Boycotting the World Cup 2018 in Russia will not lead to a solution, according to FIFA. After the plane crash disaster in Ukraine last week, various newspapers and ex-international footballer John van 't Schip, have been pushing for a boycott.
Ex-international footballer Johan van 't Schip has urged Dutch football association KNVB to boycott the 2018 World Cup being hosted by Russia. Germany is currently taking the lead in trying to prevent Russia from hosting, with several politicians making it clear that they find this irresponsible.
Team Belkin will be sponsored by De Lotto in a new sponsor deal for the cycling team. This means that the team's existence after this season is guaranteed. The deal was made on Sunday night via a conference call.
Arjen Robben has joined Lionel Messi and Thomas Müller as the best players in this World Cup. FIFA has given the Dutch forward the Bronze Ball. After Germany beat Argentina in the finals, it was Messi who won Gold, and Müller won Silver.
The Dutch national team landed in Rotterdam The Hague Airport just before 5 p.m. Sunday evening. They were met by several hundreds of Oranje fans cheering them back into the country, thanking them for a great World Cup.
With two quick goals, excellent defending from Ron Vlaar, and a third goal to seal the deal, the Netherlands took a third place finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, beating host country Brazil 3-0. The Brazilians took fourth place in the tournament, having lost two matches in a row.
Lionel Messi dedicated last night's win over The Netherlands to Argentinian journalist Jorge 'Topo' López, who was killed in a car crash in São Paolo earlier Wednesday morning.
Yesterday's match against Argentina was watched by around 9.1 million people, making it the most-watched program on television ever, according to the NOS. On Twitter, the match was the third most tweeted World Cup match so far.
Newspapers in The Netherlands are bemoaning the loss of the Germany v. Netherlands World Cup Final this morning. Foreign headlines speak of disappointment, and swear it would be different if Tim Krul would have been subbed in before the fatal penalty shootouts that saw Argentina dominate and progress to the finals instead.
A "lost dream", according to the Volkskrant. A "penalty drama", says the Algemeen Dagblad. Trouw called Wesley Sneijder unimpressive against Argentina.
The Netherlands' World Cup championship dreams have been shelved for another four years after Argentina beat the Dutch squad in penalties. Argentina put four penalties past goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, while Argentine keeper Sergio Romero blocked two of the Netherlands four shots.
After four days off following the penalty shootout victory over Costa Rica, the Netherlands is ready to take on Argentina and go on to win the World Cup, according to Dutch coach Louis van Gaal. He also told NU.nl that if his squad goes into a shootout situation with Argentina on Wednesday night he will try to substitute in goalkeeper Tim Krul again.
The World Cup is an exciting time for a lot of people. For one dog, however, the excitement was a little too much to bear. A room full of people cheering when Dutch substitute goalie Tim Krul saved the second penalty kick by Costa Rica in the shootouts on Sunday was too much for dog Beike from Ede, who took to his heels and fled. The family is still searching for their beloved hound.
In The Netherlands, almost 7.5 million people watched the match between Oranje and Costa Rica at home, according to data from the viewership research organization Foundation Kijkonderzoek. A similar number of tweets were sent out about the match on Sunday.
In the semi-finals against The Netherlands on Wednesday, Argentina is going to play without forward Ángel di María, who is out with an injury to his femur, and certain Dutch players may also be absent in the crucial match.
In a match that went 120 minutes without a single goal, the Netherlands disposed of Costa Rica in penalties, 4-3. A stunning last minute goalkeeper substitution by Dutch coach Louis van Gaal looked brilliant after Tim Krul stopped two of five Costa Rican penalty shots, securing a Dutch victory.
The Netherlands will play Argentina in the semi-final on Wednesday at 10 p.m.
Bryan Ruiz, captain of the Costa Rican football team, has been tipping his team's coach on the Dutch players. As he played for FC Twente, he says he knows a lot of the players very well and has been able to help Jorge Luis Pinto with the necessary information, the ANP reports.
Nigel de Jong will no longer be able to assist The Netherlands in their World Cup campaign due to a groin injury that will see him inactive on the bench for the next two to four weeks. On Twitter, De Jong says he is "devastated" at the news, but encourages his team to remain focused.
The match between The Netherlands and Mexico on Sunday evening was watched by almost 8.1 million Dutch people at home. On Twitter, 9.1 million tweets were sent out about the match. The Netherlands will meet Costa Rica on July 5th.
Royal Dutch Airlines has become the focus of a racism row over a tweet the airline posted after Oranje's controversial last-minute win over Mexico in the World Cup match on Sunday.
Facing imminent elimination with only minutes left in the World Cup match against Mexico, the Netherlands found a way to put the ball in the back of the net twice to win 2-0. The thrilling game saw Oranje knock Mexico out of the tournament, and move on to face the winner of the Greece-Costa Rica match later Sunday evening.
If The Netherlands manages to secure the world championship in this FIFA World Cup, then their bonus may be a free trip into space. Dutch space travel company SXC has asked Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal to offer this to his players.
For the first time in 34 years, the Parkpop organization has decided to temporarily put the festival on hold during the Word Cup game between The Netherlands and Mexico this Sunday. The organizers of the free music festival located at the Zuiderpark in Den Haag, first announced that the festival will carry on as planned but to prevent visitors from leaving just before the game they have decided to show the match on big screens beginning with the 6 p.m. kickoff.
The Netherlands-based cycling team sponsored by Belkin has announced the selection of their Tour de France cyclists earlier this week. Seven Dutch will travel to the starting line in Leeds, England where this year's Tour begins.