Netherlands/Holland long-sleeved home shirt for a number #18 in the international year of 1992. With original signatures of 13 internationals and the head coach Dick Advocaat. This is a player version, so meant for a player of the Dutch national football team. It is not from the previous year, 1991, when they wore the same shirt, because Dick Advocaat took over after the UEFA EURO 1992. Furthermore, Ed de Goeij’s signature is present as well. The goalkeeper also joined the Dutch national team after the tournament.
In 1992, The Netherlands started their 1994 World Cup qualification matches with the numbers 1-11 on the pitch, and players with numbers 12-16 being placed on the bench. During the 1992 UEFA European Football Championship, the players wore a small number on the front as well. In this tournament, the 1-11 number rule did not count. Witschge, for example, started a match with number 14. Wim Jonk used to wear the number 18.
So why is there a player version with number 18? Because the Dutch national football team also played six international friendlies in 1992, of which 5 where played in the orange home kits. It has to be match issued for one of these games, that are listed below.
The shirt has all the features of a player shirt: long sleeves, the shaded white number printed within the material, Lotto size XL, stitched Lotto and KNVB (Dutch lion) logo. These shirts with stitched logos were not commercially available!
The signatures of the following players are present on the shirt:
Berry van Aerle
Marco van Basten
Ed de Goeij
John de Wolf
The Netherlands/Holland played the following international friendlies in this home kit in 1992.
1. Netherlands 2 – 0 Yugoslavia for a friendly (25 March 1992)
2. Netherlands 3 – 2 Austria for a friendly (27 May 1992)
3. Netherlands 4 – 0 Wales for a friendly (30 May 1992)
4. France 1 – 1 Netherlands for a friendly (5 June 1992)
5. Netherlands 2 – 3 Italy for a friendly (9 September 1992)