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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Euro 2012: Germany-Holland, from '78 to '12

By Patrick Dorsey

Wesley Sneijder and Mario Gomez
Wesley Sneijder's Holland and Mario Gomez's Germany: Those nations go way back with one another.
UEFA Euro 2012, one of soccer's top international competitions, is here. To celebrate, Playbook has teamed up with ESPN FC and the World Cup on ESPN Facebook page to offer sights and other delights from each participating nation.

Germany. The Netherlands. Yeah, they have history on the pitch.

Starting with a dramatic World Cup final in 1978 and running all the way into Wednesday's Group B match in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the recent run-ins between the Germans and Dutch have offered quite the array of special matches -- and, naturally, memorable images.

Below is a gallery of some such shots -- including some from Germany's 2-1 Wednesday win.

Johan Neeskens
Johan Neeskens, partially visible left, celebrates after converting a penalty against West Germany in the 1974 World Cup final. It was the fastest goal in World Cup final history (second minute).
Dutch legend Johan Cruyff watches as West Germany keeper Sepp Maier stops the ball, while Franz Beckenbauer looks on in that same 1974 World Cup final match.
Gerd Mueller
Gerd Mueller's goal in the 43rd minute gave West Germany a 2-1 win and the 1974 World Cup title.
West Germany and Netherland
West Germany's Dieter Mueller scores in a 2-2 draw during the second round of World Cup 1978.
Holland's Ruud Gullit, left, challenges Rudi Voller in the Euro 1988 semis (won 2-1 by the Dutch).
Juergen Klinsmann
Jurgen Klinsmann, now the U.S. manager, challenges the Netherlands' Frank Rijkaard during their Round of 16 match in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Germany won 2-1.
Michael Ballack
Germany's Michael Ballack, now an ESPN analyst, runs for the ball against Holland's Edgar Davids during the Euro 2004 group stage -- the last competitive match between the two nations (a 1-1 draw).
Thomas Mueller
Thomas Mueller and Dutch players applaud during the nations' most recent meeting, a November 2011 friendly in Hamburg. Germany won 3-0, with Muller, Miroslav Klose and Mesut Ozil scoring.
Mario Gomez
German forward Mario Gomez scores past Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg on Wednesday.
Mario Gomez
Gomez, third right, celebrates after scoring the second of his two goals in Germany's 2-1 win.