Since 1947, when the volleyball federation of the Netherlands was founded, until the late 1980s, the results of the national team were not spectacular. A major change occurred in 1987, when legendary coach Arie Selinger took over the team. After a historic bronze from the 1989 European Championship, the team had its most successful phase in the 1990s under Selinger and Joop Alberda, culminating in 1996, when the Netherlands won gold from both the Olympic Games and the World League. This spectacular decade was adorned by silver finishes at the 1990 World League, the 1992 Olympics, the 1994 World Championship, the 1995 World Cup and the 1997 World Grand Champions Cup. In European Championships, the Dutch took bronze in 1989 and 1991, silver in 1993 and 1995 and triumphed with the gold in 1997. In the new millennium, the Netherlands has settled for four European League medals – gold in 2006 and 2012, silver in 2008 and bronze in 2004. It is now ranked #25 in the world and #14 in Europe.
|TER HORST Thijs||Outside-spiker|
|VAN BEMMELEN Sebastiaan||Middle-blocker|
|VAN DIJK Kay||Opposite|
|VAN GARDEREN Maarten||Outside-spiker|
|VAN HARSKAMP Yannick||Setter|