Sports

De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam
Feb 23 '20 09:00

Ajax fans will be accepted in the football stadium of Rotterdam-based arch rivals Feyenoord should both teams land in the finals for the KNVB Cup. Both teams are in the semi-finals for the Dutch trophy and would play each other at De Kuip stadium should they advance

Gavel with lady justice in the background
Feb 20 '20 16:00

The Public Prosecutor demanded two years in prison, eight months of which conditionally suspended against Jerry M. - an athletics coach accused of sexually abusing four underage girls. The man himself denies all charges against him, according to RTV Rijnmond reporter Paul Verspeek tweeting live from the courtroom. 

FC Cincinnati fans at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
Feb 19 '20 10:20

Ron Jans is no longer the trainer of American club FC Cincinnati. He resigned over accusations of racism. According to the Dutch coach, he used the n-word while singing along to a rap song in the locker room. According to the club and American players' union MLSPA, there was more going on, NU.nl reports.

A complaint against Jans was filed with players' union MLSPA, and the soccer association in the United States MLS launched an investigation. Jans resigned awaiting the results of the investigation, the club announced on Monday. 

Hospital room
Feb 13 '20 16:50

Acrobat Kristina Vorobeva has been transferred to a rehabilitation center and continues to recover well after she fell 10 meters in the Amsterdam theater Carre during a circus performance in January. She can now move her legs slightly and hopes to be able to walk again. She credits her recovery to her husband, Rustem Osmanov. "Without him I would not have made it," she said in an interview with the Telegraaf.

Hakim Ziyech with Ajax
Feb 12 '20 17:45

Ajax has reportedly agreed to a transfer star winger Hakim Ziyech to Chelsea in a deal worth between 40 and 45 million euros, with bonuses tied to the player's performance. The 26-year-old, born in Dronten, has played internationally for Morocco over the last five years.

Chelsea attempted to deal with the Amsterdam club in January to secure Ziyech, but the negotiation failed. The deal between the two sides is likely to come this week, reported the Telegraaf, AD, and BBC.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Feb 8 '20 17:30

An impending winter storm on Sunday prompted Dutch football association KNVB to suspend all matches that day. Four matches in the top level Eredivisie will be rescheduled, as well as the country's full slate of amateur football matches, the KNVB said on Saturday.

The Eredivisie matches include FC Utrecht vs. Ajax, AZ vs. Feyenoord, Sparta Rotterdam vs. ADO Den Haag, and FC Emmen vs. FC Twente.

Football
Feb 4 '20 10:10

The vast majority of professional football teams have not discussed what to do when spectators shout racist slurs from the stands, something that is a common occurrence in football in the Netherlands, according to a study by EenVandaag and players' union VVCS. They questioned 28 of the 38 captains in the Eredvisie and Eerste Divisie.

Jeen van den Berg crossing the finish line of the 1954 Elfstedentocht
Feb 3 '20 10:20

Color footage of the Elfstedentocht of 1954 were discovered in Friesland. These are the oldest known color images of the skating event, the Fries Film Archive announced. The footage was recorded by Sjoerd Steensma from Bolsward with a 16 mm camera. 

The color images were discovered when Steensma's daughter brought her father's collection to the archive. "At first we thought it was the tour of 1956. We already had a color picture of that. But it soon became clear that it was Jeen van den Berg in 1954," Syds Wiersma of the Fries Film Archive said to Omrop Fryslan. 

Football
Jan 29 '20 07:26

Dutch football association KNVB and the government are finalizing the measures they are taking to fight racism in football stadiums, and will likely present them next week, newspaper AD reports. Their measures include more cameras and a football app to report abuses, among other things.

PSV Eindhoven
Jan 27 '20 12:50

Frustrated PSV fans tried to storm the main entrance of the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven on Sunday evening, after their team drew 1-1 against FC Twente. The stadium's security initially tried to stop the group, but eventually had to call the riot police for help. Five people were arrested and taken to a police station, NOS reports.

The fans wanted to take out their frustrations over a difficult week following a difficult season on the PSV board, according to the broadcaster.

Edwin Straver at the Dakar Rally 2020, January 2020
Jan 24 '20 11:03

Dutch motorcycle racer Edwin Straver died during the early hours of Friday morning, succumbing to injuries sustained in a fall in the Dakar Rally last week. The 48-year-old racer was seriously injured on January 16th, when he fell in the 11th and penultimate stage of the race, NOS reports.

Straver was resuscitated at the scene. It took emergency workers 10 minutes to get his heart beating again. He was rushed to a hospital in Riyadh, where examination showed that he had broken one of his upper neck vertebrae. He succumbed to his injuries earlier this morning.

Badr Hari
Jan 16 '20 16:50

Kickboxer Badr Hari may represent the Netherlands as a boxer at the Olympic Games in Tokyo later this year. The Dutch boxing union NBB asked the 35-year-old kickboxer whether he'd be open to this adventure, and Hari has shown interest, according to the Telegraaf. 

Hari is currently under contract with martial arts organization Glory. If he decides to go for Tokyo 2020, the organization will have to give him at least a few months off. The parties involved still have to negotiate on this front, the newspaper writes. 

Feyenoord flag
Jan 16 '20 14:39

One Feyenoord fan went the extra mile to show his dedication to his favorite football club. He had his now-ex give birth in Belgium, so that he could name his son Feyenoord, the father said on Qmusic on Wednesday.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Jan 14 '20 16:10

AZ plans to have a new roof on the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar by the start of the coming football season, CEO Robert Eenhoorn said at the club's New Year's reception. For the rest of this season, the Alkmaar team will play without a roof on their stadium. 

"The aim is for the new stadium roof to be finished for the first matches of next season," Eenhoorn said. "Furthermore, the renovation plans will focus on comfort and experience."

Football
Dec 26 '19 09:10

Hundreds of people gathered at football club HVV Laakkwartier in The Hague on Wednesday to say goodbye to Bilal Aydin, a 20-year-old footballer who was stabbed to death in the city on Saturday. The club's main field was completely crowded with loved ones who came to show their respects, AD reports.

Football
Dec 19 '19 10:20

Football club Telstar released a statement on Wednesday, distancing itself from the behavior of its fans in a cup match against Ajax. During the match, fans shouted racist slurs at Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana, NU.nl reports.

Several people said on social media that spectators shouted "banana" at Onana, among other things. During the match Telstar said that it took note of events. The club released a statement afterwards.

Sifan Hassan
Dec 19 '19 09:26

Sifan Hassan and Mathieu van der Poel were named Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year at the Sports Gala in Amsterdam on Wednesday. The Team of the Year award went to the women's handball team. Hugo Haak was named Coach of the Year. And Jetze Plat won the award for Paralympic Athlete of the Year, NOS reports.

A doctor with the Dutch flag
Dec 18 '19 13:15

The Dutch government is implementing a large number of rules, regulations, and law changes at the stroke of midnight on January 1. Below is a summary of changes made in the category Health, Care and Sport:

Handball
Dec 17 '19 10:00

The Dutch Women's Handball team returned to the Netherlands on Tuesday morning as the new World Champions. They arrived at Schiphol at 5:00 a.m., and despite the early hour, were awaited by dozens of fans. The Dutch women won the World Cup on Sunday and is one of the nominees for Sports Team of the Year, NU.nl reports.

Sports equipment
Dec 16 '19 08:53

The number of cases reported to the sports disciplinary court ISR increased significantly. In past years the ISR handled an average of five cases per year. So far this year there's been 52, excluding doping cases. "This mainly concerns sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior", ISR secretary Henk van Aller said to the Telegraaf.

Ajax
Dec 11 '19 08:29

Ajax was eliminated from the Champions League after a 0-1 loss against Valencia in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Coach Erik ten Hag is very disappointed, calling the defeat unnecessary. "We had the opportunities, but we did not take advantage of it," he said, according to NU.nl. "This is incredibly bitter.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Dec 10 '19 12:12

AZ will be playing its league match against Ajax in its own stadium on Sunday. After inspecting the AFAS stadium, and advice from TNO, the municipality of Alkmaar decided to release the stadium in time for the match. 

Marco van Basten
Dec 3 '19 11:50

EA Sports decided to drop Marco van Basten from its FIFA 20 game after a Nazi-related comment he made on television on November 24th. "We have an expectation that our commitment to equality and diversity is upheld across our game. As such, we will suspend Marco van Basten ICON items from being available in Pacs, SBCs and FUT Draft until further notice", EA sports said in a statement.

Feyenoord host Rangers in 2019-20 Europa League Group G
Nov 29 '19 11:54

The police arrested or detained a total of 42 people around the football match between Rotterdam's Feyenoord the Glasgow Rangers on Thursday. In addition to the fans who went to watch the match in De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, hundreds of Scottish football supporters also gathered in Amsterdam.

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