Virgil van Dijk, who scored the late equalizer against Germany, didn't debut for the Dutch until 2015 but he is at the age of 27 one of Europe's top defenders.
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3. Ronald Koeman. The Dutch federation (KNVB) got lucky. Koeman was fired by Everton in October 2017, making him available to lead the rebuilding effort.
He was the perfect choice, a coach with great pride in the program, having starred on for the Oranje when they won Euro 1998, and tons of experience at the top level in the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and England.
4. New campus. Koeman credits the reforms made by KNVB in restoring pride in the national team.
The Oranje moved to the KNVB Campus at federation headquarters in Zeist after using for more than 30 years the Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk, where national team camps had a reputation for their party atmosphere
The new home is all business -- with training fields, state-of-the-art facilities and a hotel the team uses during its camp.
5. Humility. After finishing fourth in its group for Euro 2016 qualifying and third in its group for 2018 World Cup qualifying, the national team had to assess where it was.
Koeman says the success of the popular Oranje women -- the Euro 2017 champions who regularly draw sell-out crowds at home -- was a model for the men.
Sometimes a little humility goes a long way.