Feyenoord captain Dirk Kuyt is retiring his football career, the Rotterdam team announced on its website on Wednesday. Following a career high point of scoring a hat trick and winning the national title for Feyenoord on Sunday, the 36-year-old footballer feels that this is the right time to step down.
Another two former football players reported being sexually abused at their football clubs when they were children. One was abused as a youth player for Sparta Rotterdam in the 90s, the other at FC Eindhoven in the 70s, they told the Volkskrant. Both clubs contacted the victims and call for other victims to come forward.
During the general meeting of Olympic Committee NOC*NSF on Monday, Klaas de Vries emphatically urged members to cooperate in his investigation into sexual harassment and abuse in sports. The former PvdA minister officially launched his investigation on Tuesday and hopes to have a report on his findings ready by December, ANP reports.
The 10 thousand tickets Ajax had available for fans to attend the Europa League finals against Manchester United next week, sold out within 30 minutes, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Europa League finals match is taking place next week Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. in Stockholm. This is the first time since 1996 that Ajax reached a final in a European tournament, according to the broadcaster.
Between 140 thousand and 150 thousand supporters filled the streets of Rotterdam city center on Monday to honor Feyenoord and congratulate the team on its Eredivisie victory. The players appeared on the city hall balcony shortly after noon and joined the thousands of supporters singing You'll Never Walk Alone, led by Lee Powers, NOS reports.
Thousands of Feyenoord fans are gathered in Rotterdam to celebrate their team's victory in the Eredivisie. With about an hour to go before the team is set to appear to their fans, the police are already calling on people to stop coming to the city center - all locations are full. "Celebrate at home or elsewhere", the police said on Twitter.
The Coolsingel and surrounding areas can hold 140 thousand people in total.
Rotterdam will celebrate Feyenoord's first Eredivisie title in 18 years with an official congratulations ceremony on the Coolsingel today. The party officially starts at 11:30 a.m., with the team expected around noon. But fans started showing up at the Coolsingel from 6:30 a.m. this morning, according to the Volkskrant.
A total of 76 people were arrested in Rotterdam after Feyenoord beat Heracles Almelo 3-1 on Sunday and thereby became the national champions for the first time in 18 years. According to the police, there were "no major incidents'' during the celebrations. Feyenoord will be officially congratulated and honored in a ceremony on Coolsingel around noon on Monday.
Ajax fans unable to go watch the the Europa League finals match between Ajax and Manchester United in Stockholm on May 24th, can watch it from the comfort of their own city. Amsterdam is holding a public viewing of the match, broadcast on big screens, on the Museumplein, the city announced in a press release on Friday.
Should Ajax win the finals, the team and technical staff will also be honored in a ceremony on the Museumplein the next day.
Ajax pushed through to the UEFA Europa League final against Manchester United on May 24th. Ticket sales start Monday. The Amsterdam team has 10 thousand tickets available.
Ajax is through to the Europa League finale, despite a 3-1 loss against Olympique Lyon on Thursday. Due to last week's 4-1 win, the Amsterdam team will play against Manchester United in Stocholm on May 24th. Coach Peter Bosz is delighted, he said to RTL7.
"Inside my heart is racing", "We needed to play football and we did that. Reaching the finals is beautiful. Call it a victory for football."
The municipality of Rotterdam decided to ban shops in the city center from selling alcohol on Sunday, when Feyenoord is playing against Heracles for the Dutch title. On Wednesday the police published photos of 12 men suspected of violence during riots in Rotterdam this past Sunday after Feyenoord lost against Excelsior. So far three suspects turned themselves in, according to the Telegraaf.
All 12 men are suspected of public violence. The photos of those who turned themselves in have since been removed from the police site.
Another two former youth players at football club PSV came forward to report that they were sexually abused while playing for the club, the Volkskrant reports.
One victim was abused in the 70s - his coach took him to the dressing room after a training and forced him to go sit in the bath, where the coach molested him. The boy went home in tears, but refused to tell his parents what happened. "I insisted that nothing happened. I was ashamed and scared that the coach would get mad at me and take me off the team." he told the Volksrkant.
A riot police van hit a Feyenoord fan on the Coolsingel on Sunday, leaving him with a broken leg. A bystander recorded the incident.
The video was filmed on te Coolsingel, at De Bijenkorf department store, according to AD. It shows riot police units responding to riots that broke out after Feyenoord lost to Excelsior. The unlucky Feyenoord fan did not see the van coming up behind him, and gets hit on the heel. A snap can be heard and the man collapses.
The footballers in the Dutch national team were surprised by the KNVB's choice to name Dick Advocaat the new coach, KNVB technical director Hans van Breukelen said in a press conference on Tuesday. "But like me they are professionals and they can also go somewhere else", he said, according to RTL Nieuws.
The Rotterdam police are studying surveillance camera footage of riots that broke out in the city after Feyenoord lost 3-0 to Excelsior on Sunday. They are looking for hooligans who were violent during the disturbances, so that they can be arrested to prevent them from ruining the atmosphere during the next Feyenoord match in Rotterdam on Sunday, RTL Nieuws reports.
The police will publish the photos of these rioters on their site. It mainly involves people who acted violently towards the police or other persons.
The football match between FC Den Bosch and FC Dordrecht was suspended for 15 minutes on Friday after a thrown firework exploded near the ball boy's head. The terrified boy ran off the field in tears. He sustained hearing damage, according to Omroep Brabant. FC Den Bosch supporter Luc van Iersel started a crowdfunding campaign to buy the boy and a steward who became unwell during the match each a football themed gift - so they can end the season on a positive note.
A "small group of rioters" caused major disruptions in Rotterdam after Feyenoord's shocking 3-0 defeat by Excelsior on Sunday, the police said in a statement. Some 100 people were detained for crimes including challenging the police, throwing fireworks and stones, insulting police officers and not following the police's instructions.
Two former football players at PSV and Vitesse reported to the professional football organizations that they were sexually abused while playing at the Dutch clubs in their youths. This is the first time that victims of sexual abuse in Dutch professional clubs are coming forward, according to NU.nl.
The municipality of Rotterdam is working very hard to try and give hundreds of thousands of Feyenoord fans the chance to see their team possibly win the Dutch title in the match against Excelsior on Sunday, the Telegraaf reports
A massive 30 thousand tickets have already been sold to season ticket holders to watch the match on big screens set up in De Kuip on Sunday afternoon. The last 7,500 tickets are going to youth members of the legion, Feyenoord's official supporters club, today. That means that De Kuip is fully booked.
Football club Roda JC put the acquisition of the club by Aleksei Korotaev "on-hold" on Thursday after it was revealed that he's been in a Dubai prison since February. A number of stakeholders are worried about the Kerkrade club's future should this deal fall through.
The investigation into a large organized fight between football hooligans supporting Feyenoord and AZ three months ago, has reached a dead end. So far no arrests were made, and the chance of it happening in the future is very small, a police spokesperson said to the Telegraaf.
According to the spokesperson, the case no longer has high priority within the police. "The problem is that no one feels like a victim or wants to press charges."
Arnhem professional football club Vitesse won 2-0 against Alkmaar’s AZ in the KNVB Cup final at De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam Sunday night, a historical win for the team which had not won a major tournament or league in its club history. The team from will celebrate its 125th anniversary on May 14. No professional football club has suffered a drought as long as Vitesse.
As Cup winner, Vitesse gets to face off against the upcoming national champion, which is likely to be Feyenoord, for the Johan Cruijff Shield on August 5th. Vitesse is currently ranked sixth in the Eredivisie.