The Amsterdam Arena will officially be renamed the Johan Cruijff Arena from the next football season, was announced on Thursday after long negotiations between stadium management, the Amsterdam municipality and Ajax. The Dutch football legend's family is pleased that a decision has finally been made, though it could have happened faster, Carole Thate, who acts as spokesperson for the family, said to NU.nl.
A woman was seriously injured at football club RKVV Brabantia in Eindhoven on Monday night when she fell from the stadium's stands. She fell several meters to the ground and was rushed to hospital by ambulance, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
"Nobody knows exactly what happened", Erik Vos, chairman of RKVV Brabantia, said to the newspaper. The woman fell around 8:30 p.m. "It is not known if anyone saw her fall or if someone was with her. The police are investigating and questioned a lot of people."
Amsterdam football team Ajax honored Abdelhak Nouri on his 21st birthday on Monday with a video posted on Twitter. "We think about you every day, but on your birthday a little bit more", the team wrote with the video, adding the hashtag #StayStrongAppie.
Amsterdam police chief Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg is annoyed at a number of supermarkets in the Red Light District, that bought extra beer and liquor to sell to English football supporters who came to the Dutch capital to watch the Netherlands vs England practice match. These supermarkets did not take their responsibility to prevent drunken football hooligans rampaging through the city, according to him, Het Parool reports.
British football association FA released a statement condemning English football fans' behavior in Amsterdam around a friendly match between the Dutch and English teams on Friday. Around 100 British football fans were arrested in the Dutch capital on Thursday and Friday, mostly for disrupting public order, according to RTL Nieuws.
Most of the arrested supporters have since been fined and sent home, according to the broadcaster.
A Dutch football player is suspected of involvement in five armed robberies in the area around Turnhout in Belgium - robberies on a casino, a gas station, a supermarket and two gambling offices,RTL Nieuws reports.
Ismail H., 22, had a contract with AS Roma and played for Westerlo on a rental basis. He was fired in January, according to the broadcaster.
Wesley Sneijder is saying goodbye to international football, he announced on Sunday. The decision was made in consultation with new coach Ronald Koeman. He hopes to play one last match for the Dutch national team. "It is my wish - and that is known by the KNVB - to say goodbye to my fellow internationals and the Oranje fans in a beautiful way", Sneijder said to the Telegraaf on Monday.
Footballer Robin van Persie may return to the Dutch national team under new coach Ronald Koeman. Koeman is keeping the possibility open, he said to broadcaster NOS.
"If he shows the necessary fitness and shows that he is still one of the best... Then who am I not to select him. Age does not matter, what matters is what they show", Koeman said.
Ronald Koeman will be signing a contract next week to coach the Dutch national football team up to and including the World Cup of 2022, the Telegraaf reports. The former Barca player reached an agreement with football association KNVB and will sign his contract next Friday. His performance will be evaluated before or after the European Championships in 2020, according to the newspaper.
Koeman confirmed last week that he is in talks with the KNVB. It is expected that he will start coaching Oranje in March already.
The family of football legend Johan Cruijff regrets that that still no agreement has been reached about renaming the Amsterdam Arena to the Johan Cruijff Arena, Cruijff's son Jordi Cruijff wrote in his column in the Telegraaf on Monday.
Amsterdam missed out on the chance to host the opening match of the UEFA Euro 2020, but the Dutch capital will play host to several Group C and Round of 16 matches during the European football championship. Bucharest, Romania was also named host of Group C matches, and it will also serve as a quarter-final location.
Rome's OIympic Stadium was selected by the European football federation as the site for the opening match. The Italian stadium is also a quarter-final site. The semi-finals and final of UEFA Euro 2020 will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
American president Donald Trump was also on people in the Netherlands' minds this year, according to Twitter. The social media platform released the top Twitter trends of the Netherlands for 2017, and Trump is number four on the list. Like last year, 'vacture', or 'vacancy' in English, topped the list for the Netherlands this year. According to Twitter, this shows that the platform plays an important role in finding jobs in the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.
A 40-year-old player for football club Victoria '03 from Oudenbosch was arrested for kicking a player for football club DSE in the head during a match between the two teams in Etten-Leur on Sunday. The victim was taken to hospital, Omroep Brabant reports.
The DSE player's condition is stable, a board member of the club said to the broadcaster.
Dick Advocaat resigned as coach of Dutch national football team Oranje, he announced after Oranje won a match against Romania 0-3 on Tuesday. He already decided that he would step down if the Netherlands didn't make it to the World Cup, he said, according to RTL Nieuws. "The main reason I'm leaving is that I find it time for another generation. The younger people must take over at Oranje."
An 18-year-old man from the Noord-Brabant town of Langenboom was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl from te same town, the police said in a statement. "What exactly happened, the police don't know yet. The sex crime department is investigating the case", the police said.
Several local residents told newspaper AD that the sexual assault happened at local football club SES Langenboom on Dennendijk. The girl was playing on the terrain of the club when the young man attacked her.
Child pornography found on a 21-year-old man from Schaijk, contained young members of local football club DAW Schaijk, according to Omroep Brabant. The man, arrested on Tuesday, used to be a youth leader at the football club. He worked with boys between the ages of 12 and 14.
The police arrested a 21-year-old man in Schaijk, Noord-Brabant, in on ongoing investigation into child pornography. The man is the leader of a youth team at local football club DAW Schaijk, the club confirmed to Omroep Brabant.
Former Ajax and Vitesse footballer Abubakari Yakubu passed away at the age of 35 in a hospital in his native country of Ghana on Tuesday, NOS reports. The cause of his death is not yet clear.
Yakubu played for Ajax between 1999 and 2004. The defender also played five seasons with Vitesse, and took the field for the Ghana national team 16 times between 2002 and 2006.
Lieke Martens was named female football player of the year at the FIFA Gala on Monday. And coach Sarina Wiegman won the title of best coach of a women's team. The two women, and the rest of the Oranje Lionesses, won the European Championship over the summer. The Dutch women were not at the award ceremony in London, because they are preparing for the World Cup qualifier against Norway in Groningen on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.
Despite a win against Sweden on Tuesday, the Dutch national football team will not go through to the World Cup in Russia next year. Oranje beat Sweden 2-0, but a win of 7-0 was needed for the Dutch team to place in the playoffs for the World Cup, RTL Nieuws reports.
Dutch football association KNVB declared 1,461 tickets for the match between Oranje and Sweden invalid because they were offered on resale websites for too high prices. "We want football to remain accessible to everyone", KNVB director Gijs de Jong said to the Telegraaf.
A 26-year-old football player for SC Helmondia collapsed on the field during a match against SPV in Vlierden on Sunday. The young man died in hospital on Sunday night, a board member of SC Helmondia confirmed to Omroep Brabant on Monday.
A few minutes after half time, the footballer went to sit down because he did not feel well. He collapsed a short time later. He went into cardiac arrest. Teammates and a player for SPV resuscitated him on the field and he was rushed to the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven. He was kept in a medically induced coma until he passed away.
Stefano van Delden, manager of Jong Ajax player Mees de Wit, was attacked after a football match in Helmond on Friday night. "It was clearly about my skin color", he said, according to RTL Nieuws. He pressed charges of public violence and vandalism with the police. Football director of Helmond Sport, Marcel van den Bunder, condemned the violence on Monday. He called it "unacceptable" and "unworthy of Helmond Sport" in a response to Omroep Brabant.
Ruud Gullit, assistant coach for the Dutch national football team, expressed regret for filming a video with the footballers in the locker room after the match between the Netherlands and Bulgaria on Sunday evening. The video caused some controversy when he posted it on social media, NU.nl reports.