The Netherlands national football side had a good year in 2014, which has only made the country's struggles throughout the 2016 European Championship qualifying rounds more confusing. After all, this is the team that upset the Spanish defending champions in the World Cup group stage, winning 5-1 in a game that preceded Spain's very early exit from the world soccer tournament. This is the squad that nearly beat out Argentina for a spot in the World Cup final, and the team that flattened the Brazilian hosts in the third place consolation match. Needless to say, fans were wearing their Netherlands soccer gear proudly in 2014, and for good reason.
Things took a turn for the worse in the fall, though, with the Netherlands squad notching two losses out of their four Euro 2016 qualifying games. The early deficit will leave Oranje needing to make a comeback in 2015, if they are to participate in next year's European Championship in France. Support the nation today, with a new Holland away jersey 2015 2016 from Soccer Box!
Soccer Box has a wide variety of Netherlands soccer gear in stock, including 2014 World Cup jersey designs, player-specific shirts, and more. The 2015 2016 away jersey, meanwhile, is the first taste of Oranje's brand new gear, which the squad will hopefully be wearing at Euro next year! The shirt, which comes from kit manufacturer Nike, is a simple white V-neck jersey with orange detailing. It's the perfect piece of gear to help you cheer the football team toward success in this year's Euro qualification rounds!
The 2016 European Championship Qualifying Competition
For the qualifiers, Holland was drawn into Group A. At first glance, the group-which also includes the Czech Republic, Iceland, Turkey, Latvia, and Kazakhstan-should represent an easy path to Euro 2016 for Oranje. After all, none of those other teams even participated in last year's World Cup, let alone came in third place.
And yet, while they should have the advantage, the wearers of the Holland away jersey 2015 2016 are struggling in the qualifiers. In September, they began their campaign with an away game loss against the Czech Republic, and that defeat has set the tone for everything that has happened since.
Granted, the Netherlands have had a few big wins in the qualification competition so far. The fall brought a pair of big home wins, first in October, with a 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan, and then again a month later, with a massive 6-0 win against Latvia.
Couple those outcomes with a 0-2 away loss against Iceland and the Netherlands were dragging behind in Group A by the end of 2014. Now, after a lengthy hiatus, Euro 2016 qualifying play is resuming, and you can mark the occasion with a new selection of Netherlands soccer gear, available at Soccer Box.
Holland kicked off 2015 in solid if, unspectacular fashion last month. First, they drew 1-1 with Turkey in a Euro qualifier game. The match didn't hugely help the team's standing in the qualifiers, but it didn't hinder it either. Second, they won 2-0 in a friendly fixture with Spain, a win that bodes well for Oranje-even if the Spanish national side is markedly weaker than they were a few years ago.
The draw with Turkey leaves the Netherlands in third place in Group A. That's not terrible news in and of itself, since a third-place finish would still at least give the football squad a chance to battle for qualification in a playoff round. Still, fans in the Holland away jersey 2015 2016 will have to hope that things turn around soon for Oranje. With seven points in the standings, Holland is trailing two games behind both the Czech Republic and Iceland.
The Spain friendly certainly shows that the Netherlands still have a strong lineup. They won the game by scoring two goals in the first 20 minutes of play. And if the Dutch can achieve that kind of result against one of the most respected football nations in the world, then they can certainly make a comeback in Group A.
Root for Oranje today, with a new set of Netherlands soccer gear from Soccer Box! Pick up the new 2015 2016 away jersey, or browse the rest of our selection for other great pieces of football gear.