Sports

Oct 30 '13 02:06

Sven Kramer wore during his 10km race of last Sunday the suite that the Dutch skaters will wear during the Winter Olympics.

The suite, which should have been a secret for a while, was handed out to Kramer for testing. Kramer used it while training and then decided to wear the suite at the Dutch championships.

He impressed friend and enemy with his race which resulted in a new track record of 12 minutes and 46.96 seconds. This time was also the second best time ever achieved on this distance.

Oct 29 '13 02:43

Champion horse Bonfire has died on Monday morning at the age of 30. The most well-known horse in the Netherlands, besides the horse of Sinterklaas of course, won with his rider Anky van Grunsven a gold medal at the Olympics in Sidney in 2000.

‘My heart is broken, Bonfire passed away,” announced the 3 time Olympian champion Anky van Grunsven on Twitter.

Oct 29 '13 02:27

Clarence Seedorf is still a little embittered when he thinks about his last period at the Dutch national team. He feels unrecognized by the former national coaches Marco van Basten and Bert van Marwijk.

The 37-year-old international, who at this moment plays as a midfielder at Botafago in Brazil, shared his reflections about that period on Monday evening in the program of Johan Derksen at RTL7.

“Van Basten made a big mistake with me,” Seedorf told. “I don’t say that he was a bad trainer, but I didn’t like the way how he treated the players. Bad people management.”

Oct 28 '13 02:26

Sven Kramer has shown this weekend that he is in a top shape. During the Dutch championships he not only won the 5 km but also impressed friend and enemy with his victory on the 10 km.

The 10 km race was between Kramer and last years champion Jorrit Bergsma. Although in March, Bergsma beat Kramer at the 10 km, at this race he had to be happy with silver. Kramer accelerated in the last four rounds with such a speed that he achieved a new track record (12.46.96) in Thialf. The old track record was from 2007 (12.49.88), also for Kramer.

Oct 25 '13 02:55

On Friday the Dutch national championships ice skating will start. Multi gold medal winners Sven Kramer and Ireen Wüst are ready for the job.

On Friday the men will start with the 5 km and the 500 m races. For the 5 km race Kramer will race against Jan Blokhuijsen.  Blokhuijsen was last years' runner-up, so the 9th race will be a very interesting one. 

On the first day of the Dutch championships the women only take the 1500m. Ireen Wüst will ride against Laurine van Riessen in the 13th match.

Oct 25 '13 02:31

Kromowidjojo announced on Thursday that she will no longer train with national coach Marcel Wouda. The announcement is the newest of changes within the Dutch swimming team.

The reason that Ranomi Kromowidjojo gives, is that she is not 100% sure that the cooperation between her and Wouda is good enough for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next year.

Almost at the same time Bastiaan Lijesen also stopped the cooperation with Wouda.

Both Kromowidjojo and Lijesen have announced to prefer to train under the leadership of the  assistant of Wouda, Christiaan Sloof.

Oct 24 '13 11:39

The Netherlands rugby team will be facing Israel in the third European qualifying round for the 2015 Rugby World Cup finals to be played in England.

Oct 23 '13 09:12

The Netherlands Cricket Board (KNCB) announced that it has decided not to extend Peter Drinnen’s contract as head coach.

Oct 22 '13 04:25

At the final day of the world cup events in Doha, Ranomi Kromowidjojo won the 100 meter freestyle and so won her second gold medal during the events.

The Olympian champion, who won a day earlier already the 50 meter freestyle, was too quick for her competitors. She leaded the race from the start and ended with 52.29 seconds. This time is about one second slower than the world record of 4 years ago, but that was achieved with the now forbidden polyurethane swimming suit.

Oct 21 '13 18:30

The Netherlands is likely to host the Tour de France in 2015, the Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reported.

Oct 21 '13 04:57

After the won race in Dubai, Ranomi Kromowidjojo won again in Doha at the 50 meter freestyle. The world record swimmer (23.24 seconds) finished in Doha at 23.69 seconds during the finals.

During the finals of the world cup events in Doha, none of the competitors came near to the time of Kromowidjojo. The German Dorothea Brandt finished at 24.27 seconds and the Danish Jeanette Ottesen Gray finished for Bronze at 24.33 seconds. Dutch Inge Dekker just missed a spot on the stage with 24.52 seconds.

Oct 16 '13 06:55

After the successful match against Turkey, the Dutch team won 2 - 0, the team has been unbeaten during the qualification matches for the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Louis van Gaal could not play with Nigel de Jong, because of suspension, and Kevin Strootman and Michel Vorm, both light injuries. Nevertheless, he pulled out some other guys and showed the Turks how to play football.

The stadium was very noisy and packed with enthusiastic Turkish fans. After eight minutes the noise became less because Arjen Robben scored from a free kick.

Oct 16 '13 06:00

Robin van Persie is the most productive player of the European World Cup qualifications. 

With 11 goals in 687 minutes, van Persie made one goal more than runner up Edin Dzeko from Bosnia, who scored ten goals in 900 minutes.

The third position is held by another Bosnian, Vedad Ibisevic, and the German  Mesut Özil, who both scored eight goals during the qualifications. The English Wayne Rooney holds the fourth position with seven goals.

On Friday van Persie also became the most productive player ever for the Dutch national team.

Oct 15 '13 04:46

On Tuesday evening the Dutch soccer team will play a loaded match against the Turkish national team in Istanbul. Turkey has to win in order to become number two in the group and have a possibility to go to Brazil.

While the Netherlands is already a participant at the World Cup in Brazil, Turkey has to win. In their group Romania will play, also on Tuesday, against Estland. So it will be Romania or Turkey who will end as number two in the group.

Oct 10 '13 06:35

Although he already has the ticket for the World Cup in his pocket, Louis van Gaal is very serious about the last two matches for the qualification process. The coming matches against Turkey and Hungary are very important to him to find the right team to play in Brazil.

The national coach talked to the press in Noordwijk on Wednesday. “Only Robben, Strootman and van Persie are sure that they can go to Brazil, the rest still have to prove themselves. They know that damn well.”

Oct 7 '13 03:00

Reigning Olympic champion Epke Zonderland won the gold medal at the high bar at the world championships in Antwerp.

In a very exciting final,  Zonderland beat his main competitor Fabian Hambüchen from Germany and although his exercise was not perfect he could climb the number one spot at the ceremonies.

After winning the European championship in 2011 and his amazing victory at the Olympics in London last year, it was now time to win the world championship.

Sep 19 '13 04:24

Ajax was defeated by FC Barcelona on the holy grounds of Camp Nou on Wednesday. 

The team from Amsterdam started the match relatively good. The first half, Ajax showed, besides a mistake of Lerin Duarte, good football and was able to keep up with the champs from Barcelona.

In the first half only Messi scored from a free kick after Duarte worked him to the ground. Other attempts from Messi and Neymar were stopped effectively by goal keeper Vermeer.

Attempts from the Ansterdam squad, during the first half, were not successful but created a balance at the field.

Sep 10 '13 04:13

On Monday, National Team Coach Louis van Gaal and his fit team traveled to Andorra for Tuesday's World Cup qualifying match against Andorra.

Orange will qualify for the World Cup final on Tuesday if it beats Andorra, but then Romania might not win against Turkey. However, a win against Andorra will almost certainly give the Dutch team a ticket to Brazil. Romania has to make up 6 points and a difference of 15 hits in the last two group matches.

Sep 5 '13 05:10

At a press conference, Wesley Sneijder was wondering why so many journalists were asking him questions. “It must be because I am new in the Dutch national team,” he joked.

The midfielder was called by national team coach Louis van Gaal to join the team again against Estland on Friday. The 93-times international was a week ago sure that he had to watch the game on his television. But injuries of Wijnaldum and van der Vaart made the coach decide to call for the Help of Sneijder.

Sep 3 '13 04:30

National team coach Louis van Gaal has called for Wesley Sneijder for the upcoming matches of the Dutch national team in the World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Andorra . The midfielder is replacing Georginio Wijnaldum in the selection, who can’t lay because of an ankle injury.

Aug 23 '13 07:59

26-year-old Christel Boeljon impressed the crowd during the first day of the CN Canadian Women's Open on Thursday after firing a hole-in-one from 126 yards away.

Aug 23 '13 07:20

Pro Tour team Argos-Shimano has announced on Thursday that it has signed Houston cyclist Lawson Craddock for next season.

Aug 22 '13 08:32

Manchester City defender Karim Rekik has been called up for the first time in his career. Wesley Sneijder, however, has been left out once again.

Aug 20 '13 09:48

Squash and tennis will unite in the Netherlands later this month. The Double AR Rotterdam Open Squash 2013 and the HDI Gerling Rotterdam Open Tennis 2013 will be held at the same time at Victoria in Rotterdam.

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