his countries football team.

The match was action packed, Japan started strongly but it was van der Vaart who took the lead for Holland.

Robben scored at 39 minutes to put the team in the Netherland soccer jerseys 2-0 up.

However, Japan fought back with Osako scoring just before half-time, and Honda levelling the scoreline at 60 minutes.

Despite not securing a win this was a fantastic match and Robben did a great job as captain even managing to score.

Do you think Arjen Robben is as good a choice of captain as Robin Van Persie?

What did you think of the Holland teams performance against Japan?

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