On Wednesday, Spain defeated the Netherlands (3-0) in a semi-final game for the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, bringing them to the top spot in Group B.
Netherlands lost to Pakistan in a crucial fight to reach the pre-quarter finals of the World Squash Team Championship in France on Tuesday.
The Dutch team won against 10-men China in their international friendly game in Beijing (0-2).
Wesley Sneijder has expressed his disappointment at losing his Netherlands captaincy. He became captain for the Netherlands team in 2012. But Louis van Gaal, the team’s present coach, has chosen Van Persie to replace him.
The Netherlands and Spain moves on to the UEFA European Under-21’s Championship semi-finals, after eliminating Germany and Russia, respectively.
The Netherlands is now qualified for the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship following its win over Russia (5-1).
Netherlands has secured the fifth spot in the FIFA World Ranking even though they have not played any recent games. Spain is still at the top of the rankings with Germany, Argentina, and Croatia trailing behind.
The Dutch team walked away with a nail-biting last-minute win when they faced Germany in the UEFA Under-21 Championship tournament.
On Wednesday, Fulham announced the newest addition to their team: Former AS Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. He will replace Mark Schwarzer of Australia, who will be leaving Fulham.
PSV Eindhoven’s 23 year-old Kevin Strootman is set to become Manchester United’s midfielder in the Premier League. Yet, Dutch football player and expert Magnus Magnusson believes Strootman is not ready for the big league.