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Oranje Netherlands football UEFA EURO 2012
Aug 13 '19 12:30

Wesley Sneijder is no longer playing professional football, the 35-year-old midfielder said almost in passing when announcing that he had "signed" with FC Utrecht. In reality, the signing was with the FC Utrecht Business Club, which gives fans access to skyboxes, hospitality lounges, and special events.

"My feeling for the city is great. Now that I have stopped playing football, I want to have a nice place to share my memories", he said to FC Utrecht TV. The native Utrechter decided to rent out a sky box in the Galgenwaard stadium.

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Aug 13 '19 10:01

A report raising concerns about fire safety and structural integrity of AFAS stadium that was released shortly before the new stadium opened in 2006, was ignored by the Alkmaar city council and office of mayor and aldermen, former alderman Victor Kloos said to De Stentor. 

"We warned about it at the time. In the meantime, I have requested all documents, investigations and reports from that time from the municipality", party leader Kloos of OPA - currently the largest party in the Alkmaar city council - said to the newspaper. 

The roof of the AFAS stadium in Alkmaar partially collapsed during a storm, 10 August 2019
Aug 12 '19 09:22

The Dutch Safety Board launched an exploratory investigation into the partial collapse of the AFAS stadium's roof during a storm in Alkmaar on Saturday. Football team AZ is also conducting an independent investigation. The stadium is currently inaccessible, which means that AZ can play no home matches at the stadium for the time being, NU.nl reports.

Fallen tree
Aug 10 '19 18:51

One person was killed, and separately a portion of the AFAS Stadion roof collapsed as heavy winds gripped the Netherlands on Saturday. Wind gusts in IJmuiden, at the North Sea coast, even topped 104 kilometers per hour.

A bicyclist died at about 2:30 p.m. in Linschoten, Utrecht, when the heavy winds toppled a tree, which sent it crashing down on a bike path along the Haardijk. The tree struck the victim, a 58-year-old man from Lopik, a town 15 kilometers away from the accident.

PSV Eindhoven
Jul 31 '19 12:30

PSV is massively disappointed with their elimination from the Champions League by FC Basel in the second qualifying round on Tuesday. But the Eindhoven team will pull themselves back up and focus on the Eredivisie, right back Denzel Dumfries and captain Pablo Rosario said, NU.nl reports.

Tom Egbers
Jul 30 '19 15:20

Tom Egbers suffered a heart attack while on vacation. The 61-year-old NOS Studio Sport presenter will therefore be off screen for a while, NOS announced on Tuesday.

Egbers is doing well, but needs time to rest and recover, according to the broadcaster.

For the time being, his colleagues Henry Schut and Sjoerd van Ramhorst will stand in for him. Schut will lead the Eredivisie broadcast of Studio Sport at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. And Van Ramshorst will be the gest host of Studio Voetbal later in the evening. 

The new Eredivisie season starts this weekend. 

Oranje Women during the 2019 FIFA World Cup
Jul 12 '19 15:20

Thanks to their great success in the FIFA World Cup, the Oranje Lionesses jumped five spots in the FIFA world ranking. The Dutch women's football team is now ranked third best in the world, NOS reports.

Shanice van de Sanden and Megan Rapinoe celebrate the United States win and the Netherlands' 2nd place in the FIFA World Cup
Jul 9 '19 16:00

The Oranje Lionesses are not holding a grudge against the United States for beating them in the World Cup final on Sunday, or at least not according to a photo posted by Dutch player Shanice van de Sanden on Instagram. The photo shows her partying with American player Megan Rapinoe. 

Jul 8 '19 12:50

Nearly 5.5 million people tuned in to watch the Oranje Lionesses play against the United States in the FIFA World Cup Final on Sunday afternoon. This is a new record for the Oranje women, after the semi-final against Sweden attracted just over 5 million viewers, NOS reports.

Football
Jul 8 '19 07:40

Disappointed, but proud. Those three words sum up the emotions of the Oranje Lionesses after their 2-0 loss against the United States in the World Cup final in Lyon on Sunday. "Sure there is disappointment, but we had a fantastic tournament. This is now the result, and I am very proud", goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal said to NOS. 

Young Oranje fans after the Lionesses beat Sweden in the World Cup semi-finals in Lyon, 3 July 2019
Jul 7 '19 18:54

The excellent 2019 World Cup tournament run by the Dutch women's national football team came to a disappointing end on Sunday night when the United States beat the Netherlands 2-0. In a match where Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal racked up save after save securing the Golden Glove for the tournament, the U.S. was able to consistently pierce Dutch coach Sarina Wiegman's defensive strategy until a penalty broke the match wide open in the 61st minute.

Dominique Bloodworth
Jul 6 '19 08:45

The World Cup final against the United States on Sunday is extra special for Dominique Bloodworth. Because while she is playing for the Oranje Lionesses, she is married to an American. Despite this conflict of interest, the Oranje defender knows her in-laws support her and plans to make them proud, she said to NU.nl.

Young Oranje fans after the Lionesses beat Sweden in the World Cup semi-finals in Lyon, 3 July 2019
Jul 5 '19 14:30

It was an intense battle but midfielder Jackie Groenen ensured the European champions secured their place in World Cup history to face-off the defending champions, the United States, at this Sunday’s finals. The women of the Oranje Lionesses celebrated their semi-final 1-0 victory over Sweden on Wednesday, and thereby their first foray into the World Cup finals, with both jubilation and disbelief. 

2019 FIFA World Cup ball
Jul 5 '19 09:40

Football lovers who already bought tickets to attend a festival in the Netherlands this weekend, do not need to despair. A number of festivals realize that you can be both a music- and a football fan, and are therefore making arrangements to show the World Cup final between the Oranje Lionesses and the United States on Sunday.

Jul 4 '19 09:37

The Oranje Lionesses and their fans are elated by the Dutch team's progression to the World Cup Final after a 1-0 victory over Sweden on Wednesday. "Not normal, hey", Jackie Groenen, who scored the winning goal, said to NOS after the match. "We worked so hard, it's nice to play in this team. That I scored doesn't matter, it's more important that we won and that we are in the final."

Groenen praised the team spirit among the Oranje Lionesses. "We have a team that is there for each other and that works."

2019 FIFA World Cup ball
Jul 2 '19 13:30

Dutch football association KNVB is critical of the amount in prize money FIFA made available for the Women's World Cup - a total of around 26.5 million euros. While that is double the amount available four years ago, it is still a pittance compared to the 355 million euros paid to the men after the World Cup in Russia. "Yes, they doubled it, but if you double something that is nothing, it is still nothing", KNVB director Jan Dirk van der Zee said to the Telegraaf.

2019 FIFA World Cup ball
Jun 29 '19 17:05

The Dutch women's football team looked like they were a team possessed when they came out in the second half of their match against Italy, scoring twice to win 0-2. The two teams faced off in the 2019 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France on Saturday afternoon.

Thousands of Dutch fans showed up to support Oranje on Saturday. Even with the scorching 34-degree heat, the official attendance for the match topped 22 thousand.

Ajax football flag Amsterdam
Jun 27 '19 09:18

From next season the Ajax women's team will have their own collective bargaining agreement, the Amsterdam football club announced. Ajax is the first Dutch club to give its women's team their own labor agreement. Ajax called this the next step in professionalizing women's football.

Netherlands and Canada Flags
Jun 20 '19 20:46

The Oranje Leeuwinnen held their ground on Thursday to defeat Canada 2-1 in both teams' final Group E match of the 2019 World Cup. The Dutch women will go on to face Japan in the Round of 16 on Tuesday.

Soccer_ball_on_ground
Jun 12 '19 11:20

Dutch football association KNVB suspended a 34-year-old linesman from Haarlem football club Geel-Wit for three years for punching an UNO goalkeeper unconscious in March. The suspension is backdated to April 1st. The man may only again join a football club in 2022, a spokesperson for the KNVB confirmed to NU.nl after reports in Noordhollands Dagblad.

Football
Jun 12 '19 07:47

Amateur football clubs are an asset for criminals, who use them for money laundering, drug dealing, and creating an image of prestige and power in a neighborhood or town, according to a recent study by Tilburg University. Five football clubs from Zeeland and Noord-Brabant suspect that criminals are trying to infiltrate their club, according to the researchers, AD reports. 

Jun 11 '19 08:50

The Oranje women are kicking off their World Cup journey with their first match against New Zealand in Le Havre on Tuesday afternoon. The Dutch national women's team had their last training session, with the full selection, on Monday and are excited to get started.

Jail
Jun 10 '19 11:00

Four Amsterdam men were sentenced to jail by a British court for causing an affray and assaulting a police officer before a Champions League match between Ajax and Tottenham Hotspur in London on April 30th. The four Ajax fans are also banned from attending football matches in the United Kingdom for six years, the local police said in a statement.

2018-2019 UEFA Nations League match ball
Jun 9 '19 23:08

The 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League final was a disappointing blow for the Dutch men's national football team, which lost 1-0 to host nation Portugal. Oranje managed to a greater share of possession, but far fewer shots on goal and far more fouls than their rivals.

When asked if it was a tough loss, star Dutch player Matthijs de Ligt agreed it was disappointing, saying to broadcaster NOS, "Yeah, you want to win a final." He also called Portugal a very difficult team.

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