Despite the Netherlands suffering a 2-3 defeat against Germany in the European Championship qualifier on Sunday, Dutch coach Ronald Koeman is still very proud of his team. After ending the first half 0-2 behind the German team, Oranje made a major comeback in the second half. "I am proud of how we played in the second half. We were 2-0 behind. Then you can just give up, but we played great", Koeman said to NOS.
Skater Sven Kramer took the European all-round title on Sunday. This is the ninth individual victory for the three-time Olympic champion this winter, NU.nl reports.
"This is one of my best", Kramer said on Sunday. "The great atmosphere, every day packed grandstands in the new Thialf, it was a fantastic skating weekend."
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.
The next big loser after Oranje were eliminated from the European Championships in France next year, losing 2-3 to the Czech Republic, will be major parts of the Dutch economy. Revenue losses for the supermarket/retail industry are estimated to be as much as 50 million euros.
With seven goals from six games, the call came as a surprise to Ajax striker Anwar El Ghazi when Dutch coach Danny Blind announced him in the Dutch squad for the last two European Championship qualifiers on Friday. Parool reported that El Ghazi said he was not even thinking about it when he read it on the internet, and was really happy about his selection.
Oranje suffered a 0-1 defeat in the European Championship qualifier against Iceland in Amsterdam on Thursday night. On Friday morning Dutch newspapers were merciless in their criticism of the national team's first match under the new coach Danny Blind.
The Dutch men’s national football team is expected to square off against the United States on June 5 in a friendly match, SI.com reported. The game would take place just one week before a critical Oranje qualifier European Championship qualifier against Latvia.
Sven Kramer is calling on the International Skating Union (ISU) to reach a sollution now that several skaters have indicated that they are considering a boycott of the European Championship all-round in Russia.
Following exceedingly racist reactions to a selfie posted by footballer Leroy Fer, the Dutch national football association, KNVB, confirmed they contacted the public prosecutor to investigate the response for possible crimes. The football association waited until after Sunday’s European Championship qualifier against Latvia before making their decision, to prevent any unnecessary distractions amongst teammates.
The football players of the Dutch team at the World Cup in Brazil, will soon receive their bonus of reportedly around 150 thousand euro.
With two goals late in the second half, the Netherlands dispatched World Cup Group B rivals Chile to win their group Monday evening. Oranje won all three games in the group stage, handily beating Spain 5-1 and beating Australia in a challenging 3-2 duel.