“Michael Boogerd won in 2002 in a monumental manner the Tour stage to La Plagne. It was one of the highlights in his cycling career. He, however, did not obtain the victory on his own. Before the start of the stage, the Rabobank rider underwent a blood transfusion. Blood ran from the arm of brother Rini directly to his own arm.” Boogerd fights this anecdote in a book about cycling.
PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman will be Manchester United’s first major summer signing. He will be replacing Paul Scholes, who will soon be retiring.
21-year-old Virgil van Dijk, said he is eager to sign with the Scottish Premier League champions Celtic.
The Netherlands men obtained their first win at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Finals after prevailing against India 2-0 (2-0 halftime). The Netherlands are now on top of Pool B, alongside New Zealand.
The Netherlands women defeated Chile in Pool A, 10-0 (7-0 Halftime), at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Final.
Bauke Mollema has made a leap in the ranking of the UCI World Tour. The number 2 of the Tour of Switzerland now occupies the 27th position in the global cycling ladder.
The leader of the Blanco team drove a superb final time trial today, with the finish line after more than 26 kilometers on the Flumserberg. He finished it 29 seconds behind the Portuguese stage winner Rui Costa.
Costa secured the final victory, with the win in the time trial. He took the leader's jersey from Switzerland's Mathias Frank, who lost nearly two minutes on his Portuguese rival.
Italy won the European Under-21 Championship second semi-final match against the Netherlands on Saturday (1-0)
Jong Oranje’s Bram Nuytinck is going back to the Netherlands after sustaining a knee injury during the final Group B match against Spain in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, leaving the Dutch team with one player out.
Nuytinck’s MRI scan result showed potential left knee damage. With this reason, he cannot go on with with the tournament. He will return to the Netherlands for additional examinations and medical management at his club.
Coach Cor Pot said: "This is a real setback. It was already difficult for me with the [reserve] role I had, and to go home earlier makes it even harder. On the other hand I do not want to take any risks regarding preparations for next season with Anderlecht.
The 23-year-old RSC Anderlecht captain said that he will come back to his club for further tests. He hopes the best for his teammates in their match against Italy. He is confident his team members will reach the final.
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.