It will be a historic moment for Dutch handball when the Netherlands’ national team first take to the court for the first time at EHF EURO 2020.

Never before have the men’s team qualified for the European Championship finals but that will all change when Erlinger Richardsson’s side throw off against Germany on 9 January.

Qualification was a huge achievement for Richardsson’s team – not only was it the first time the Dutch had qualified for a EHF EURO but it was the first time since the 1961 World Championships that the Netherlands had a men’s team appear at a major tournament.

The Netherlands take their place among the European elite thanks to a qualification campaign that saw them finish as one of four best third-placed teams. Three wins from six games was enough to book their place in the finals, with a nail-biting 25:21 win over Latvia in their final match ultimately proving decisive.

Icelandic coach Richardsson, who took over in 2017, has assembled a squad with a balanced blend of youth and experience. With a talented and enthusiastic team representing their country at their first finals, you can be sure that those players pulling on the famous orange jersey will be making the most of this historic occasion in Dutch handball.

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One of the Dutch’s most creative talents, Bobby has made over 250 goals for the national team over the past decade. Revered also as a ‘penalty killer’, the right-winger currently plays in Germany for TBV Lemgo Lippe after previously been on the books of Stuttgart, Lubbecke and Nornhorn-Lingen.


Team captain and world class keeper Gerrie made his debut for the national team aged 21 back in 1998. His professional playing career has spanned 14 years in Germany with five different clubs, but in 2017 the stopper decided to move back to the Netherlands to play for KRAS Volendam, his first team. After over 100 appearances for the national team, his dream of playing at the EHF EURO 2020 was achieved for the first time in his 21-year career.



Icelandic coach Erlingur took over the head coach role in the Netherlands in the summer of 2017 having previously assisting the A-National men’s team of Iceland for five years. Richardsson had also worked with the Iceland Under-20s but he worked his magic in a short space of time in the Netherlands, earning the nation their place at EHF EURO 2020 after a strong qualifying campaign.

Past Performance at EHF EURO Events

Year Event Host Place/Medal
No previous achievements at the EHF EURO