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Amsterdam Arena
Apr 25 '17 19:37

The Amsterdam ArenA football stadium and concert venue will be renamed Johan Cruijff Arena, a move that will no doubt please fans of both Amsterdam football club AFC Ajax and the Dutch national football team. The announcement was made late on Tuesday evening, what would have been Cruijff's 70th birthday. The football legend died on March 24, 2016, after battling lung cancer.

Football
Apr 21 '17 11:50

Video replay will be used to help referee all Netherlands football matches in the Eredivisie from the 2018/19 football season, Mike van der Roest of Dutch football association KNVB said to NOS. 

"We are going to do more cup matches next season. And from season 2018/2019 all Eredivisie matches", Van der Roest - project leader for video replay at the KNVB - said to the broadcaster. 

Ajax after the Europa League quarter finals against Schalke 04, 20 Apr 2017
Apr 21 '17 08:20

Two fans and a police officer were injured around the Europa League quarter final match between Ajax and Schalke 04 at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on Thursday, the German police said in a statement. There were also 129 arrests and charges filed against 49 people.

The police did not say whether the injured fans were Dutch or German.

Ajax Club
Apr 12 '17 14:50

At this stage Ajax sees no reason to take any extra security measures at the Europa League match between the Amsterdam club and Schalke 04 on Thursday, following a targeted attack on Borussia Dortmund in Germany last night, a spokesperson for the club said to AD. "Because the threat level is currently no different than the last few months", he said. 

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Apr 7 '17 10:25

Ajax is getting a new supporter's home, which will be located on the ground floor of the parking garage on the south side of the Amsterdam ArenA. The municipality of Amsterdam, the football club and the board of the foundation in charge of Supporters' Homes made an agreement on the new clubhouse on Thursday, RTL Nieuws reports.

Ajax will lease the location from the municipality. The Amsterdam football club will build and finance the supporters' home and lease it to the foundation. All supporters who misbehave inside or outside the stadium will be banned from the supporters' home.

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Apr 4 '17 16:50

The director of Red Bull Nederland dreams of one day owning a Dutch football club, he said on Monday, giving hope to a number of struggling football clubs in the country. But Dutch football association KNVB crushed those hopes - it is simply impossible for Red Bull to own a Dutch club under the current rules, KNVB spokesperson Koen Adriaanse said to Metro Nieuws.

Apr 3 '17 07:55

The Rotterdam police arrested 18 people during and after a match between Feyenoord and Ajax on Sunday. They were arrested on suspicion of crimes including insult, threats, vandalism and throwing fireworks, a spokesperson for the police told RTL Nieuws. Ajax won the match in the Amsterdam ArenA 2-1.

Feyenoord supporters followed the match on big screens on and around the square in Rotterdam. The police and riot police intervened several times after officers, journalists and camera crews were pelted with beer, stones, fireworks and other objects. 

Football
Mar 27 '17 16:30

For the second time in a row the Dutch national football team is at risk of missing the finals, due to a crushing defeat against Bulgaria on Saturday (2-0). On Monday morning the Dutch newspapers had no good word to say about now dismissed coach Danny Blind. On Monday afternoon the Oranje team started their last training session before a friendly match against Italy tomorrow under the guidance of interim coach Fred Grim.

Danny Blind
Mar 27 '17 07:31

Dutch football association KNVB dismissed Danny Blind as the coach of the national team after a dramatic 2-0 loss against Bulgaria in the World Cup qualifiers on Saturday. The KNVB made this decision on Sunday after hours long consultations between technical director Hans van Breukelen and Blind, NOS reports.

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Mar 10 '17 11:25

Despite unfavorable weather conditions, the French authorities are resuming the search for a missing Dutch snowboarder, who was buried by an avalanche with two friends on Tuesday. The victims were identified as Timo (22), Marcel (21) and Mark (25), all from Nijmegen, AD reports.

Football
Mar 8 '17 09:59

Tarek Karboutli, former goalkeeper of the national team of Syria, fled war in his country and applied for asylum in the Netherlands. Football team AFC immediately invited him to train with them, AT5 reports.

Karboutli is very happy with the invitation. "I hoped to get a chance with AFC. Now or in the future. But I'm very happy with the opportunity and I'm going to grab it with both hands", he said to the broadcaster. "And then you come to a club, where coaches and players are glad you're there. Everyone talks well of you, also to the people around them. I am very happy."

Feb 28 '17 14:50

The Amsterdam ArenA wants to play a key roll in the development of the 5G network by launching the super fast mobile network during the European Football Championships in 2020, along with other host cities. Ger Baron, Amsterdam's 'chief technology officer' will make this proposal at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Tuesday afternoon, Financieele Dagblad reports.

Football
Feb 23 '17 14:10

A  21-year-old Schiedam football player was arrested on Tuesday for aggravated assault on a referee during a football match on Sunday. The player headbutted 60-year-old Rotterdam referee Henry Swenandan during a match between Steeds Hoger 3 and Kocatepe 7, AD reports.

Five minutes before the end of the match, the referee issued a red card for tackling. The football player in question was not happy and headbutted the referee.

Destruction at Chmury bar in Warsaw, Poland after Legia Warsaw supporters attacked a group of Ajax fans, 16 Feb 2017
Feb 17 '17 16:55

A group of 80 Ajax supporters were fined by the local police in Warsaw on Thursday afternoon, prior to the Europa League match between Ajax and Legia Warsaw on Thursday evening. The Warsaw police were on high alert after about 50 masked men attacked some Ajax supporters in a bar in the city during the early hours of Thursday morning, AT5 reports.

Football
Feb 17 '17 14:20

Parents are refusing to let their kids play football on the ASV Arsenal fields due to renewed concerns that the rubber granules used in artificial turf may be toxic. In the mean time, the ASV Arsenal team is training in the Vondelpark, AT5 reports.

Destruction at Chmury bar in Warsaw, Poland after Legia Warsaw supporters attacked a group of Ajax fans, 16 Feb 2017
Feb 16 '17 12:10

Two videos were posted on YouTube showing the aftermath of a group of Ajax fans being attacked by Legia Warsaw supporters in a bar in Warsaw, Poland. The Amsterdam club is playing against the Warsaw club in the Europa League on Thursday.

According to the Telegraaf, a group of 50 Ajax fans were in a bar called Chmury today when it was suddenly stormed by about 50 masked Legia Warsaw supporters. They first threw stones at the bar and then forced their way in. Once inside they threw tables and chairs. Surprisingly, no one was injured.

Jan 13 '17 14:10

Banks and trust companies can do much more to prevent corruption, such as money laundering and fraud, in football, the Dutch central bank DNB concluded after investigating how financial firms deal with the risk of shady practices in football, the Volkskrant reports.

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Jan 10 '17 16:05

ADO Den Haag supporters narrowly missed out on the Besst Fan prize at the FIFA gala in Zurich on Monday. They came in third place with 23 percent of the votes, for their teddy toss for sick kids in September last year, NU.nl reports.

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Dec 28 '16 11:10

Family members of El-Hasan D. from Amsterdam, who was convicted for involvement in the death of football linesman Richard Nieuwenhuizen in 2012, launched a fundraising campaign to help D. raise the money for the compensation he has to pay to his victim's family. D. has to pay some 60 thousand euros in compensation, Het Parool reports.

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Dec 15 '16 09:39

The police arrested seven men for brawling prior to a football match between PEC Zwolle and FC Utrecht in Zwolle on Wednesday. The police believe that all arrested suspects are supporters of one of the two football teams, De Stentor reports.

The police responded to reports of a brawl on Rhijvis Feithlaan, at the height of Banginesingel on Wednesday afternoon. Several officers were already on site preparing for the football match. They were therefore able to stop the brawl soon after it began.

Dec 15 '16 09:23

The management of the Amsterdam ArenA and the family of Johan Cruijff are nearing an agreement on naming the stadium after the football legend. According to newspaper AD, there is only one obstacle that needs to be cleared.

The obstacle in the way of the agreement is that the Cruijff family would prefer that the stadium does not also carry the name of a sponsor. They do not want Johan Cruijff's name and memory to be connected with a random company. 

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Dec 1 '16 07:34

Amsterdam will not accept rubber granules in new artificial turf fields, no matter what the results of the RIVM investigation into whether or not these granules are hazardous to health. The people have lost confidence in the granules, sports alderman Eric van der Burg said during an emergency debate on the matter on Wednesday, Het Parool reports.

De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam
Nov 30 '16 13:30

Architecture firm OMA presented its feasibility study for Feyenoord City on Wednesday. Feyenoord hopes to get 135 million euros from the municipality of Rotterdam for the new stadium, which will have capacity for 63 thousand spectators. The Rotterdam team hopes to start using the new football stadium on the Nieuwe Maas in 2022, NU.nl reports

ADO Den Haag mural
Nov 30 '16 10:29

Football club ADO Den Haag is suing its Chinese shareholder. During a general meeting of representatives on Tuesday, the club's lawyer hadned a subpoena to representatives of United Vansen demanding that the shareholders fulfill their financial obligations. The Chinese company owns 98 percent of the shares in the Hague football club, Voetbal International reports.

As expected, major shareholder Hui Wang was not present at the meeting. But his son Terry Wang received the subpoena. 

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