This will be the 12th clash between Brazil and the Netherlands (W3, D5, L3) and the fifth in World Cup finals.
In World Cups, the Dutchmen have won twice, most recently in the 2010 quarter finals (2-1). Brazil managed to win once (1994), plus a penalty shoot-out 1998 (4-2).
For the second time after 1974 and 1978, the Netherlands will finish in the top four in two consecutive World Cups.
The Dutchmen had scored 12 goals in their opening four games but failed to find the net in both the quarter-final and the semi-final, despite both matches going to extra-time.
The Netherlands have lost five of seven penalty shoot-outs in World Cups and European Championships.
Oranje will appear in their second third place game (1998 1-2 loss v Croatia).
Brazil have conceded the most goals in the current World Cup campaign (11). The last time they conceded 11 was in 1938 and they’ve never conceded more than 11.
10 of the Netherlands’ 12 goals in this tournament have come after half-time; the last four have come after the 75th minute.
In the semi-final, the Dutchmen attempted just seven shots (incl blocked) in 120 minutes – in all of their previous World Cup matches since 1966, they had managed at least 10 shots.
While Netherlands had just one shot on target in the semi-final, Brazil had eight in the 7-1 loss versus Germany.
This will be Brazil’s fourth appearance in the third place game, but their first since 1978.
Brazil have won two and lost one of their three previous appearances in the third place match.
Against Germany, Brazil conceded just 11 fouls while conceding 31 against Colombia in the quarter-final.
Only Karim Benzema (15) has had more shots on target than Robin van Persie (10) in this World Cup; but the Dutchman is yet to score in the knockout stages.
The injured Neymar (13) is the only player who created more goalscoring chances for Brazil than Marcelo (10).