German officials made the decision to cancel the football match between Germany and the Netherlands out of an abundance of caution, Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s Interior Minister said in a press conference Tuesday night. The decision was very difficult to make, but he refused to further elaborate on the threat, he added.
Reports of a suspicious package at the football stadium where Germany was to host the Netherlands Tuesday evening led to the football match’s cancellation. "We have had concrete evidence that someone wanted to detonate an explosive device at the stadium," Hannover police chief Volker Kluwe told German newswire Deutschen Presse-Agentur.
Joachim Low, coach of the German football team, was in two minds about Tuesday night's friendly match between the Netherlands and Germany after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, but is happy that the game will go ahead. He calls it a "clear message for freedom and democracy"
Johan Cruijff has resigned from his position as adviser for the Amsterdam football club Ajax, due to a lack of confidence in the club's directors and a feeling that he is being thwarted in the execution of his plan.
Minister Edith Schippers of Sports will be attending the friendly football match between the Netherlands and Germany in Hanover on Tuesday on behalf of the Dutch government. German chancellor Angela Merkel and her entire team of ministers will also be attending the match.
Dutch football association KNVB sees no reason to implement a ban on headers for young players, as the American football association U.S. Soccer did earlier this week.
It seems that Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan wants the Netherlands to host the 2028 Olympic Games. During the trade visit to Japan he said in two speeches that he hopes Amsterdam and Rotterdam can organize the 2028 Summer Olympics together - once in the presence of Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Yvonne Hak, the 29 year old Dutch runner, is left feeling robbed after the revelation that her silver medal in the 2010 European Championships 800 meter should have been gold. Gold medal winner, Russian Mariya Savinova, has been accused of doping during the competition.
A Vitesse fan assaulted the Ajax bus driver after the match between the two football clubs in the Gelredome in Arnhem on October 25th. The Amsterdam team's bus driver suffered a broken cheekbone and a tear in his eye socket.
The father of an eight-year-old girl suffering from diabetes scathingly criticized ADO Den Haag football coach Henk Fraser for instructing his goalkeeper to pretend like he had low blood sugar and was on the verge of passing out in order to secure a timeout for his team. During the Friday night match between Roda JC Kerkrade and ADO Den Haag, Fraser ordered his goalkeeper Martin Hansen to fake the ailment, with the manager then using the time to collect his team and discuss strategy, Fraser acknowledged during a post game interview.
Fourteen people were arrested in the run-up to the Ajax vs Fenerbache match in the Amsterdam Arena on Thursday. According to the police, these suspects made themselves guilty of public violence, insult, throwing fireworks and selling counterfeit tickets, among other things.
After the elimination from the European Champions, the Dutch football team fell from 14th to 16h place on the FIFA rankings. Belgium is on first place for the first time ever
Dutch cycling association KNWU has filed an arbitration case with the international cycling union UCI against Tour de France organization ASO. According to the KNWU, ASO still owes them 140 thousand euros for the Tour start in Utrecht this summer and is refusing to pay it.
Robin van Persie may have played his last match for the Netherlands squad. Coach Danny Blind has decided that Van Persie is not fit enough to be included in the Oranje team selection, the Telegraaf reported on Monday.
A group of FC Utrecht supporters chanted racist slogans during the clubs match with FC Twente on the Glagenwaard stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The municipality of Utrecht has decided to implement bans and ticket limitations ahead of the FC Utrecht vs Ajax match on December 13th, due to the anti-Semitic chants by fans. Mayor Jan van Zanen has done this in consultation with police to ensure that the away stand, Bunnik Side, remains empty for the game. These measures were taken after the April 5th match between the two teams saw FC Utrecht supporters singing antisemitic songs.
The professional football umbrella in the Netherlands, KNVB, has attributed part of this year’s record earnings to its some 1.2 million registered football players. The increase in both number of players and small change in registration fees aided the organization to record the massive 6.8 million euro profit for the 2014/’15 season.
A teenage football referee was assaulted by an adult man on Saturday after the match between the F4 Brabantia and F3 DBA from Eindhoven. According to the teenager, 16 year old Denzel Camelia, the man threatened and punched him in the face because he thought he did not do his job well.
The Dutch Football Association’s (KNVB) disciplinary committee has handed out four lifetime bans from football participation after a linesman was beaten to death in Almere in December 2012. The four men received this maximum punishment immediately, with a fifth person involved receiving a 60 month suspension.
Football legend Johan Cruijff is touched by the way the media responded to the news of his lung cancer diagnosis. He calls the response "emotional and heartwarming".
A red card in the match between RKSV Neunen and VV Gestel on Saturday led to the VV Gestel goalkeeper being arrested for headbutting the referee.
Rotterdam football club Feyenoord and fans are annoyed that the club has been linked with the aggressive debate on a possible asylum center in the West-Brabant town of Steenbergen. They feel that there is no reason to do so and it puts the club in a bad light.
Football legend Johan Cruijff has lung cancer. His management has released a statement that confirms the diagnosis.
Former football star Johan Cruijff has been diagnosed with lung cancer, according to various media in Spain. Cruijff's "immediate environment" confirmed this to Radio Catalunya, saying that he was diagnosed in a Barcelona hospital on Tuesday and has to undergo a number of tests to determine the extent of the tumors.