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Discussion in 'Players & Legends' started by PuckVanHeel, Nov 20, 2012.
As you can read there on the wikipedia page, this Indies national team started in 1934. It ended after the independence struggles of Indonesia.
The vast majority of the above listed players (in the link) started their career before 1934. The 46 listed on the Wikipedia page started all their national team career before 1934.
This is how the mentioned distribution looks on a map (per september 2020)
In 73% of the games the captain came from either North or South Holland! Very meritocratic that, although the current captain is of course from Brabant (Breda). As WF Hermans famously wrote within the pillarization/segregation of the 1950s (decorated by the Belgian King!): "if you shake the hand of a Roman-Catholic, you have to count your fingers afterwards." That was (sometimes) the mood.
Fun fact is that we're the only country ever to have played with two national teams in a world cup and we were the first Asian "country" that was on a worldcup.
Never going to happen again.
No, England and Scotland etc. donot count. The Orange team represented the whole of the Dutch kingdom, while there isnot/wasnot a United Kingdom team.
Yeah, strangely both teams had the same flag and same national anthem as well. The Indies played in an orange shirt, light-blue socks and white shorts (e.g. the euro 2008 color scheme).
The national anthem with the lines: "we have always honored the King of Spain" and "we are of German blood", that is played with these lines before each national team game.
Yeah, especially to hear that coming out of the mouths of the local players must have been hilarious.